The GUINNESS PRO12 launches back into action in style this weekend with three games on the opening Friday night. Last season's beaten semi-finalists, Ulster and the Ospreys, face each other in Belfast, while over in Galway, Connacht also welcome Welsh opposition, the Newport Gwent Dragons this time making the trip west.
There were home victories for Munster and Leinster in the penultimate round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship, as they set up a title decider at Thomond Park next Saturday. Check out the best pics from last weekend's games.
Two-try hero Andrew Conway was in eye-catching form as Munster returned to winning ways against London Irish - just a week before they open the GUINNESS PRO12 at home to Benetton Treviso. Check out some photos from Friday's pre-season friendly at Irish Independent Park.
Reigning IRFU Women's Interprovincial champions Munster and 2014 winners Leinster continued their winning ways in this season's tournament to set up a winner-takes-all clash for the title next weekend, writes Kate Rowan.
To borrow golfing parlance, today is 'moving day' in the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship. Can Connacht and Ulster bounce back from their opening weekend defeats, or will Munster and Leinster keep on track to set up a title decider at Thomond Park next Saturday?
Munster rounded off the Kearys Renault Series with a 21-15 victory over London Irish at Irish Independent Park tonight, as Andrew Conway touched down twice and Francis Saili crossed for his first Munster try.
Johne Murphy has today announced his retirement from professional rugby, calling time on a hugely successful ten-year career which saw the utility back win titles with both Munster and Leicester Tigers.
There were some new faces at today's GUINNESS PRO12 season launch in London, including newly-appointed Leinster head coach Leo Cullen and stand-in captain Kevin McLaughlin. Check out some photos from the event at Diageo headquarters.
As stars of Ireland's Six Nations-winning campaign were shining at the Women's Sevens Dublin tournament, there were also stellar performances from fellow internationals such as Ireland captain Niamh Briggs, Ailis Egan and Sophie Spence in the fifteen-a-side game in the opening round of the IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship. Kate Rowan reviews the action.
Portadown RFC and the Sportsground in Galway play host to the two opening fixtures of this season's IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship as Ulster entertain Leinster and Connacht tackle defending champions Munster. Kate Rowan previews Saturday's games.
Pat Lam has named a 26-man squad to face Munster in Connacht's third and final pre-season clash before the start of the GUINNESS PRO12 in two weeks' time. The Thomond Park fixture kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday night, the same day that the Connacht Sevens side, coached by Conor McPhillips, will compete in the Limerick World Club Sevens tournament.
As he approaches completion of his first pre-season in the senior ranks, Jack O'Donoghue plans to build on last season's experiences in challenging for a regular position in the Munster starting line-up.
The eagerly-awaited 2015/16 IRFU Women's Interprovincial Championship begins this weekend. Niamh Briggs and Lesley Megarity, the respective new Munster and Ulster captains, previewed the competition with Irish Rugby TV.
The opening fixtures this Saturday see defending champions Munster clashing with Connacht at the Sportsground and Leinster, last year's runners-up, face Ulster at Portadown RFC. Both games kick off at 3pm.
The 2015/16 European Champions Cup will kick off in style when Leicester Tigers host Stade Francais in a mouthwatering round 1 clash at Welford Road on Friday, November 13. The Pool 4 meeting of the two-time winners and the reigning Top 14 champions - live on BT Sport - is just one of a number of heavyweight confrontations scheduled for the opening weekend of Europe's elite club tournament.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to face Grenoble at Thomond Park on Friday (kick-off 7pm). He has chosen a blend of senior, Academy, Sub Academy and club talent for the first game of the Kearys Renault Series.
Munster have signed winger Shane Monahan on a three-month contract. The Drogheda native, who has been training with the province for the last three weeks, has officially signed up on a short-term basis in providing Rugby World Cup cover.
The provinces have been busy both on and off the pitch in recent weeks, with the new GUINNESS PRO12 season now just weeks away. Check out some photos from the four camps, courtesy of Inpho Photography and Dickson Digital.
With his long-awaited Munster senior debut just days away, Tyler Bleyendaal has spoken about his decision to move to Munster and his anticipation at lining out against Grenoble at Thomond Park on Friday night (kick-off 7pm).
The GUINNESS PRO12 final has a neutral venue for the first time as Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, plays host to the two most consistent teams during the regular season - table toppers Glasgow Warriors and second-placed Munster.