# Zebre

Last year
# Luke McGrath
Hurt of last season still in Leinster's thoughts as province prepare for fresh title charge
Luke McGrath explains how the squad put in some extra days last season following painful defeats to La Rochelle and the Bulls.
# tough work
Munster come out on top of scrappy affair with bonus-point win over Zebre Parma
The province crossed for five tries at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.
# One to Watch
Flannery handed first start at 10 and Kleyn hits 100 caps as Munster name team to play Zebre
Head coach Johann van Graan has made 11 changes to the team that beat Wasps on Sunday.
All time
# back with a bang
'He's delighted, it means so much to him' - Cullen full of praise as Byrne marks return in style
Cullen also provided an update on out-half Harry Byrne, who was removed with a hip injury,
# byrne baby byrne
Adam Byrne gets his moment in the sun as 7-try Leinster crush Zebre
The wing scored two tries on his first apperance for the province since December 2019.
# opportunity knocks
New-look Leinster out to make a statement against Zebre
A number of players will make their first apperance of the season at the RDS today.
# northern light
Timoney and McIlroy on the double as Ulster hit Zebre for six
Dan McFarland’s side pulled away in the second half in Italy.
# One-sided
Coombes and Casey shine as eight-try Munster prove too hot for Zebre
Gavin Coombes capped a dominant performance with four tries.
# Calling Time
Former Munster, Leinster and Ulster lock Nagle announces retirement
The 32-year-old has most recently been on the books at Zebre.
# opportunity knocks
Cormac Izuchukwu to make first Ulster start
The 21-year-old has been included in the starting XV to play Zebre.
# Team news
Soroka makes full debut as Leinster name side to face Zebre
Meanwhile, Seán O’Brien and Tim Corkery are in line to make their debuts from the substitutes’ bench.
# Irishman Abroad
Ex-Ireland player Bradley commits to Italian side Zebre for two more years
The former Connacht coach has been at the helm of Zebre since July 2017.
# pro14
Will Addison suffers arm injury as Ulster battle past Zebre
Fullback forced off after just 17 minutes at Kingspan Stadium.
# an italian job
'In my head, I'd finish my career at Leinster but you've to do what's best for you'
The opportunity to start a new chapter in Italy and play more rugby was one too good to turn down for Mick Kearney.
# Italian Job
Irish second row Nagle joins Zebre after leaving Leinster
The Cork native had spent the second half of the season on loan at Ulster.
# accept and adapt
'As heartbreaking as it is to retire so young, it could have been so much worse'
One tackle changed everything for Ciarán Gaffney but at 23, the former Connacht fullback has found a new path in life.
# Job Done
Connacht hold on for crucial Pro14 victory over Zebre in Parma
It wasn’t pretty but Andy Friend’s side got the job done in Italy.
# Italian Job
Crunch time for Connacht as they chase first Pro14 play-off since 2016
The province have lost on their last two visits to Parma, and can ill-afford to slip-up against Zebre today.
# Report
Munster forced to dig deep to secure win over Zebre
In the end, they got the bonus point and go into the Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh on the back of another victory.
# prop joe
Zebre terminate contract of prop Panico after alleged drug bust
Panico was arrested for “possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking” according to reports in the Italian media last week.
# dream ticket
‘We were about to hike up a volcano in Chile… I got an email saying Ulster Rugby want you over’
Neil Walsh recalls the unlikely series of events that led to an incredible opportunity.
# Building Blocks
Far from perfect, but Cullen pleased as Leinster maintain winning momentum
The eastern province cruised to victory over Zebre this afternoon.
# Strong Finish
Leinster huff and puff but eventually cruise past Zebre to secure Pro14 playoff berth
Leo Cullen’s side didn’t make it easy for themselves but had too much for the Italians.
# chance to impress
'Everyone knows what's at stake - a sloppy performance opens the door for somebody else'
Opportunity knocks for some of Leinster’s fringe players this afternoon, but Leo Cullen demands the same standards as last week.
# The Italian Job
Cullen striving for selection balance as Leinster hunt down Pro14 top spot
The eastern province host Zebre tomorrow in the first of two games against Italian opposition before their Champions Cup semi-final.
# Changes
Sean O'Brien returns for Connacht as Bealham gets set to bring up his century
O’Brien has been out of action since September.
# bonus territory
Five-star Munster brush off Zebre on a comfortable night at Thomond
Arnold, Scott, Copeland and Scannell earn Munster their bonus point.
# Ready to go
Bent set for 100th appearance as Leinster name one debutant in XV to face Edinburgh
Youngster Will Connors has been handed a chance to impress at openside flanker.
# Ready to go
Munster hooker focusing on Pro14 but ready for Ireland call
Niall Scannell knows from this time last year that it might only take an injury or two for him to be propelled into Six Nations duty.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Connacht and Ireland U19 centre Parata signs for Bradley's Zebre
The versatile back returns to professional rugby after a stint in New Zealand.
# the italian sob
Connacht fall to damaging defeat to Zebre for the second season in a row
To compound matters, Kieran Keane’s side couldn’t even manage a losing bonus point in Parma.
# starting XV
A first Connacht start for Ahki as two Ireland internationals return for Zebre clash
Kieran Keane’s side are looking to get back to winning ways this weekend.
# Tackle Your Feelings
'When I get injured I think I can't do this anymore and want to do something else with my life'
Andrew Trimble will today become Ulster’s joint-top appearance maker at the end of a week in which he lent his voice to the ‘Tackle Your Feelings’ campaign. He opens up to The42 about his own mental wellbeing and dealing with the frustrations associated with injury.
# suftum
Just the 12 changes as Ulster name strong side for Zebre trip
Andrew Trimble set to equal Roger Wilson’s appearances record.
# Upset
Pat Lam's Connacht suffer shock loss to Zebre in Italy
A converted Josh Rowland try in the 78th minute gave the visitors hope, but it proved too little too late.
# too good
Scannell stars as Munster secure comprehensive win over Zebre
It was a game in which the outcome was rarely in doubt with the Irish side taking a 24-7 half-time lead.
# Pro12
Olding switches to out-half as Ulster target playoff push against Zebre
Les Kiss’s side can move into the top four with a win on Saturday evening.
# Team news
Masterson returns from 12 months out as Connacht make wholesale changes
Pat Lam has named his side for the Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre.
# welcome return
Jared Payne returns to Ulster squad after long layoff
Meanwhile Tommy Bowe is in line to win his 150th cap.
# dire straits
Zebre part ways with head coach after hammerings by Leinster and Connacht
The Italian club have conceded 20 tries in their last two games.