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# Provincial
Collisions, kids and Connacht are class: A dozen great images from the Pro12 year
Irish provinces said goodbye to some great servants in 2015.
# pick up the pace
England, France and Siberia: Here's what's in store for your province in Europe*
*In Europe, and also 6,000 kilometers away in central Russia.
# high fliers
Connacht will have Robbie Henshaw back when they take aim for the league's summit
Meanwhile, Quinn Roux is to consult a surgeon this week, but Jason Harrs-Wright is at the end of a long road to recovery.
# Moving On
'Sometimes it takes a few times to learn lessons': Leinster players striving to put RWC behind them
Jack McGrath and Devin Toner tell us how they’re managing the transition back to their day job.
# bread and butter
That crazy Munster-Ulster game, Nakarawa's back on ridiculous offload duty and the rest of your Pro12 highlights
The World Cup is over, it’s time to embrace the Pro12.
# Provincial
Munster's Fitzgerald and Leinster's Ringrose among fresh faces in squads for European competition
And these two powerful tight five options are aiming for some Challenge Cup game time.
# Provincial
McCloskey and Aki continue to shine and the rest of this week's Pro12 highlights
The western province didn’t manage a bonus point this week, but they are level on points with league leaders Scarlets.
# Provincial
Scholes shows his power, Connacht's (almost) comeback and all your Pro12 highlights
Here’s how your favourite province is looking.
# Last Chance Saloon
An openside question for Munster and more talking points as the Pro12 comes down to the wire
Three Irish provinces have a lot to play for tomorrow.
# Deadline Day
Here's where you can watch the gripping final weekend of the Pro12
The league has announced their plans for the semi-final weekend too.
# Provincial
Connacht's half-century and the rest of the Pro12 action you missed because the Six Nations was on
There’s only so much rugby you can fit into a weekend. So here’s some bonus Monday footage.
# 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.
# blue order
Half term report: Leinster doing just enough to stay in the hunt
It’s function over fashion around the RDS these days.
# suftum
Half term report: Ulster must escape Champions Cup cloud
2014 wasn’t the finest year around Ravenhill.
# Inter-pro
Why you should spend your St Stephen's Day watching inter-provincial rugby
Get yourself out of the house and into some of sport’s great rivalries.
# Injury Update
Connacht 'monitoring' McKeon after knee ligament sprain, Ulster do likewise with Pienaar
The western province hope to have Andrew Browne fit and available for Friday’s trip to Belfast.
# Opinion
4 winners and 5 losers after the crucial back-to-back European rugby fixtures
Rounds three and four of the Champions Cup weren’t great for the Irish sides, were they?
# number crunch
Kayser the tackling king, Gopperth runs and more big stats from the Champions Cup weekend
Take the positives where you can.
# not the heineken cup
Here's all you need to know before rugby's new look Champions Cup kicks off
There haven’t been many changes after the kerfuffle of the ERC breakaway, but here’s how the new competition will play out.
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors, Guinness Pro12
Neil Doak’s first official game in charge of the province is tough one, so we went minute-by-minute.
# Eyes on the Prize
Here's what European rugby's new Champions Cup looks like
Now, can anyone keep it from ending up in the south of France?
# honest assessment
Eoin Reddan so impressed by Connacht he says Leinster may be underdogs in Galway
The ex-Connacht scrum-half is preparing himself for battle in the season’s first inter-pro this Friday.
# Interview
Connacht's late bloomer Heffernan won't be pushed aside
Connacht’s hooker is building himself into a recognised front-line player as Pat Lam’s side reach for the top.
# Women's Rugby
Hayes helps Munster whitewash Ulster, Leinster sting Connacht late
Here’s how the provinces fared on the return of the women’s inter-pro series.
# Provincial
5 things we learned from the opening weekend of Pro12 rugby
Just one win between the four provinces, but a whole lot to talk about.
# Out with the old
5 pressing questions for Leinster ahead of the new rugby season
Seanie’s back so everything’s going to be okay, right?
# comeback trail
Sean O'Brien and Stuart Olding will start tomorrow's Leinster v Ulster friendly
Tullow’s finest flanker will get plenty of opportunity to carry from number eight.
# TV guide
Sky or BT? Here's where you can watch your province in European action
Ulster and Leinster fans will be watching their side live on BT in the opening round of fixtures.
# best in the west
'Ultimate Connacht Man' John Muldoon named captain for new season
It was the job of at least three men last season, but John Muldoon will do it all by himself this time around.
# TV guide
Axel's Munster will kick off the new Pro12 season, Sky cameras trained on Ulster and Leinster
This time next month we’ll have watched Pro12 rugby on Sky for the first time.
# production lne
Seven of Ireland's U20 World Cup squad recruited to Leinster academy
Garry Ringrose, Cian Kelleher, Harrison Brewer and Ross Byrne are half of the new first year academy members.
# Derby Day
Five things to watch out for when Ulster host Leinster at Ravenhill
Ulster still have to guarantee their place in the Pro12 playoffs, but there is plenty to spur Leinster players on too.
# Explainer
Here's the state of play going into the final two rounds of the RaboDirect Pro12
Three Irish provinces hope to be involved in the Pro12 playoffs, here’s what they need to do.
# suftum
'Saracens deserve their place in the final, but did they deserve a place in the semis?' -- Johann Muller
The Ulster captain and his province are still finding the pain of their European exit hard to take.
# Team-sheets
O'Connell returns, Henshaw back to centre as Munster and Connacht shuffle pack for inter-pro clash
Conor Murray is one of two scrum-halves on the Munster bench.
# Provincial
Everything up for grabs in frantic final weeks of Pro12
Just nine points separate the top four and there are still three inter-pros to be played in the final three weeks.
# Business end
9 reasons to get PUMPED about this weekend's Pro12 action
Three provinces are done with the Heineken Cup for good, but domestic league coming to the boil nicely.
# Captain Fantastic
Shoulder surgery rules O'Mahony out for rest of season
And elsewhere, Ulster have signed up a former Munster prop.
# Pro12
Jennings demanding further improvement before clash with road warriors from Glasgow
With the really big games come around in April, the flanker feels the benchmark needs to be set soon.
# Pro12
Fitzgerald back in international contention as Leinster issue clean bill of health
The winger suffered no ill effects after an hour’s action in Cardiff.