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# Pro12

All time
# season-defining
'It's all on the line': Lam rues calamitous Connacht defence, but emphasis firmly on European play-off
“We have numbers, but we’re not connecting.”
# the 1 seed
'They've been under a cloud of pressure': Rassie pleased for players after topping table
The South African was also happy to see Conor Murray in ‘solid’ form on his return from injury.
Leinster left livid with their shortcomings as they slip up in Belfast
Leo Cullen was critical of his side after their 17-13 defeat an emotional Ulster.
# Legend
Ulster give Pienaar a winning farewell as Leinster miss out on top spot
The South African made a classy assist for Andrew Trimble’s crucial try.
# Table Toppers
Connacht end with a whimper as 7-try Munster roar to Pro12 summit
Connacht’s defence could not hold up to a hungry Munster onslaught.
# Team news
11 changes for Leinster as Pienaar starts his final game for Ulster
Ulster host Leo Cullen’s side tomorrow on the final regular-season day of the Pro12.
# Team-sheets
Conor Murray back on the bench as Connacht end Pro12 reign in Munster
It’s the last round of the regular season tomorrow, but both teams have big matches to look forward to on 20 May.
# First XV
Munster dominate Pro12 'Dream Team' with six selections
Leinster and Ulster received two picks apiece with Tiernan O’Halloran the sole representative from Connacht.
# Pro12
Ulster won't risk Best and Henderson against Leinster, Olding set for surgery and 12 weeks out
The hooker and lock have been nursing respective shoulder and elbow injuries in recent weeks.
# make or break
Ospreys fend off Ulster comeback and all but end their Pro12 dream
It was make or break for the northern province, but Ospreys came out on top.
# youth
'It had a bit of everything' - Lights, lessons and another Leinster win
Scrum-half Nick McCarthy was man of the match on his first start for Leinster last night.
# Looking Back
'It's a place we'll never forget': Pat Lam reflects on his time with Connacht
The Connacht head coach guided the province to Pro12 glory last year.
# suftum
McCloskey starts as Ulster face make or break trip to Ospreys
Chris Henry and Jared Payne remain injured as the northern province attempt to snatch the fourth play-off place out of Ospreys’ claws.
# Team news
10 changes to Munster side seeking home Pro12 semi as victorious 'A' players included
A win over Treviso tomorrow would guarantee that outcome.
# leaving do
O'Halloran out to make Sportsground farewell a fond one for Lam and McPhillips
The duo will turn their attention to the English second tier after one last European play-off push.
# party poopers
JVDF to the fore as Leinster secure home Pro12 semi with bonus point win in Galway
The eastern province scored five tries to ruin John Muldoon’s 300th cap party.
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.
# concerns
Munster's Conor Murray and Rory Scannell are 'big doubts' to face Saracens
Darren Sweetnam was another to pick up an injury in the win over Ulster.
# 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.
More than Champions Cup warm-ups: There's a hell of a lot to play for in the Pro12
Today’s inter-pros aren’t going to be the most heated clashes ever, but they will have a big bearing on the season.
# suftum
'This is last chance': Trimble intent on keeping Ulster's play-off hope alive in Thomond Park
With Saracens posing a potential distraction for Munster, Trimble’s side can keep the pressure on Scarlets and Ospreys with a rare win in Limerick.
# 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.
# cut short
Connacht rule out Loughney, McCartney and Ili until next season
Surgery on arm and ankle injuries will keep the trio out of Pat Lam’s final games in charge.
# statement
Ospreys defend controversial handling of Dan Biggar's head injury
The out-half sustained the injury during his side’s Pro12 meeting with Leinster yesterday.
Munster show defensive mettle to to see off Glasgow in tough Pro12 clash
Rassie’s side are seven points clear of third-placed Ospreys with just three matches remaining in the regular season.
# tyler trouble
Munster 10 Bleyendaal forced off early against Glasgow
Rory Scannell took over at out-half after just eight minutes in Cork tonight.
# the bigg miss
Cronin power and brilliant Byrne drop-goal earn Leinster dramatic win
Dan Biggar had a late chance to win the game for Ospreys, but pushed his penalty attempt wide to let the league leaders off the hook.
# Strong resistance
Connacht withstand Edinburgh's late comeback to claim victory
The province edged out their Scottish opponents at Myreside tonight.
# Round 4
Deysel injection for Munster, but Murray still missing for Glasgow clash
The Springbok will start in the back row of a much-changed Munster line-up.
# Pro12
Saracens on the horizon 'a little driver' for O'Donoghue as he takes aim at Glasgow
The powerful young back row ranks the win over Toulouse as a highlight of his career.
# Pro12
Best and Trimble back in harness to help Ulster's play-off push
Ex-Leinster prospect Nick Timoney is in line to make his debut for the northern province when the Cardiff Blues visit.
# unstung heroes
Adam Byrne hamstrung for Ospreys, as Kearney undergoes surgery again
The fullback has undergone an operation on his bicep.
# Never Say Die
Forwards coach Duffy vows that Connacht will keep up chase for Champions Cup spot
The western province are playing their game in hand away to Zebre this weekend and hope to at least earn a play-off before Pat Lam heads for Bristol.
# once a blue...
Premiership 'like Leinster v Munster every single week' -- Gopperth
The former Leinster 10 spoke about the merits of the Premiership, shifting in to 12 and defensive adaptations.
# icymi
Treviso's shock win over title-chasing Ospreys, Munster hit 50 and all your weekend Pro12 highlights
# The protégé
Nacewa excited to operate with 'electric' Carbery in back three
‘He’s a genuine threat every time he’s got the ball in his hands.’
# Pro12
Ulster keep Pro12 playoff chase on track with late win against Dragons
John Andrew’s late try sealed a hard-fought win for the Ulstermen.
# pom
Captain O'Mahony straight back into Munster XV for visit to Zebre
Rassie Erasmus has made five personnel changes for the clash in Italy.
# Pro12
Isa and JVDF back in Leinster line-up to tackle Blues
Fresh from international duty, Cian Healy, Dan Leavy and Luke McGrath all start.