# United Rugby Championship

25th March 2023
'It was good to see two proper teams go at it, it had a bit of everything'
Leo Cullen and John Dobson give their thoughts on Friday’s URC clash between Leinster and the Stormers.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Rugby
Leinster secure top spot in URC table after thrilling draw with Stormers in RDS
Leinster were 17-5 down at half-time but rallied back after the break.
# one versus two
Leinster secure top spot in URC table after thrilling draw with Stormers
Leinster were 17-5 down at half-time but rallied back after the break.
# Explainer
All to play for as provinces head into final rounds of URC regular season
All four Irish teams are back in URC action this weekend.
Munster expecting a bounce from returning internationals
The province resume their URC campaign at Thomond Park on Saturday against Glasgow Warriors.
This month
March 2023
# Onwards
Leinster focused on Stormers after 'far from perfect' seven-try display
Leo Cullen says his side still has plenty to work on as they prepare to look towards their South African opposition.
Last month
February 2023
# Report
Ulster's strength comes to fore as forwards dominate Sharks
Dan MacFarland’s side secured a well-earned 31-24 victory in Durban.
# Team news
Connacht make three changes for trip to Zebre
Denis Buckley, Dylan Tierney-Martin and Cian Prendergast all return to the starting XV.
Leinster name Larmour, O'Brien and Osborne in team to face Dragons
The trio were all released from Ireland camp earlier this week.
January 2023
# Italian Job Done
Munster take maximum returns from 70-point thriller in Treviso
Graham Rowntree’s side scored six tries and overcame plenty of hurdles to overtake Benetton in the URC standings.
# Update
Leinster issue Sexton update and confirm fresh injury setback for Furlong
Both players will miss this weekend’s Champions Cup clash with Gloucester but are expected to be fit in time for the Six Nations.
# Ben Healy
'He led the week... And we have a good relationship. We've all been up front'
Graham Rowntree on the Ben Healy saga, his dilemma at scrum-half, and RG Snyman’s progress as he continues to work his way back to fitness.
# hod's law
'The fitter you are, you're not under as much pressure physically and you have more time to think'
Munster’s strong finishes over the last fortnight have been no accident, explains Friday’s player of the match John Hodnett.
# Preview
Ulster, Connacht and Leinster can all make the most of an intriguing day of URC action
The three provinces will all be aiming for wins today.
# muzzer to the buzzer
Liam Coombes strikes late as Munster earn impressive bonus-point victory over Lions
Scott Buckley crossed twice for the hosts, who move into the URC play-off spots with a 33-3 victory.
# Team news
Robert Baloucoune to win 50th cap as Ulster name strong side for Benetton clash
Ireland international Iain Henderson captains the province for Saturday’s trip to Italy.
# Opportunity
Harry Byrne handed first start of season for Leinster's trip to Ospreys
Rhys Ruddock captains a side that contains 10 full internationals.
# in the family
'They'll play a lot of games for this club' - Connacht's high hopes for Murray brothers
Niall and Darragh Murray have caught the eye when paired together in the Connacht second row.
Andy Friend calls for Connacht to 'front up and start winning games'
The province sit 13th in the URC table and face an uphill battle to reach the play-offs.
# disconnect
Cullen highlights 'inconsistency' around high tackles as Leinster wait on Sexton update
The Leinster captain suffered a facial injury following a high tackle on Connacht’s Jarrad Butler on Sunday.
'He just wants to be involved the whole time' - Leinster's Larmour hits timely run of form
The Leinster winger scored two tries and was heavily involved throughout in the win against Connacht on Sunday night.
# Concern
Leinster and Ireland face wait on Sexton after out-half suffers facial injury
The 37-year-old could be facing another spell on the sidelines.
# dancing feet
Larmour lights up RDS but Leinster lose Sexton to injury in 7-try win over Connacht
The Leinster captain picked up a facial injury as the province made it 11 straight wins in the URC this season.
Last year
# United Rugby Championship
Kolisi and Sharks warm up for Connacht trip with comfortable derby win
Stormers cement their position in second place with Bulls win, while Benetton move up to seventh with victory over Zebre.
# Team news
Gibson-Park and Sexton to make first Leinster start of the season together, Connacht missing key trio
Mack Hansen, Finlay Bealham and Bundee Aki all miss Sunday’s trip to the RDS.
# uphill battle
'It’s a big game every week' - Munster face race for points in second half of season
Monday’s defeat to Leinster means the province have just four wins from 10 URC games this season.
# experience
'He throws himself into everything' - McCarthy impresses Cullen in Thomond test
Leinster boss Leo Cullen wanted to see how the province’s young players would handle pressure situations against Munster.
# Derby
Second half surge sees Leinster edge Munster in thriller at Thomond
Leinster secured the win thanks to two quick-fire tries from Scott Penny and Dan Sheehan.
# the frisch prince
'I'm not shying away from the fact that I came here with ambitions to try and play for Ireland'
Antoine Frisch is excited by the prospect of playing in his first Munster-Leinster interpro, a fixture he has followed since his youth.
# Team news
Munster and Leinster name teams for St Stephen's Day URC derby
Munster make two changes from the win over Northampton while Leinster’s Jordan Larmour makes his first start since October.
# Preview
Lancaster: 'Completely different' Munster should be confident ahead of Leinster meeting
‘It was a very good win over Northampton. I know how much Northampton wanted to win that game,’ Lancaster said ahead of 26 December’s interpro.
# too good
Fourteen-man Leinster storm back in second half to claim bonus-point win over Ulster
The hosts were 22-3 behind but scored 35 consecutive points on either side of the break to sensationally turn the game on its head.
# Victory
Connacht get just the boost needed with bonus-point win over Benetton
Gusty Italians push The Westerners all the way.
# Boost
Munster's away day success comes at perfect time to jumpstart ambitions
It was only one month ago that the province’s faithful would have been worried for what was to come.
# Tasty
Munster make five changes and Edinburgh welcome back big guns for Friday clash
Graham Rowntree has reshuffled his front row, while Gavin Coombes and Simon Zebo start for the key visit to the Scottish capital.
# Long Time Coming
Nash as surprised as anyone to hear try against Connacht was his first at Thomond
The Limerick wing also revealed what Andy Farrell told him after his stint with Ireland ‘A’ and in Ireland camp over November.
# Setback
Robbie Henshaw ruled out until early 2023 following wrist surgery
In better news for Leinster, Jordan Larmour and James Lowe are both expected to train fully this week.
# Team news
Munster and Connacht welcome back Ireland stars for URC derby
The two sides meet at Thomond Park tomorrow night.
# doubt
Ireland winger Hansen likely to miss Connacht's trip to Thomond Park
The winger picked up a thigh injury during Ireland’s defeat of Australia on Saturday.
# Preview
Consistency key for Leinster's Deegan in bid to push up Ireland pecking order
The backrower is in the Leinster team that will take on Scarlets tonight.