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26th January 2023
# Team news
Alan O'Connor to lead Ulster again for Stormers challenge
Northern province could go third with a win.
# pool stage
'Too complicated' - Champions Cup format needs focus, says URC chief
Martin Anayi is also a board member of EPCR.
This week
22nd January 2023 - 27th January 2023
McBryde acknowledges Leinster have areas to improve ahead of Cardiff test
Leinster will be without their huge international contingent for Saturday’s URC fixture.
This month
January 2023
# mark the diary
Ulster's URC clash away to Sharks rescheduled for late February
Dan McFarland’s side will line out in Durban on Saturday, 25 February.
# 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.
# resilience
Leinster dig deep to make it 12 in a row at Ospreys
Hugo Keenan and Jimmy O’Brien scored twice in the space of four minutes in the second half.
# 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.
# A Friend in need
Hansen and Bealham back for Connacht as Sharks send their second-string
Andy Friend’s side are 13th in the URC table and badly need a win.
# talismen
Big boost for Connacht with Irish internationals returning for Sharks clash
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen, and Finlay Bealham are all available again.
Ospreys strike late to see off Cardiff and Scarlets bag four tries in win over Dragons
Two local derbies commanded the focus in Welsh rugby today.
Last month
December 2022
JJ Hanrahan kicks 14 points for Dragons but Cardiff win out in Welsh derby
While the hosts of the early URC Welsh derby won a pulsating contest, Ospreys were comfortable 34-14 victors over Scarlets later in the evening.
# 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.
# Irish Abroad
'Limerick and Newport are similar places, working-class people'
Former Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan has settled happily into life with the Dragons.
# Comeback
Munster recover from sloppy start to record bonus point victory over Edinburgh
Graham Rowntree’s men have now won three on the spin.
Returning Hansen one of six Connacht changes for Benetton clash
Andy Friend’s side are hosts at The Sportsground tomorrow.
# Team news
Lowe returns for Leinster as Henderson starts at 6 for Ulster
The teams have been named for tomorrow night’s URC clash at the RDS.
Munster locked-and-loaded for massive night in Edinburgh
The Scots have named a strong side for this evening’s URC clash.
# 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.
Last year
# Mack's Back
Mack Hansen shrugs off injury to boost Connacht ahead of Benetton battle
Ireland winger passed fit ahead of Saturday’s URC match at the Sportsground.
# Sean Everitt
Sharks coach departs role in the wake of heavy URC loss to Cardiff
The club confirmed this evening that Everitt has vacated his position.
# Report
Academy star bags hat-trick as Leinster continue unbeaten start to URC
Leo Cullen’s men secured a comfortable bonus point triumph against Glasgow Warriors.
# emphatic
Emerging Ireland's Stewart shines as Ulster run six tries past Zebre in 21-point win
Dan McFarland’s side have moved back into second in the United Rugby Championship above the DHL Stormers.
# Team news
Kelleher makes return as Ruddock captains Leinster for Glasgow clash
Harry Byrne is set for his first appearance of the season off the bench.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland U19s back row Hickey gets first start for the Ospreys
The 21-year-old back row will play against the Bulls in the URC tomorrow.
# home rule
Bonus point home wins have become the norm for Ulster but they now need to take the next step
Struggle of their players to break into Andy Farrell’s starting XV has actually worked in Ulster’s favour.
Boost for Munster as Keith Earls returns ahead of huge Connacht clash
Antoine Frisch had positive results from the scan on his thigh issue.
Johnny Sexton to miss visit of Glasgow Warriors to RDS
Harry Byrne back in contention for out-half spot as he returns from injury.
# new faces
Scarlets struggle to contain the latest talent from Leinster conveyor belt
‘Hopefully there are lots more good things to come from those young guys,’ Leo Cullen said after Friday night’s win.
Prendergast fears Munster-style backlash from Ulster after South Africa difficulties
The southern province’s attack coach also said that Andrew Conway is close to returning to action.
# Round-Up
Hanrahan helps Dragons to win as 'sublime' Priestland shines for Cardiff
Edinburgh claimed their first away win in the URC since March.
# Lock Stock and Barrel
'Excited' Jenkins tipped to rise to the occasion in Aviva Stadium derby
South African second row will look to continue his impressive start to life in blue in this evening’s interpro against his former side Munster.
Two-try Hansen inspires Connacht as they secure bonus point win over Scarlets
Connacht were comfortable winners over the Scarlets in the URC this evening.
# Wrap
URC round-up: Welsh hopefuls shine for Cardiff, Ospreys battle back in atrocious conditions
Elsewhere, there was just one South African team on the winning side this week.
# mcfarland in a far land
'Sometimes the altitude element is over-hyped, but the heat is very different for us'
A delighted Dan McFarland reacts to his side’s thrilling URC win against the Lions in South Africa.
Leinster weather the storm to escape from Galway with yet another win
Leinster defeated Connacht 10-0 in the URC this evening to maintain their 100 per cent record.
# Kick On
Casey: 'I have to be pushing for the number nine jersey this year'
The 23-year-old believes Munster’s new style of play suits him down to the ground.
# Team news
Furlong returns as teams named for Connacht clash with Leinster
Connacht also make five changes for tomorrow’s meeting in Galway.
# weight of history
Pressure and expectation comes with the territory at 'big European club' Munster
Denis Leamy has encountered plenty of support and understanding among the Munster fans.
# Bouncing Back
Leamy believes there are 'big performances' to come from Munster
The southern province have a huge clash with the Bulls in Limerick this weekend.