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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Inter-pro

Last year
# Derby
Connacht without Aki, Hansen, and Bealham but Carty and Heffernan return
Shane Delahunt’s season is over due to a hamstring injury.
# Home and Away
Munster to face Exeter as Leinster take on Connacht in Round-of-16
Ulster have been handed a tough task against Toulouse in the knock-out stages.
All time
# New Year's Day
Carty a doubt as Connacht and Munster push on with prep for inter-pro
Both provinces have high player availability but will undergo further testing later this week.
# Derby
Connacht lose Aki to injury as Ulster welcome back some big guns
The Ireland centre has picked up a knee injury but should be back in training next week.
# Priorities
Munster men get last Lions audition as Leinster shake team up for inter-pro
The two provinces have different agendas ahead of this evening’s Rainbow Cup clash.
# pedigree
'Everyone has Leinster on that pedestal': Beirne bullish about Munster's chances
Tadhg Beirne helped scupper Munster’s last attempt to win a final, but he is a key man in a Munster side that have come a long way since.
# in the hunt
'If we win this weekend, 100% it’s possible': O'Halloran intent on chasing down Munster
The fullback knows Connacht must whittle Munster’s lead by at least four points tomorrow.
# roll deep
Connacht ready to go toe-to-toe with Munster maul
The southern province profited from the set-piece in January, but Connacht are wary of getting stuck in the same trap.
# Bouncing Back
'A shock to the system': Baloucoune relieved to see action after injury nightmare
The 23-year-old had to wait a year between Ulster appearances due to a hamstring avulsion last summer.
Munster v Leinster, Pro14
An inter-pro to tee up the Six Nations and we went minute-by-minute.
# player led
Hanrahan hopes re-shaped leadership group can lead to more Munster progress
‘Johann was brilliant in that he stepped back and handed it to the players.’
# Recruitment
'It’s a bit like shopping in Aldi as opposed to Brown Thomas'
Andy Friend says Connacht are always open to good players joining from other provinces.
Ulster v Munster, Pro14
We went minute-by-minute as the Conference leaders met in Belfast.
# next chapter
'I don't want to be 50 sitting in the pub and thinking, 'I wish I had taken a risk'
Sammy Arnold made a big decision to switch from Munster to Connacht last summer.
# On The Road
Ulster A leave the RDS with deserved four-try victory over Leinster
Bill Johnston scored 14 points as the Ulster back row delivered an excellent performance.
# pro14 final
'The biggest honour' for Ringrose as he prepares to lead Leinster against Ulster
Ulster have an uphill struggle ahead as the reigning champions show the extent of their strength in depth.
# enough
'I'm sick of being that team who works hard but never gets results'
Quinn Roux and Andy Friend are intent on forging discipline in their ranks for the 2020/21 season.
Munster v Connacht, Pro14
We went minute-by-minute as the southern province set out to seal their place in the Pro14 semi-finals.
# Update
Connacht lock Thornbury back on his feet after Sunday concussion
Head coach Andy Friend will continue with his plans to rotate through his squad for Sunday’s clash with Munster.
# mighty marms
'You know he's a competitor, but this is a new level for Kieran'
The first half of Kieran Marmion’s season was an emotional rollercoaster, but he looks like a player in his prime after the summer break.
Connacht v Ulster, Pro14
It’s time for provinces west and north to re-enter rugby and we’re going minute-by-minute.
# Inter-pro
Four years on from Leinster departure, Madigan has all new outlook with Ulster
Ulster’s new recruit counted himself as a ‘purist’ about provincial representation. But he returns to ireland a more mature and rounded player.
# Inter-pro
Setback for Tadhg Beirne as De Allende, Kleyn and Kilcoyne ramp up for Munster's restart
Munster will hope to hit the ground running when they face Leinster at the Aviva.
# move to Munster
'We wanted him to stay but we are happy and we'll keep developing players'
Tighthead prop Roman Salanoa moved from Leinster to Munster this summer.
# Inter-pro
Munster's Sammy Arnold and Conor Oliver set for moves to Connacht
The 24-year-old centre and back row have struggled for game time in recent seasons.
# 365 turnaround
One year on from Leavy's horror injury and Stockdale's drop
Last year’s inter-pro European quarter-final was an epic.
Inter-pro woe for Connacht as Deegan drives Leinster to victory
Connacht were forced to dig deep just to avoid a shut-out and it took 71 minutes for them to post their opening score against a rampant Leinster.
# Inter-pro
Connacht go to RDS believing they can break Leinster streak
‘Generally when results go against us it’s…us shooting ourselves in the foot.’
# Inter-pro
Competition breeds contentment for Leinster
The eastern province’s winning streak is based on intense competition for places.
# Northern Exposure
Cooney's sparkling form continues as Ulster run five past Munster
The scrum-half and centre Stuart McCloskey held sway in a dominant Ulster performance.
# Kicking On
Sexton 'progressing well' on return from knee injury
The out-half went for a second visit to his specialist over the Christmas period and appears on course to feature for Ireland in February.
# Inter-pro
Ulster and Munster meet again after paths diverged for Europe
The performance of the scrum-halves will undoubtedly draw the eye during tonight’s inter-pro.
# winter-pro
Cronin glad to be back in thick of it as Leinster 'stick to their guns' to thwart Munster
The hooker made an impact in Thomond Park last night after working his way back from a neck injury.
# Winter Classic
Leinster's winning streak rumbles on thanks to dominant defence against Munster
Ross Byrne was instrumental as Leinster opened up a 13-0 lead which Munster could not reel in.
# Inter-pro
Keenan ready to test his mettle with first taste of Thomond
Leinster’s footballing fullback is intent on shutting out the pressure from the crowd in Limerick.
# sumo season
'If you start giving away things cheaply in Thomond it can be a pretty tough day'
Leo Cullen won’t be caught complaining about the players available to him for Saturday’s clash with Munster.
# grey area
McFarland gutted for Curtis, but sees progress in high-scoring loss to Leinster
Ulster’s strong finish left Leo Cullen disappointed with how the 14-try match ended.
# Season of Goodwill
Bonus points all round as Leinster and Ulster share 14 tries
Eight of them belonged to Leinster as they extended their winning run and their lead at the top of Pro14 Conference B.
# Inter-pro
All eyes on Rob Kearney and Leinster's production line as they welcome Ulster to RDS
Ulster will have to deliver a major shock to upset the pace-setters in Europe and the Pro14 this evening.
# winter-pros
O'Connor brothers fill Ulster's second row for RDS clash with Leinster
Alan will make his 100th appearance for his adopted province while younger brother David earns his first start.