Munster will face Leicester in the final of this year's Heineken Cup after the defending champions pipped Llanelli with an injury time penalty to win 13-12 at the City Ground in Nottingham
Played in dreadful conditions, with the players having to contend with driving rain and hailstones, it was a game that, perhaps not surprisingly, was littered with error and one that Llanelli looked like winning for long periods. They led 9-3 at the break, three Stephen Jones penalties to one from Tim Stimpson before the only try of the game from Tigers' scrum-half Harry Ellis. Stimpson's conversion edged the title holders in front (10-9) but Jones struck again to put Lllanelli back in the lead with 27 minutes of normal time. For most of that time Llanelli were forced to defend as Leicester's formidable pack rumbled forward, denied a breakthrough only by some outstanding defence. Jones saw a long range effort drift narrowly wide and in the closing stages, after Leicester themselves had seen their own line threatened, they were awarded a penalty forty metres out which struck the cross bar and then the upright before plopping over for the heartbreaking score - From a Llanelli point of view.
Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Women's November International Series to be held in the UCD Bowl. Kids go free with any adult tickets. Ireland will face world champions England, top ranked Canada and the Black Ferns of New Zealand.
Tournament Director Garrett Tubridy sets the scene for an exciting weekend of rugby at UCD where 16 Women's Sevens teams will battle it out at for one qualifying spot for the Rio Olympics. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie/sevens.
Tadhg Furlong reflects on a disappointing day for Ireland against South Africa. However, he will take positives from his first Test start and be ready to build for the final match of the series in Port Elizabeth.
Paddy Jackson is preparing for Ireland's second Test against South Africa on Saturday (kick-off 5pm local time/4pm Irish time). The Ulster out-half has been checking out Ellis Park in advance of the match.
Nicole Cronin, the inaugural Irish Women's Sevens Player of the Year in 2014, is looking to make an impact on her return to the green jersey at this weekend's Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia.
The Ireland Women's 15-a-side captain Niamh Briggs was part of the Irish Development team that won the Amsterdam 7s title recently. Next up is the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series in Kazan, Russia this weekend and then a shot at Olympic Sevens qualification at UCD on June 25-26.