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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C


# Dobbo
'They had a choice. Every one of them said, 'No, we want to come to Leinster''
Stormers head coach John Dobson is one of the most interesting characters in the game.
23rd March 2023
# depth chart
Sexton hopes to return before end of season as Leinster assess 10 options
The province’s captain was injured as Ireland claimed the Grand Slam last weekend.
This week
19th March 2023 - 24th March 2023
Munster expecting a bounce from returning internationals
The province resume their URC campaign at Thomond Park on Saturday against Glasgow Warriors.
This month
March 2023
# Onwards
Leinster focused on Stormers after 'far from perfect' seven-try display
Leo Cullen says his side still has plenty to work on as they prepare to look towards their South African opposition.
# Go West
Connacht back into top half after battling win over the Dragons in Wales
A fourth win in a row for Connacht.
# Dominant
Ulster secure bonus point win in style away to Cardiff
Six tries for Ulster in Cardiff.
# Seventh Heaven
Leinster bag seven tries as they cruise to victory away to Edinburgh
Two tries apiece for Scott Penny and Michael Milne.
# Thriller
RG Snyman returns as Munster hold off astonishing Scarlets comeback
Graham Rowntree’s men held on for a fifth URC win in-a-row after a remarkable game.
# Team news
Ciarán Frawley returns after knee surgery to start for Leinster
Jordan Larmour, Jamie Osborne, and Scott Penny are all named in the team after featuring in Ireland’s extended Six Nations squad for last week’s win over Italy.
Last month
February 2023
'To win both of our games in South Africa this season is something to be proud of'
Ulster head coach Dan McFarland praises players after Sharks victory.
Duane Vermeulen to lead Ulster against Sharks
Province seeking a second win in South Africa this season in re-arranged tie.
# the byrne supremacy
Harry Byrne seizes chance to impress in Leinster's hammering of Dragons
Leinster won a fourteenth game in a row on a 43-14 scoreline.
Ulster's recent revival comes to shuddering halt as Glasgow snatch victory
They did stop the Scots claiming a bonus point, however, and collected one themselves after John Cooney’s late penalty.
Leinster name Larmour, O'Brien and Osborne in team to face Dragons
The trio were all released from Ireland camp earlier this week.
# Game time
Quality of released Ireland players underlines that Farrell has options
Jack Crowley and Ryan Baird will be in Irish camp over the coming days.
January 2023
# Shot InThe Arm
Connacht boost URC knockout hopes with impressive bonus-point win
Jack Carty became Connacht’s all-time top points scorer in their victory over the Lions.
# Italian Job Done
Munster take maximum returns from 70-point thriller in Treviso
Graham Rowntree’s side scored six tries and overcame plenty of hurdles to overtake Benetton in the URC standings.
# Competition
The URC is becoming a less forgiving place as Irish provinces feel more heat
Leinster have continued as before but the other three provinces are battling.
# another boost
Ulster swat understrength Stormers aside for first back-to-back wins since November
First tries in Ulster jerseys for Ben Moxham and Jeff Toomaga-Allen led Dan McFarland’s side to victory.
# Team news
Alan O'Connor to lead Ulster again for Stormers challenge
Northern province could go third with a win.
# pool stage
'Too complicated' - Champions Cup format needs focus, says URC chief
Martin Anayi is also a board member of EPCR.
McBryde acknowledges Leinster have areas to improve ahead of Cardiff test
Leinster will be without their huge international contingent for Saturday’s URC fixture.
# mark the diary
Ulster's URC clash away to Sharks rescheduled for late February
Dan McFarland’s side will line out in Durban on Saturday, 25 February.
# Ben Healy
'He led the week... And we have a good relationship. We've all been up front'
Graham Rowntree on the Ben Healy saga, his dilemma at scrum-half, and RG Snyman’s progress as he continues to work his way back to fitness.
# hod's law
'The fitter you are, you're not under as much pressure physically and you have more time to think'
Munster’s strong finishes over the last fortnight have been no accident, explains Friday’s player of the match John Hodnett.
# resilience
Leinster dig deep to make it 12 in a row at Ospreys
Hugo Keenan and Jimmy O’Brien scored twice in the space of four minutes in the second half.
# muzzer to the buzzer
Liam Coombes strikes late as Munster earn impressive bonus-point victory over Lions
Scott Buckley crossed twice for the hosts, who move into the URC play-off spots with a 33-3 victory.
# A Friend in need
Hansen and Bealham back for Connacht as Sharks send their second-string
Andy Friend’s side are 13th in the URC table and badly need a win.
# talismen
Big boost for Connacht with Irish internationals returning for Sharks clash
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen, and Finlay Bealham are all available again.
Ospreys strike late to see off Cardiff and Scarlets bag four tries in win over Dragons
Two local derbies commanded the focus in Welsh rugby today.
Last year
JJ Hanrahan kicks 14 points for Dragons but Cardiff win out in Welsh derby
While the hosts of the early URC Welsh derby won a pulsating contest, Ospreys were comfortable 34-14 victors over Scarlets later in the evening.
# the frisch prince
'I'm not shying away from the fact that I came here with ambitions to try and play for Ireland'
Antoine Frisch is excited by the prospect of playing in his first Munster-Leinster interpro, a fixture he has followed since his youth.
# Irish Abroad
'Limerick and Newport are similar places, working-class people'
Former Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan has settled happily into life with the Dragons.
# Comeback
Munster recover from sloppy start to record bonus point victory over Edinburgh
Graham Rowntree’s men have now won three on the spin.
Returning Hansen one of six Connacht changes for Benetton clash
Andy Friend’s side are hosts at The Sportsground tomorrow.
# Team news
Lowe returns for Leinster as Henderson starts at 6 for Ulster
The teams have been named for tomorrow night’s URC clash at the RDS.
Munster locked-and-loaded for massive night in Edinburgh
The Scots have named a strong side for this evening’s URC clash.
# Tasty
Munster make five changes and Edinburgh welcome back big guns for Friday clash
Graham Rowntree has reshuffled his front row, while Gavin Coombes and Simon Zebo start for the key visit to the Scottish capital.
# Mack's Back
Mack Hansen shrugs off injury to boost Connacht ahead of Benetton battle
Ireland winger passed fit ahead of Saturday’s URC match at the Sportsground.
# Sean Everitt
Sharks coach departs role in the wake of heavy URC loss to Cardiff
The club confirmed this evening that Everitt has vacated his position.