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From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Tough trips for Ulster and Connacht while Munster, Leinster come home Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Tough trips for Ulster and Connacht while Munster, Leinster come home

Our provinces are in league action against Italian and Welsh opposition, let’s get it done.

That unfamiliar feeling: Gibbes eager to move on after Leinster hammering

The Leinster forwards coach had no excuses for the 45-20 defeat in Llanelli, putting it down to naivety and a lack of physicality. Next.

From The42 Boss facing long spell on sideline with elbow ligament injury Man Down

Boss facing long spell on sideline with elbow ligament injury

The Leinster scrum half suffered the injury in the first half of Saturday’s 45-20 Pro12 defeat.

Pro12: Conway relishing new season's opportunity

The young Leinster wing is in the best shape of his life and ready to stake a claim for a jersey when the big games roll around.

As it happened: Ulster v Glasgow Warriors, RaboDirect Pro12

We went minute-by-minute as Ulster kicked off the new season against stiff opposition at Ravenhill.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: The dirty dozen are back at last Engage

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: The dirty dozen are back at last

The new rugby season kicks off tonight, so we bring news from all four provinces

From The42 Schmidt: 'Just a passenger on a really good Leinster ride' Humble Pie

Schmidt: 'Just a passenger on a really good Leinster ride'

A clean slate and a new season beckons, but Leinster still have the same old Joe Schmidt, writes Sean Farrell.

From The42 The big rugby season preview... Connacht Way Out West

The big rugby season preview... Connacht

No longer the forgotten province, the westerners will be well placed to take a scalp from more than just Zebre in Europe this year.

Heineken Cup: Clermont and Leinster to meet in back-to-back December weekends

The dates and times of our provinces’ Heineken Cup pool fixtures have been announced today.

From The42 Coming together: Anscombe frustrated by 'jagged' pre-season Pro12

Coming together: Anscombe frustrated by 'jagged' pre-season

However, the new coach up North will this week welcome a host of international stars back to training.

From The42 Provincial finals: Cork, Monaghan retain crowns as Dublin trash Meath GAA

Provincial finals: Cork, Monaghan retain crowns as Dublin trash Meath

Here’s your round-up of the weekend’s big games in ladies football.

Kick-off: Leinster and Munster away on Pro12 opening day

Not before time, the league’s fixtures were released this morning.

From The42 Summer recruitment: Who's stealing our jobs? Provincial

Summer recruitment: Who's stealing our jobs?

With the IRFU’s player import policy shaping our provinces’ squads, Whiff of Cordite run the rule over the players filling the NIQ quotas.

From The42 Homeward bound: Niall O'Conner seals return to Ulster New Faces

Homeward bound: Niall O'Conner seals return to Ulster

The fly-half is one of two signings announced today as coach Mark Anscombe vows to develop home-grown talent at Ravenhill.

From The42 Heineken Cup draw: Familiar faces ahead on road to Dublin Provincial

Heineken Cup draw: Familiar faces ahead on road to Dublin

After this morning’s draw for the European Cup pool stages, none of our provinces look set for an easy run.

From The42 Another one bites the dust: Munster dealt retirement blow Murty This post contains images

Another one bites the dust: Munster dealt retirement blow

He’ll be missed.

From The42 Four things you may not know about Simon Mannix Munster This post contains videos

Four things you may not know about Simon Mannix

Munster have caught us on the hop again with an unfamiliar face to become backs coach.

From The42 Opinion: Toner must make mark with final chance Big Day

Opinion: Toner must make mark with final chance

Marginalised by Brad Thorn and his own unique physiology, Devin Toner can still become a dominant force in Leinster’s engine room.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to the weekend's rugby action Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to the weekend's rugby action

There are two remaining semi-final places up for grabs, so we’ve got the calculator out to examine the permutations for the four Irish provinces.

From The42 Dream team? Only one Irishman in Pro12 team of the year Representing

Dream team? Only one Irishman in Pro12 team of the year

Ulster’s Dan Tuohy is on the list, while there are only two representatives from table-topping Leinster.

From The42 Bright future: Connacht appoint chief executive to replace retiring Kelly New Chief

Bright future: Connacht appoint chief executive to replace retiring Kelly

Tom Sears’ CV has a track record of success in cricket, now he turns his attention west, to rugby.

From The42 Pro12 cheat sheet: Your guide to the weekend's rugby action Provincial

Pro12 cheat sheet: Your guide to the weekend's rugby action

Your guide to this weekend’s rugby action. Teams, injury news and form all in one handy place.

From The42 First XV: Belfast set for Titanic Pro12 tussle Inter-pro

First XV: Belfast set for Titanic Pro12 tussle

Ulster and Leinster have both named strong sides for tomorrow’s meeting despite their looming Heineken Cup appointments.

From The42 Underdogs: Ulster must be 'on the money' to beat Leinster Luck

Underdogs: Ulster must be 'on the money' to beat Leinster

With Pro12 hopes hanging by a thread, Ulster know their very best is required in Ravenhill.

From The42 'Everybody wants to be top dog': D'Arcy relishing inter-pro clash Woof

'Everybody wants to be top dog': D'Arcy relishing inter-pro clash

As Leinster continue to seek perfection, the centre has rubbished the prospect of any player holding back a week before the Heineken Cup semi-final.

From The42 Calling time: Terblanche plans to retire at end of season Ulster

Calling time: Terblanche plans to retire at end of season

However, the Springbok did admit that he may not need much persuasion to sign another extension at Ravenhill.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to the weekend's rugby action Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to the weekend's rugby action

It’s back to the grindstone as all four provinces bid to end the league campaign on a high.

From The42 Pro12: Ulster name full strength squad for Connacht clash Provincial

Pro12: Ulster name full strength squad for Connacht clash

Fresh from an intense win over Munster, Ulster coach, Brian McLaughlin has named a 37-man squad for this Saturday’s trip to Galway.

From The42 Bolstered: O'Connell, Murray and Ryan in line for Heineken Cup return Interpro

Bolstered: O'Connell, Murray and Ryan in line for Heineken Cup return

Munster are looking a lot stronger now that a crucial quartet of players were included in the squad to face Ulster.

From The42 Familiar territory: BOD comfortable with favourites' tag ahead of Blues battle Top Dog

Familiar territory: BOD comfortable with favourites' tag ahead of Blues battle

Brian O’Driscoll got 80 minutes under his belt at Thomond Park and it’s full steam ahead to Heineken Cup action.

From The42 Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to this weekend's rugby Provincial

Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to this weekend's rugby

Four provinces, three games. Time to put that dreadful Six Nations business out of sight and out of mind.

Pro12: Leinster bolstered by star quartet

Leinster have named their team to face the Ospreys at the RDS tomorrow and it includes some big, big names.

He's back: Wallace in Munster squad for Aironi trip

The veteran back row has recovered from the knee injury which ruled him out of the World Cup.

From The42 As it happened: Ulster v Edinburgh, Pro12 Liveblog

As it happened: Ulster v Edinburgh, Pro12

We went minute-by-minute for one of those magic Friday nights in Ravenhill. There is also news of Leinster and Connacht.

From The42 Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to the provincial rugby action Provincial

Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to the provincial rugby action

Three of the provinces are in action tonight, before that big date in Paris.

From The42 Follow Friday: It’s Simon Zebo FF This post contains images

Follow Friday: It’s Simon Zebo

Every Friday we’ll point you in the right direction for some of the most interesting sportsmen and women on the Twitter.

From The42 Pro12 cheat sheet: Your guide to the provincial rugby action Provincial

Pro12 cheat sheet: Your guide to the provincial rugby action

Three provinces play at home tonight. All in all, it’s a big weekend of oval ball action.

From The42 Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to the provincial rugby action Provincial

Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to the provincial rugby action

Ireland v Wales seems an awful long time ago. ROG wants a game, you know you feel the same.

From The42 Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to the provincial rugby action Provincial

Pro12 cheat-sheet: your guide to the provincial rugby action

We know you’ve missed the RaboDirect Pro 12, just admit it. Here’s what’s going on in the Six Nations’ shadow.

From The42 Upbeat: Heaslip the embodiment of current high spirit in Irish rugby Happy Out

Upbeat: Heaslip the embodiment of current high spirit in Irish rugby

‘I think lads are going to be giddy and excited’ says a giddy and excited Jamie Heaslip.