Paddy Jackson and Ruan Pienaar: Ulster will hope the pair are passed fit to face Connacht. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Visitors have not been able to earn a win against Ulster at Ravenhill since 1960

Leinster’s Shane Jennings was sidelined for 13 weeks after tearing his hamstring against Connacht. Photograph: Billy Stickland/inpho

Rugby derby may be missing big names but history will make it a spectacle

Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen: “I’m concerned about preparing a team to go down and play in Thomond Park and we know it is a very difficult place to go to.”Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster forwards’ coach Leo Cullen not sure of who will be in the line-up at Thomond Park

Devin Toner has signed a new two-year national contract and will remain at Leinster until  the summer of 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forwards coach claims secondrow has established himself at the highest level

Andy Lee (left) throws a left at Matvey Korobov during their WBO middleweight title fight at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photograph:  David Becker/Getty Images

Johnny Watterson on the Vegas fight that saw the Limerick middleweight silence the doubters

Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ surrounded by the monthly winners of 2014 on stage at the 10th Annual The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Boxer a cut above the rest but awards are a celebration of all our top women athletes

Monthly award winner Anna Geary takes a picture with Irish Times Sportswoman of the Year boxer Katie Taylor at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s been another exceptional campaign for the Olympic, European and World champion boxer

 Johnny Sexton was one of three Ireland players to suffer head injuries during the Autumn Internatonal against Australia. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/INPHO

Oireachtas report calls for taskforce to harmonise treatment of head injuries

A man sits on a deck over the Rio Carioca, in which scientists discovered a new bacteria, near Guanabara Bay, venue for  the Olympic sailing events in Rio 2016. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters.

More than half the water that flows into bay is sewage

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