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Collisions, kids and Connacht are class: A dozen great images from the Pro12 year

Irish provinces said goodbye to some great servants in 2015.

THERE ARE NO prizes for performances within a calendar year, but while 2015 was an underwhelming time for teams accustomed to claiming silverware, there were still highs and lows for Ulster, Leinster and Munster to endure while the Pro12′s most exciting team went throughan absolute rollercoaster ride.

Here are some of our favourite pictures from the Pro12 in 2015.

Felix Jones leads the charge for Munster in a March win over Connacht

The fullback would be forced to retire this season.

Felix Jones makes a break Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Madigan and Leinster came back from the dead at home to Glasgow, but only did enough to claim a draw

Ian Madigan dejected Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Rob Kearney’s presence causes panic between Tommy Bowe, Roger Wilson and Dan Tuohy

Dan Tuohy, Roger Wilson and Tommy Bowe with Rob Kearney Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Iain Henderson celebrates victory over Leinster

Iain Henderson celebrates winning Source: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

The Pro12 went to Kingspan Stadium for its finale and Glasgow Warriors lived up to their potential, shredding Munster

CJ Stander dejected as DTH van der Merwe celebrates scoring his side's second try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Paul O’Connell hung up the red jersey

Al Kellock and Paul O'Connell Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Matt Healy grounds a try during Connacht’s epic play-off for a Champions Cup place against Gloucester

Matt Healy scores his side's third try Source: Kevin Barnes/INPHO

It was a difficult year for these two men in new positions at Leinster

Leo Cullen Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Connacht though, went from strength to strength in the second half of the year

Danie Poolman celebrates with Eoghan Masterson after he scored his side's second try Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Regan King lined up along side his son Jacob Cowley for Scarlets

Regan King and son Jacob Cowley Source: Kevin Barnes/INPHO

Connacht claimed their first win in Thomond Park since ’86

John Muldoon celebrates with try scorer Bundee Aki Source: James Crombie/INPHO

While his team-mates celebrated in the Thomond Park changing rooms, Denis Buckley was left needing surgery on his ankle

Denis Buckley after the game Source: James Crombie/INPHO

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