It has been confirmed that Connacht centre Dave McSharry suffered a grade 2 PCL tear to his knee during a recent training session. Recovery time for the 25-year-old is likely to be from eight to ten weeks.
Emer O'Mahony and Kim Flood were the star performers at Templeville Road today as Railway Union were crowned Women's All-Ireland Cup champions for the first time with an outstanding 27-0 victory over Highfield.
Defending champions Clontarf are the latest team to reach the Division 1A play-offs and Ballynahinch, now in fourth, are leading the race to join them. Dolphin have been relegated following their loss to 'Hinch, while it is still nip and tuck between promotion chasers Garryowen and Galwegians at the top of Division 1B. Corinthians and Malone will be playing Division 2A rugby next season.
There is a lot more than just bragging rights on the line at Thomond Park as despite being nicely positioned in the GUINNESS PRO12 table, third-placed Munster and Connacht, in sixth, both have teams below them ready to pounce if they lose again.
Late tries from Louis Ludik and Paul Marshall secured a 36-17 bonus point victory for Ulster over the plucky Cardiff Blues, as Neil Doak's men cut Glasgow Warriors' lead at the top of the GUINNESS PRO12 to just two points.
Less than a week after lifting the RBS 6 Nations trophy, Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has won the RBS Player of the Championship award. Securing over 26% of the public vote, the Limerick man received the backing of 18,842 fans.
Ulster Rugby have today confirmed that Chris Henry has been selected as a replacement for tonight's GUINNESS PRO12 game against Cardiff Blues. Henry suffered a mini-stroke in November and underwent heart surgery to repair a defect in his heart wall.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named a strong selection to face Connacht in round 18 of the GUINNESS PRO12 at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 5.15pm). Centre Denis Hurley captains a side which includes a number of returning Ireland internationals.
The battle to reach the Ulster Bank League Division 1A play-offs resumes on Saturday with a huge amount riding on the result of Clontarf's clash with Cork Constitution. Relegation matters also need to be sorted out with bottom side Dolphin facing a 'must win' game against play-off chasers Ballynahinch.
The battle for the Division 1B automatic promotion place is now a three-horse race as Dublin University and Garryowen continue to press front runners Galwegians. At the opposite end of the table, Corinthians, Malone and UL Bohemians are all under pressure to avoid relegation.