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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Pro12

All time
# Go West
Connacht overcome Cardiff as Springbok Boshoff makes his debut
The western province got the winning feeling back in Galway tonight.
# raven-chill
Too cold for comfort: Ulster's home clash with Zebre postponed due to frozen pitch
If you’re on your way to Kingspan Stadium, turn back.
# Go West
New Connacht 10 Boshoff 'ready to go' for debut against Cardiff
‘He needs to get out and play a game,’ says head coach Pat Lam.
# 2017
Postponed after Foley death, Munster's meeting with Racing 92 scheduled for January
Munster’s Pro12 trip to Edinburgh has been postponed to facilitate the European match.
# Italian Job Done
Adam Byrne shines as Leinster power past Zebre to return to the top of the Pro12
Meanwhile, Ireland 7s captain Tom Daly had a debut to remember.
# whitewash
Ruthless Munster thump Ospreys in bonus-point win
Rassie Erasmus’ men ran out 33-0 winners.
# dragons roar
Late Connacht onslaught not enough as Dragons leapfrog champions in the table
The western province made a slow start in Wales.
# too little too late
Poor first-half performance from Ulster proves costly against Edinburgh
The northern province trailed by 18 points at half-time.
# tricks and treats
Missed the Pro12 inter-pros this weekend? All the best bits are right here
It was a good weekend for the eastern and southern provinces.
# east meets west
'In the final we sat off and watched Connacht play': New cast for renewal of Leinster-Connacht rivalry
Connacht have won the last two meetings between the sides, but it’s whole new ball game in the RDS.
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.
# eastbound
RDS still a hoodoo to be broken for Pro12 champions Connacht
Leinster have felt the full force of Connacht in Galway and Edinburgh, but hold a proud record on home turf.
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.
# overflowing emotions
Keith Earls out of Chicago Test after receiving 2-week ban for tip tackle
The Munster wing will be eligible to play again before Ireland’s meeting with Canada on November 12.
# 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.
# insider info
‘I’d be licking my lips': ROG v Munster an intriguing battle for O'Callaghan
‘No one gives them a chance, they barely qualified. It could be a great story.’
# 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.
# that's why they're champions
Lam thrilled with Connacht cohesion in 'horrendous week of disruptions'
‘We have our system, but what brings it to life is the culture.’
# 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.
# The Long Goodbye
'I have been here for so long it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't stay'
Ulster star Ruan Pienaar is still focused on the task ahead, despite his future being away from the northern province.
# 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.
# playmaker
Bowe and Ronaldson back in starting slots as Connacht welcome unbeaten Ulster
Pat Lam’s side are hoping to build on last week’s win over Edinburgh.
# 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’.
# Key Man
Lam 'begged' skills coach Ellis not to leave Connacht last year
Now the skills coach returns to New Zealand with the head coach’s blessing.
# Champions Cup
Ulster expect to have Trimble, Olding and Marshall fit in time for European opener
This week’s trip to face the Pro12 champions will come a week too soon for the homegrown backs.
# express yourself
'He’s always been a great athlete': Howlett backs Sweetnam to make a mark at Test level
The All Black great believes the former Cork hurler is getting better with every rugby game.
# relive it
Munster's rout of Zebre and all the other Pro12 highlights you almost missed this weekend
That, plus a vital first win for Connacht and late drama for Ulster and Leinster.
# 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.
# Work in progress
Erasmus feels Munster are slowly clicking into gear ahead of Leinster showdown
Peter O’Mahony returned from injury with a cameo appearance in yesterday’s victory over Zebre.
# Pro12
Sexton kick seals hard-fought Leinster win in Cardiff
The visitors had to defend for their lives.
# 5 from 5
Jackson kicks late penalty against Ospreys to keep up Ulster's winning run
The Welsh side held a lead until the 79th minute in Belfast.
# Peter the Great
Murray continues scoring run and O'Mahony welcomed back in Munster win over Zebre
CJ Stander scored two of Munster’s seven tries in a comfortable win.
# Born to Run
A win at last: Pat Lam proud to see Connacht do it their way
The champions’ philosophy was on full display in last night’s bonus point win over Edinburgh.
# West's awake
Home comfort at last for Connacht with defeat of Edinburgh
It was a lot better from Pat Lam’s side tonight.
# not scot free
Edinburgh lock gets two-week ban for charge on Munster's O'Donoghue
Fraser McKenzie had already been omitted from the squad for tonight’s clash with Connacht before today’s ruling was released.