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.
Nick McCarthy notched a brace of tries as Leinster held off a strong final quarter surge from Gloucester to take a 26-24 verdict in this afternoon's Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly at Tallaght Stadium.
It may have been an August pre-season encounter but one could be forgiven for thinking it was late November with unseasonable wintry conditions greeting the 2,300-plus support base in Waterford tonight for the first round of the Kearys Renault Series.
Les Kiss has named an exciting squad for Ulster's pre-season trip to Exeter Chiefs on Saturday (Sandy Park, kick-off 3pm). The fixture will give Kiss an opportunity to assess some of his more experienced players, along with some Hughes Insurance Academy graduates.
Saracens, last season's winners of an historic Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership double, will get their 2016/17 European campaign underway with a truly heavyweight clash with three-time champions Toulon at Stade Félix Mayol on Saturday, October 15.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU have announced the contract extension of Ireland international Finlay Bealham. The 24-year-old prop, who was first capped for Ireland during this year's RBS 6 Nations, has signed a new contract that will see him play at the Sportsground until at least the summer of 2019.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has announced the starting line-up and extended squad to take on Gloucester in the second Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Queen's University, the oldest continuous rugby club in Ulster, is hoping with the help of Louis Ludik and former prop Bronson Ross to gain promotion to Division 1B of the Ulster Bank League this season.
Connacht Rugby and the IRFU today announced that centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby due to a concussion injury and following a review with a neurologist last week where he was advised to retire.
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has revealed his first Munster matchday squad for the province's pre-season clash with Zebre on Friday. Round 1 of the 2016 Kearys Renault Series sees Munster host the Italians at the Waterford RSC (kick-off 7pm).