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From The42 Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester Connacht

Resources stretched, but Connacht rich in creativity with Carty and Fitzgerald in side to take on Gloucester

The western province were unable to claim a point on their travels and Andy Friend can feel his resources getting tighter.

From The42 Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester Champions Cup

Cipriani swings it as Connacht suffer four-try loss in Gloucester

John Porch and Jack Carty helped the Westerners to a half-time lead, but it unravelled from there.

From The42 Jonathan Sexton to undergo scan on knee injury Waiting Game

Jonathan Sexton to undergo scan on knee injury

The out-half looks set to miss at least the return fixture against Northampton.

From The42 'I'm probably the last guy to try and offload' - Stander embracing Munster attack Skills

'I'm probably the last guy to try and offload' - Stander embracing Munster attack

The number eight says Stephen Larkham has been giving the players confidence to play.

Connacht star's Six Nations hopes dealt a blow with shoulder fracture

Tom Farrell sustained a scapula injury which will rule him out for approximately six weeks.

From The42 'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points Honours Even

'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points

Munster now face into back-to-back ties with Saracens in Europe.

From The42 Late JJ drop-goal slips wide as Russell inspires Racing to draw in Limerick Shared Spoils

Late JJ drop-goal slips wide as Russell inspires Racing to draw in Limerick

Johann van Graan’s men nearly grabbed a late, late win at Thomond Park.

From The42 As it happened: Munster v Racing 92, European Rugby Champions Cup Liveblog

As it happened: Munster v Racing 92, European Rugby Champions Cup

Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo were back in Limerick for a clash with their former club, we went minute-by-minute.

From The42 As it happened: Lyon v Leinster, European Rugby Champions Cup Liveblog

As it happened: Lyon v Leinster, European Rugby Champions Cup

Last year’s runners-up went to France to take on the Top14 leaders.

From The42 Larkham enthusiastic about Munster's attack progress as Racing come to town Skills

Larkham enthusiastic about Munster's attack progress as Racing come to town

The Australian has made a positive impact since joining during the summer.

From The42 Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs Number Two

Scannell settled back in at Munster with Ireland's hooker spot up for grabs

The 27-year-old is keen to go to another World Cup with his country.

From The42 Hanrahan returns to Munster training ahead of huge clash with Racing Injury Update

Hanrahan returns to Munster training ahead of huge clash with Racing

Meanwhile, Stephen Larkham paid tribute to Alby Mathewson ahead of his departure.

From The42 Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers Breakdown

Analysis: Aki and Copeland shine as gritty Connacht dig in for crucial turnovers

Andy Friend’s side made some vital breakdown steals in their victory over Montpellier.

From The42 Munster confirm Mathewson will leave province after Racing clash Exit Door

Munster confirm Mathewson will leave province after Racing clash

The 33-year-old initially joined as short-term cover when Conor Murray was injured.

From The42 Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts Reinforcements

Connacht in talks with IRFU about short-term signings as injury list mounts

The western province now have 16 players out injured.

From The42 'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character' RISE UP

'In a weird way, that's actually what builds this team. It makes you have character'

Andy Friend’s Connacht will have a ‘red-hot crack’ at Toulouse after beating Montpellier.

From The42 Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe On The Road

Out-of-sorts Ospreys mean Munster have chance for perfect start in Europe

Johann van Graan’s side must not miss their opportunity to begin with a win in Swansea.

From The42 Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier Team News

Healy and Dillane return from injury in Connacht team to face Montpellier

Head coach Andy Friend is, however, missing several important players due to injury.

From The42 Earls back for Munster as Loughman gets start at loosehead against Ospreys Named

Earls back for Munster as Loughman gets start at loosehead against Ospreys

Tadhg Beirne is set for his first appearance of the season off the bench in Wales.

From The42 Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier Fronting Up

Dillane keen for Connacht tempo against heavyweight Montpellier

The 26-year-old second row makes a timely return on Sunday in Galway.

From The42 'This club is building something special again' - Toulouse in confident mood ahead of trip to face Leinster Last Four

'This club is building something special again' - Toulouse in confident mood ahead of trip to face Leinster

Toulouse saw off Clermont Auvergne in a top of the table clash on Sunday in France.

From The42 Carbery still 'highly unlikely' for Munster as Earls and Kleyn look to prove fitness Injury Update

Carbery still 'highly unlikely' for Munster as Earls and Kleyn look to prove fitness

Tyler Bleyendaal is set to wear Munster’s number 10 shirt against Saracens.

From The42 Possible Heineken Cup semi-final venues for Irish provinces confirmed Planning

Possible Heineken Cup semi-final venues for Irish provinces confirmed

The Aviva Stadium could be a host venue for the final four of the competition.

From The42 'I went into that final thinking nothing could stop us': Simon Mason on Ulster, Ireland regrets and identity Looking Back

'I went into that final thinking nothing could stop us': Simon Mason on Ulster, Ireland regrets and identity

The former full-back and goal kicker extraordinaire looks back on a famous Heineken Cup win 20 years ago.

From The42 Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals All In

Clean sweep for the provinces tees up riveting European quarter-finals

Irish rugby’s good health has been underlined in the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup.

From The42 First quarter-final since 2014 is major achievement for Ulster boss McFarland Dan The Man

First quarter-final since 2014 is major achievement for Ulster boss McFarland

Yesterday’s comeback win against Leicester saw Ulster secure knock-out rugby in Europe.

From The42 'I really like the idea of my family having different experiences' Defence

'I really like the idea of my family having different experiences'

Former Munster assistant coach Ian Costello is enjoying his challenging task with Wasps.

From The42 'This is a team who is absolutely capable of winning the Heineken Cup' Munster

'This is a team who is absolutely capable of winning the Heineken Cup'

Speaking on the latest episode of Heineken Rugby Weekly, Andy Dunne says he has been convinced that Johann van Graan’s side can be European champions.

From The42 The Wallabies' loss has been Leinster's immense gain as Fardy shines Fardy Party

The Wallabies' loss has been Leinster's immense gain as Fardy shines

The 34-year-old Australian has been a superb signing for the province.

From The42 Johnny Sexton ruled out of Wasps clash but 'not far off at all' Injury Update

Johnny Sexton ruled out of Wasps clash but 'not far off at all'

Devin Toner, Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien are all back in full Leinster training this week.

From The42 Racing 'strongly condemn racist insults' against Zebo during Ulster game Racism

Racing 'strongly condemn racist insults' against Zebo during Ulster game

The French club says ‘racism has no place in rugby.’

From The42 Analysis: Beirne's destruction, Earls' try-saver and Carbery's class In Depth

Analysis: Beirne's destruction, Earls' try-saver and Carbery's class

Johann van Graan’s Munster delivered their most compelling performance of the season on Friday night.

From The42 Carbery shines for Munster in 'special performance' at Kingsholm Form

Carbery shines for Munster in 'special performance' at Kingsholm

The 23-year-old out-half scored two tries and kicked at 100% for the third time in a row.

From The42 Farrell boost adds to Munster confidence for Kingsholm clash Fright Night Lights

Farrell boost adds to Munster confidence for Kingsholm clash

Danny Cipriani’s return boosts Gloucester for what should be an absorbing European tie.

From The42 Byrne primed for Leinster's 10 shirt with Sexton set to miss out Opportunity

Byrne primed for Leinster's 10 shirt with Sexton set to miss out

Stuart Lancaster has backed Byrne to step up against Toulouse this weekend.

From The42 Leinster find a way as Bath promise to go 'full metal jacket' for return leg Back It Up

Leinster find a way as Bath promise to go 'full metal jacket' for return leg

Leo Cullen’s side have breakdown issues to fix before the Premiership side visit Dublin.

From The42 Larmour's intercept try crucial as Leinster squeeze out away win in Bath On The Road

Larmour's intercept try crucial as Leinster squeeze out away win in Bath

Leo Cullen’s side weren’t at their best in tricky conditions but found a way to win.

From The42 'He's telling me he's very happy at the moment anyway' - Cullen on Lancaster's Leinster future Senior Coach

'He's telling me he's very happy at the moment anyway' - Cullen on Lancaster's Leinster future

Leo Cullen and Leinster remain hopeful that Stuart Lancaster will stay with the province.

From The42 Friends reunited but Leo Cullen wary of Girvan Dempsey influence for Bath Inside Man

Friends reunited but Leo Cullen wary of Girvan Dempsey influence for Bath

The champions are facing into a crunch double-header.

From The42 Injury blow for Castres ahead of Munster clash as Rodrigo Capo Ortega doubtful Heineken Cup

Injury blow for Castres ahead of Munster clash as Rodrigo Capo Ortega doubtful

The French side travel to Thomond Park this weekend.

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