Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb won the Players' Player of the Season award and his Edinburgh counterpart Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was selected as the Young Player of the Season at the GUINNESS PRO12 Awards evening in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin tonight.
Leinster have relinquished their GUINNESS PRO12 crown this season and one of the main reasons behind their failure to reach the play-offs is their disappointing away form. They have one final chance to win on the road when visiting Edinburgh at the home of Scottish rugby.
The Leinster Rugby Awards Ball took place on Saturday at the Double Tree by Hilton in front of over 500 attendees, as Leinster Rugby celebrated the achievements of those on and off the field in both the domestic and the professional game.
With Leinster's hopes of retaining their GUINNESS PRO12 crown now over, Matt O'Connor's men still have some work to do in order to qualify for next season's European Champions Cup. A five-point return against Benetton Treviso would be the ideal response.
Ireland and Leinster star Gordon D'Arcy has announced that he will retire after the Rugby World Cup later this year. IN an open letter to supporters on LeinterRugby.ie he announced his decision this morning.
Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor has this morning confirmed the signing of Isa Nacewa who will join the province for the start of pre-season training ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. O'Connor said that Nacewa would be returning in 'a playing capacity only'.
Man-of-the-match Iain Henderson and Paddy Jackson led the way as Ulster produced a performance full of grit, determination and no little flair to win a fiery interprovincial derby clash with Leinster at rain-hit Kingspan Stadium.
Ulster's second of three successive interprovincial derby matches could see them dethrone reigning GUINNESS PRO12 champions Leinster, with Matt O'Connor's men in a 'must win' scenario at Kingspan Stadium tonight.
Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip is in the running for the EPCR European Player of the Year award for 2015. He has been included on the shortlist with players from Champions Cup finalists Clermont Auvergne and Toulon and beaten semi-finalists Saracens.
As Leinster prepare for Friday's derby clash with Ulster, Sean O'Brien spoke about getting over the disappointment of their European Champions Cup exit and quickly switching the focus to the 'must win' GUINNESS PRO12 trip to Kingspan Stadium.