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# pro 12

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# starting XV
First Leinster fullback start for Carbery while McFadden and Ruddock return for Pro12 clash
Leinster head to Rodney Parade tomorrow night.
# Table Toppers
Late try the difference as Munster pull off big result to return to top of Pro12 table
They edged past Ospreys in the dying minutes of play.
# pro 12
Ulster suffer setback in the Guinness Pro12 following loss to Scarlets
Jacob Stockdale crossed the whitewash for Ulster.
# Headache
Injury-ravaged Connacht make 4 changes ahead of meeting with table toppers Munster
The western province will be looking for an improved performance after losing to Ulster last weekend.
# Bouncing Back
Conan vows to come back stronger after injury setbacks with one eye on Ireland call
The number eight says he feels better physically and mentally after his time on the sidelines.
# Update
Sexton in contention for Leinster's showdown with Ulster
The Irish provinces meet on Saturday.
# Interview
Simon Zebo still playing with the style that comes naturally to him
Simon Zebo has a look back at 2016 and talks more rap videos with Paddy Jackson.
# protection
Cullen willing to work with all parties to ensure Sexton returns in 'best possible shape'
The eastern province face the Dragons at the RDS tonight without their first-choice out-half.
# Forward Thinking
'I'd like to be coaching here in 20 years' time' - Foley
The Munster head coach wants to remain working at the province alongside incoming director of rugby Johan Erasmus.
# pro 12
Conan back from injury and Kearney handed debut as Leinster make 8 changes for Cardiff trip
All change for Leo Cullen’s men from the side that thrashed Zebre last weekend.
# Work to be done
Leinster players disappointed with their 'rollercoaster' season
Jamie Heaslip spoke after yesterday’s win about being disappointed with the season but being glad to have Champions Cup qualification sorted.
# pro 12
Leaders Glasgow ease past Cardiff as Ospreys collect bonus-point win
Leaders Glasgow Warriors beat Cardiff Blues 36-17 in the Pro12, while Ospreys were 33-13 winners at Benetton Treviso.
# lock
'I need to work harder than everyone else' - Ulster's Franco van der Merwe
The South African second row has been tasked with replacing Johann Muller this season.
# Return
Stephen Ferris back on the bench for Ulster after injury layoff since November 2012
Great news for the Ireland international.
# Overlooked
Silverware the only way to increase Munster contingent in Ireland squad -- Coughlan
The uncapped number eight will lead the charge into Munster’s springtime Pro12 campaign.
# Slump
Opinion: Connacht need Dan Parks back in form to end losing skid
The Scottish international’s kicking stats have dropped to 50% during a run of three successive defeats.
# pro 12
Inter-pro: 3 key battles to decide Leinster v Connacht
Joe Schmidt’s men will be keen to avenge a 34-6 defeat earlier in the season and end a losing run.
AS IT HAPPENED
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster, Heineken Cup
Joe Schmidt’s side were aiming to beat the unbeatables at the Stade Marcel Michelin this afternoon.
# pro 12
Ulster looking serious title contenders but reasons for Munster optimism
Rob Penney’s men had plenty of time to reflect on the missed drop goal chances on the long bus ride home.
# winning habit
Mark Anscombe: You've got to be satisfied when you beat a side like Munster
The Kiwi coach says the imminent return of the likes of Tommy Bowe and Chris Henry will make next week’s team selection very tough.
# better
Rory Best: We need to develop that ruthless Leinster mentality
The Ulster and Ireland hooker talks about the upcoming season, Irish rugby and finding more ‘freaks’ like Stephen Ferris.
# changeover
Penney set to choose Howlett ahead of O'Connell as new Munster captain
It has been reported that the second-row will give up his armband to the former All Black ahead of the new rugby season.
# Taxing times
Don't sell the silverware: Ospreys avoid winding up order
The RaboDirect Pro12 champions have come to an agreement with revenue officials in the United Kingdom.
# banana skin
Mike Ross an injury doubt for Ireland's First Test against All Blacks
The tighthead prop’s injured hamstring may prevent him from lining up against New Zealand on Saturday.
# Last Four
RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final preview: Ospreys v Munster
“We seem to have a knack of beating Munster,” says Ospreys coach Steve Tandy ahead of this evening’s knock-out clash.
# Munster Made
"He understands the Munster way": Simon Easterby backs Axel for top job
The former Ireland international will pit his forwards coaching wits against Anthony Foley this weekend as the Reds face Scarlets.
# Ray
Gimme Samoa: Connacht fans ready to wave off Ray while Munster say hello to David
There is a new loose-head in town for Munster but Connacht will bid a Sportsground farewell to their two favourite Samoans.
AS IT HAPPENED
Connacht vs. Ulster, RaboDirect PRO 12
Could Brian McLaughlin’s men keep the away fires burning to steal into a Top 4 spot or would the Westerners add another impressive scalp to their collection? We went minute-by-minute to find out.
AS IT HAPPENED
Edinburgh v Toulouse. Heineken Cup
We went minute-by-minute as Edinburgh bid to upset the mighty Toulouse and become the first ever Scottish team in the Heineken Cup’s final four.
# No Quarter
'It could be pretty horrific' - Welsh pundits back Leinster to beat Cardiff
Injuries and suspensions have lead to scribes in Wales predicting a difficult encounter for Blues
# Go time
Who’s the boss? Leinster seek to assert themselves on unwelcome territory
Time to lace up the business boots for Brian O’Driscoll, Keith Earls & co – It’s business time.
# let's rabo
Team news: Luke Fitzgerald back in the fold for Leinster
Three of Ireland’s provinces are in Rabo Pro12 action tomorrow night and Luke Fitzgerald will make a return from injury.