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Friday 3 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Inter-pros

Last month
January 2023
# Hooked
'I don’t know where my life would be if I didn’t pick up the rugby ball'
Munster hooker Kate Sheehan’s life has revolved around rugby.
# WXV
Inter-pros launch a momentous year for Irish women's rugby
With the Celtic Cup, Six Nations, and WXV all ahead, 2023 will be busy.
All time
# Back in action
Cullen close to completing Covid isolation as Leinster return to training
The head coach hopes Leinster will face Ulster on New Year’s Day in Belfast.
# Foundation
'We have a perfect storm... The game is changing and we need to change with it'
As Irish women’s rugby rebuilds, the AIL and inter-pros will play a key role.
# Inter-pros
Ireland trio to start for Connacht on Thomond Park trip
Bundee Aki, Ultan Dillane and Dave Heffernan have been picked to take on Munster in the Pro14 tomorrow evening.
# schedule
Munster v Leinster a tasty Six Nations trial but Farrell may have concerns
Connacht and Ulster don’t have any senior games scheduled before the Six Nations.
# Prospect
20-year-old McIlroy one of the big winners of the inter-pro series
The Ulster wing has shown his promise in three starts over recent weekends.
# TV
Rugby 20, virtual fans, and social distancing - eir Sport's plans for rugby's return
The broadcaster has been busily planning for Leinster’s clash with Munster on 22 August.
# dog eat dog
Lay of the land suits Ulster if they can challenge on two fronts
There are big questions around all four provinces approaching the restarted season, we begin addressing those with the northern province.
# pecking order
Munster and Ulster out to close gap on Leinster as Connacht look for more depth
The Irish provinces are starting to gear up for rugby’s return in August.
# Return to Play
Ulster look for green light from NI Executive as part of IRFU inter-pro plans
The four provinces are hoping to return to action on 22/23 August at the Aviva Stadium.
# Derbies
IRFU confirms plans are in place for inter-pros at the Aviva in August
The games would take place behind closed doors on 22 and 23 August.
# Options
Inter-provincial series among possibilities for any return of rugby
‘That sort of scenario is a possibility of playing out due to the travel issues.’
# Inter-pro
Keenan ready to test his mettle with first taste of Thomond
Leinster’s footballing fullback is intent on shutting out the pressure from the crowd in Limerick.
# Comeback Kid
Carbery poised to return for Munster if he can sustain progress through Christmas week
The out-half has not played for his province this season due to the ankle injury sustained on international duty.
# Inter-pros
Cullen backs Kearney to begin road back to Ireland setup against Ulster
The head coach doesn’t have to look beyond his own squad for proof a 33-year-old can play his way back in.
# Week One
Munster and Leinster score half a dozen to start inter-pros on a winning note
The 2019 championships got underway today.
# Team news
JVG names strong team for Connacht inter-pro as Munster chase Pro14 top spot
Connacht, meanwhile, hand a first start to academy out-half Conor Dean at Thomond Park.
# Innovation
'A glimpse behind the curtain' - TG4 provide unique coaching insight with Flannery warm-up clip
Kieran Hartigan speaks to The42 about the station’s pre-match coverage of Munster’s Pro14 clash with Connacht which impressed viewers.
AS IT HAPPENED
Connacht v Munster, Guinness Pro14
We brought you the minute-by-minute action from the Sportsground this evening.
# have a little patience
'I'd be in the wrong environment if I wasn't gutted and chomping at the bit'
Johnny McPhillips said he needs to be patient if the 21-year-old fly-half is to get more game time with Ulster.
# Inter-pros
Lowe's acrobatics, referee controversy and a famous Connacht win - Pro14 highlights
There was no shortage of drama from round six.
# Derby Day
Connacht increase capacity by 2,000 for eagerly-awaited Leinster clash
Temporary terracing is being installed at the Bohermore and College Road ends of the Sportsground.
# heading west
'It was a pretty dark time': Healy and Leinster eye Galway revenge
Last season’s heavy defeat to Connacht will fuel Leinster fire this week as attention turns to the Pro14 inter-pros.
# Inter-pros
'One of our aims is to play good rugby, not just good women's rugby'
The women’s inter-pro series kicks off tonight, and Australian Ben Armstrong is hoping to guide Leinster to a fifth title.
# Champions
Leinster Schools clinch inter-pro title with victory over Ulster in UL
IQ Rugby secured a win in their final fixture against Munster in UL.
# u18s
Connacht move into control of Clubs inter-pros with commanding win over Munster
Meanwhile, Leinster had a big win against Ulster at the U18s festival in UL.
# Derby Dominance
Leinster the clear top dogs after entertaining Pro14 inter-pro series
With three wins from three games in the last fortnight, Leo Cullen’s men impressed.
# Inter-pros
Connacht rule Kelleher out of Munster clash with head injury
However, the wing is the province’s only new injury concern as they work through a five-day turnaround to face Munster.
AS IT HAPPENED
Munster vs Leinster, Pro14
Munster welcomed Leinster to Thomand Park for a St Stephen’s Day derby in the Guinness Pro14.
# Team news
Jack McGrath to captain Leinster for first time in Stephen's Day Munster clash
The 28-year-old St Mary’s man will captain Leinster for the very first time as they make the trip to Thomond Park on Tuesday.
# Inter-pros
Conway and Marshall return ahead of sold-out Thomond Park derby
Munster will be looking to build on back-to-back Champions Cup wins when they welcome Leinster on St Stephen’s Day.
# pro14
Stockdale at fullback with fellow former U20 star McPhillips primed for Ulster debut
Meanwhile, Darren Cave will win his 200th cap for his province on John Cooney’s return to Galway.
# SUAF
Lions experience has O'Mahony primed to get on with the job through distraction or disappointment
‘You’re gutted inside for 10 minutes, then you get on with it.’
# Inter-pros
John Muldoon set for 300th Connacht cap as Leinster ring the changes
It’s Connacht v Leinster in Galway on Saturday night.
# wet weekend
O'Loughlin's fantastic finish and more Pro12 highlights to ease you back into normal life
It’s gonna be a long month, but at least it’s a short week.
# Champions
Rising Clare star Aaron Shanagher's late goal seals inter-provincial victory for Munster
He came on as a substitute as the southerners overcame Leinster in Thurles.
# mark the date
The 2016 GAA season will wind down with interpro finals fixed this week
Munster dominate the hurling roll of honour, while Ulster lead in football.
# Hamstrung
Leinster hope to have Sexton back in harness for Christmas inter-pros
Head coach Leo Cullen well get a full report on Sexton’s progress in Santry tomorrow.
# weakened
No Dublin players named in Leinster's inter-provincial squad
The All-Ireland champions won’t play any part in this weekend’s series.