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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Inter-pro

All time
Taute vows to 'serve the jersey with the pride and passion it deserves' during short Munster stay
The Springbok was signed on a short-term deal to cover Francis Saili’s absence and has already made his presence felt.
# Mourning
'We are missing Axel at training, at meetings, in the office': Munster still beset with grief
Director of rugby Erasmus is trying to prepare a side to face Ulster after the intensely emotional win over Glasgow Warriors.
# starter for 10
'Johnny Sexton will be 100% fit to face the All Blacks' - Leinster coach Lancaster
The out-half only played 40 minutes of Leinster’s loss to Montpellier and had taken a back seat on goal-kicking.
# Red mist
Munster's James Cronin cited for stamping incident in loss to Leinster
A disciplinary committee will convene on Wednesday to judge the incident involving the prop and Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park.
# Talking Points
Heffernan makes his mark as Connacht sizzle in win over Ulster
That and more points to ponder after Pat Lam defeated Ulster for the first time.
# rare and wonderful
Connacht bridge 4-year wait to beat Ulster in inter-pro thriller
Ulster went to Galway with five wins from five this season, but came well and truly unstuck.
# a dream of spring
Lessons from a winter of discontent pushed Connacht back on path to their peak
Pat Lam is plotting Ulster’s downfall tonight, but he says there’s no point in comparing Connacht’s form now with how they looked in May.
# calm comeback
Peter O'Mahony willing to be patient to return to peak of his powers
‘Speaking to a lot of fellas about the ACL, it can take two years to feel normal again’.
# Inter-pro
'You try and have the same intensity every week, but there's something special about these games'
The hard-fought win in Cardiff has strengthened Leinster’s confidence, but nothing compares to the prospect of taking on Munster.
# baptism
Stuart Lancaster leans on 6 Nations experience in preparation for first taste of Leinster v Munster
The ex-England boss believes fixtures like these are the closest thing to international rugby.
# Inter-pro
Henshaw in line for Leinster debut v Munster, McFadden and Kearney ruled out
The Kildare and Louthman will sit out the Aviva Stadium meeting with quad and ankle issues respectively.
# Inter-pro
Pride, not revenge, focusing Heaslip for semi-final showdown with Ulster
‘When you live it the way we live it, you have to wear your heart on your sleeve.’
# heat of the moment
'It's two feet in front of the touch judge': Sexton baffled by non-decisions from officials
However, the out-half seemed to benefit from weak officiating after the interval.
Leinster v Munster, Guinness Pro12
We went minute-by-minute as Ireland’s traditional leading provinces both tried to keep the pressure on Connacht.
# Derby
'Axel sat us down and he said, 'Remember this feeling' and walked out'
CJ Stander has returned from Ireland camp eager to help Munster end their season on a high.
# Vital Statistics
Weight of history still threatens Connacht's best ever season
It’s a tough run-in for the league leaders and their inter-pro record is poor.
'You can't play victim the whole time': Foley heartened by Munster grind
The Munster head coach believed in his approach even in the midst of the five-game losing run.
# rested and recuperated
Keatley 'refocused and recharged' thanks to winter break
Munster head coach called his out-half superb after pulling the strings of a hard-fought away win today.
# Relief
Keatley keeps his cool to arrest Munster slide with win away to Ulster
The under-fire out-half ensured his team avoided a sixth straight loss.
# Momentum
Something has to give as Connacht patch themselves up for Ulster clash
Connacht have won seven straight on home turf, but have managed just one win in 18 against the northern province.
# contract talks
'Contract issues don't concern me right now' - Foley
A much-needed win the priority for coach who is close to penning a new deal.
# Not good enough
'Losing to Leinster would be unacceptable' - Zebo
Munster back desperate to stop the rot against their arch rivals.
# Quick healer
Speedy recovery puts O'Donnell in contention to face Leinster
Munster flanker was expected to be out until February after dislocating his hip on international duty.
Foley says Munster 'haven't heard anything' about Madigan moving south
The Munster head coach is hoping Conor Murray and Francis Saili will be fit this weekend.
# Drama
Ulster and Munster share the spoils after Pro12 thriller in Belfast
Paddy Jackson held his nerve with a last-gasp conversion to earn two points for Neil Doak’s men.
# Inter-pro
Pressure rising for Ulster v Munster as play-off squeeze takes hold
Provinces south and north go head to head today with a crucial home Pro12 semi-final on the line.
# synergy
Composure key to Ulster's quick turnaround against Leinster -- Rory Best
The hooker praised the attitude and belief built between the province’s players and coaching staff.
# knockout rugby
‘Credit to Ulster, they wore us down’ – Leinster coach O’Connor
Ulster’s home fuelled motivation combined with Leinster fatigue made it a rough night for the champions.
# Reaction
Curtain closing on Leinster's season and more talking points from Ravenhill
Along with man of the match Iain Henderson, Paddy Jackson was critical to putting Ulster top of the table.
# Match Report
Henderson helps Ulster inflict painful defeat on Leinster
Ulster scored 26 unanswered points after trailing 10 -0 early on.
Ulster v Leinster, Pro12
We were in Ravenhill to bring you through this crucial inter-pro minute-by-minute.
# stand up rise up
Connacht vow to bring Pro12 race 'to the wire' despite inter-pro setback
“One thing I say about this group of guys: we might not be as experienced in certain areas, but they work hard and they don’t give in.”
# X Factor
'We just fell asleep': Ulster taking harsh lesson of Madigan try on the chin
Robbie Diack says the opportunistic try was something he never experienced before and, hopefully, never will again.
# love thy neighbour
Connacht and Leinster fans, here's the highlights of your New Year inter-pro victories
There is no finer way to spend your Saturday night than watching your province beat another province.
# starter for 10
That Madigan magic and more talking points from Leinster's win over Ulster
Ulster go back up the M1 licking their wounds while Leinster end the seasonal inter-pros in the playoff places.
# taped up
Te'o and McFadden back for Leinster, Ulster boosted by Ruan return
Both coaches have been able to recall the big guns for tomorrow’s inter-pro.
# fight and flair
New found flair the difference for Connacht against Munster -- John Muldoon
The blindside says his side have always worked hard, but now they have a spark outside.
# West's awake
Henshaw set for Connacht return in sold-out New Year's Day Munster tie
On-loan lock Quinn Roux and dynamic back row Eoin McKeon are also back in the selection mix.
# Mumhan Abu
Foley enthused as squad depth shows up well in Leinster victory
The likes of Ronan O’Mahony, Duncan Williams, Billy Holland and Dave O’Callaghan stood out in Limerick.
# destruction derby
Dominant Munster power three tries past Leinster in Limerick
Anthony Foley’s men were clear and deserved winners at Thomond Park as Leinster struggled to create scores.