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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Inter-pro

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# Derby Day
'You have to bring your best or you're going to be embarrassed'
Munster will need to improve vastly in the next two weeks before the Pro14 semi-final against Leinster.
# Derby
Munster set up Pro14 semi-final with Leinster after squeezing past Edinburgh
The Irish provinces will meet at the RDS on Saturday 19 May.
# best in the west
Seven-try Connacht rout Leinster on fitting farewell bash for John Muldoon
The retiring captain even kicked a conversion in a record Connacht win over their rivals to the east.
# Inter-pro
Winning momentum key for Leinster as Cullen's charges bid for home semi-final
As John Muldoon brings the curtain down on a remarkable career, the eastern province are focused on their job in hand.
# Endgame
Nothing on the line for Munster, but Ulster staging late bid to join them in Thomond Park playoff
Jono Gibbes’ side have found form just as their season seemed to be fizzling out.
# from way back
Gibbes pleased to still have a sniff of Pro14 playoffs as he bids to complete miracle comeback in Munster
‘We had no margin of error and we managed to fight and scratch our way through and get ourselves in a position to put pressure on Edinburgh.’
# Time to shine
Munster speedster Fitzgerald desperate to seize his chance against Ulster
The winger is set to be involved in the Pro14 inter-pro tomorrow.
# Discipline
Van Graan pleased by Munster's ability to adapt and keep a lid on penalty count
“Any team knows in rugby that if you go over 10 penalties in a game you’re going to struggle,” said captain CJ Stander.
# pro14
Murray double helps Munster end inter-pro woe in convincing 5-try win over Connacht
Returning from injury, Conor Oliver and Chris Farrell also impressed in the bonus-point win over Connacht.
# Preview
Scannell and Munster determined to deliver more than half measures in final winter inter-pro
After falling short in in both of their seasonal derbies, Munster are back on home turf demanding a win.
'We got away with it,' says Cullen as KK left biting his tongue after loss to Leinster
Ultan Dillane bemoaned a lack of composure in Connacht’s ranks after they were unable to take a famous win in the RDS.
A game of two halves! Four-try Ulster produce massive comeback to topple 14-man Munster
17-0 down at half-time, it was a huge result for Ulster in the Pro14 at Kingspan Stadium.
# Derby Day
Leinster withstand late Connacht onslaught to sneak New Year's inter-pro honours
Kieran Keane’s side mounted an almighty siege in search of a first win in Dublin since 2002.
# Inter-pro
Under-pressure Kiss needs big response from Ulster as much-changed Munster visit Belfast
Much more than provincial bragging rights on the line, as both Ulster and Munster look to bounce back from disappointing results last time out.
# east versus west
Resurgent Connacht out to end RDS hoodoo and halt the Leinster juggernaut
The western province have not beaten Leinster in Dublin since 2002, but are on an upward curve under Kieran Keane.
# opportunity knocks
Hanrahan determined to seize chance at 10 after slow start to Munster homecoming
“Getting the chance against Ulster is a big opportunity.”
# Blue Moon Rising
'As good a try as I've ever seen': Cullen praises 20-year-old Leinster starlet's moment of brilliance
The Leinster head coach was quietly pleased with a ‘unique’ bonus-point win at Thomond Park, but is already looking ahead to the next challenge.
# Bragging Rights
Larmour's stunning score helps Leinster raid Thomond in inter-pro thriller
The visitors weathered a second-half Munster comeback to make it five straight wins.
# welcome aboard
Munster's new defence coach arrives in Ireland as province issue squad update
JP Ferreira will begin working with the squad tomorrow.
# Leinster
Cullen pleased to take inter-pro win despite 'flat' feeling to performance
The head coach also had praise for his ‘inspired substitution’ Jordan Larmour.
# pro14
Damp squib from Ulster as Larmour sparks Leinster win
Without a line-out and a meaningful kicking game, Ulster were unable to build pressure on the eastern province.
# Inter-pro
'It's nobody’s fault': Rassie sees no sign of bitterness from Zebo after Ireland omission
‘I don’t think there are any hard feelings, I think Zeebs is pretty level-headed about it.’
# Inter-pro
Rory Best's first start of the season boosts Ulster but Henderson retains captaincy
The hooker will make his 200th Ulster appearance tomorrow.
# pro14
Keane relishing inter-pro on home soil after back-to-back wins boost the form book
‘We have had some really good constructive dialogue around what we are trying to achieve.’
# suftum
Piutau and Stockdale put the gloss on scrappy inter-pro win for Ulster
The 21-year-old Ireland international’s try finally tilted the contest Ulster’s way.
# commencing hostilities
Carolan honing the tools for Connacht to smash 57-year wait for win in Ulster
The inter-pros are here.
# Team-Sheet
McCloskey returns for Connacht clash as Ulster aim to bounce back from Zebre humbling
Chris Henry, Kieran Treadwell and Jacob Stockdale are also in harness for the season’s first inter-pro.
# family feud
'They're all lovely lads, but we don't like them': JVDF primed for overdue cut at Munster
He’s achieved a lot in his short career, so it’s about time Josh van der Flier started against Munster.
# inter-pro prep
Tommy O'Donnell back in full training as Munster prepare for hit-out against Connacht
JJ Hanrahan has stepped up his recovery from a shoulder injury and Peter O’Mahony has begun his pre-season prep.
Connacht v Leinster, Pro12
We went minute-by-minute as Leinster looked to re-take the summit of the Pro12 against a Connacht side celebrating John Muldoon’s 300th cap.
# Derby
Munster move top of Pro12 as Ulster miss prime chance to boost play-off hopes
Tries from Keith Earls, Dave O’Callaghan and Angus Lloyd powered the southern province to victory.
Munster v Ulster, Pro12
Time is running out for Ulster to claim a place in the Pro12 semi-finals. We went minute-by-minute to see if they can match up to a Munster side with one eye on Saracens.
# sliding doors
Belfast win a turning point in Munster season, says Kilcoyne as return inter-pro looms
‘There is no point is saying that Saracens is not at the forefront of our minds,” admits the prop.
# rhythm and blues
'We definitely lacked composure': Leinster look for rhythm in final rounds of Champions Cup pool
Leo Cullen will lose a chunk of his squad for the first half of this week.
O'Loughlin shines to beat Ulster, but Leinster leave bonus point behind
Leo Cullen’s men led 22 – 0 for much of the second half, but were unable to claim a fourth try.
# provincial pride
Charlie Vernon inspires Ulster to reclaim inter-pro title against Connacht
Ciaran Murtagh’s first-half exploits was not enough for Connacht.
# last gasp
Scannell's dramatic drop goal seals superb win for Munster in Belfast
Ulster had their own late chance to steal it with a drop-goal at Kingspan Stadium.
Ulster v Munster, Guinness Pro12
We went minute-by-minute for the first of this weekend’s inter-pros.
# props to the big man
'He's gassing past us in training!' Healy backs fired-up Mike Ross to see more Ireland action
“He was accepting, but pretty pissed off,” Cian Healy said of his long-term front row partner.
'We all have to try and pick up the slack together and try and fill the void that Axel has left'
Hooker Niall Scannell views tonight’s inter-pro clash with Ulster as a welcome distraction after a tough two weeks.