Connacht coach Pat Lam: “We cannot afford to be carrying niggles going into Ospreys, which is our bread and butter.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

(...)’s focus is already returning to the Pro 12.“The next priority is making sure we manage the squad because(...)

Ospreys outhalf  Dan Biggar kicked 17 points against Treviso  at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Italians to cheer on another dismal European occasion for them. It meant the unbeaten Guinness PRO12(...)

Saracens’ David Strettle dives over for a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Clermont at Allianz Park, London. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Glasgow unbeaten in the Guinness PRO12 until last weekend. Mark Bennett opened and closed the tryscoring(...)

Dave Foley celebrates victory against Toulouse with teammates Damien Varley and Conor Murray in the  Heineken Cup quarter-final in April 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster’s penultimate pool match away to Gloucester. That came fully three years after his Pro12 debut(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Robin Copeland compete during the recent Guinness Pro12 clash. The stakes will be raised this weekend as the two sides face English teams in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

Premiership, Top 14 and Pro12, potentially involving the eight-best finisher in the latter.Even so, Pat Lam(...)

Luke Fitzgerald is in line to make his first appearance for Leinster since the end of March after being named on the bench for Sunday’s European Champions Cup clash with Wasps at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

(...) has not played since playing 80 minutes in Leinster’s 22-18 Pro12 victory over Munster at the Aviva(...)

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip speaking to the press at UCD, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

(...) understands that the lifelines available in the Pro12 are not strung out to cling onto in Europe. You beat(...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

(...) three seasons ago. Form: After under-powered, 14-man defeat in Zebre, have climbed to third in Pro12(...)

Abortion and the law

(...) position to be a minority one. The bogeyman of a perceived liberal media bias (“Pro Life Campaign(...)

Racing Metro kicking coach Ronan O’Gara:  “Nowadays there are internationals who are average, so that signing an international doesn’t really mean that much.” Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.  1:29

(...) for Guinness [Pro12] games because that’s the mentality in Munster, but there will be a different(...)