Leinster head coach Leo Cullen says that Robbie Henshaw and Sean O'Brien are 'making good progress' and that Jonathan Sexton is 'a couple of weeks away' from making a return to action for the province.
Munster will enter the competitive season off the back of a comprehensive 52-21 triumph over Worcester Warriors, with James Cronin, Simon Zebo, Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O'Mahony, Ian Keatley and Cian Bohane all touching down and the province's scrum yielding a penalty try.
New All Black recruit Charles Piutau lit up Kingspan Stadium tonight as he scored a try and made two more in a 29-19 victory over top Aviva Premiership outfit Northampton Saints in Ulster's final pre-season friendly.
Ireland Women's Rugby stars gathered in Kingspan Stadium, Belfast to launch tickets for the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 final which will take place in the Kingspan Stadium in 365 days' time (August 26, 2017) and the semi-finals day, which takes place on August 22.
The Ulster coaching staff have named the two squads for Friday's double header at Kingspan Stadium. Ulster 'A' will take on Canada 'A' at 5.15pm and the province's senior team will host Northampton Saints at 7.30pm.
Ireland internationals James Cronin, Tommy O'Donnell and Simon Zebo will line out for Munster in Cork this Friday with injury returnee Tyler Bleyendaal and new signing Jean Kleyn also included in Rassie Erasmus' team to face Worcester Warriors at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 7pm).
Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss and Ireland star Tommy Bowe are relishing the prospect of kicking off the new GUINNESS PRO12 season. We caught up with them at the launch this week in the Aviva Stadium.
PRO12 Rugby has announced that GUINNESS will continue as title sponsor of the GUINNESS PRO12 Rugby Championship for another four years until 2020, continuing the strong partnership with the competition that began in 2014.
Naas Rugby Club have announced the signing of Fionn Carr for their upcoming Ulster Bank League campaign. For the first time in their history, Naas have earned promotion to Division 1B and the signing of Carr is a major boost for them.