Connacht head coach Pat Lam: “If we lose this week, it’s all over, it’s finished. We have to put all our energy and focus on getting the win ourselves and see what happens elsewhere.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Connacht are throwing everything into bagging a win against Zebre this weekend, while also hoping results elsewhere go their way to boost their dwind(...)

Seán Cronin, in action here for Leinster in their Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon, has underwent   surgery to repair tendon damage in a shoulder and will be out for 12 weeks. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland and Leinster hooker Seán Cronin underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair tendon damage to a shoulder and is ruled out for the re(...)

Mils Muliaina returns to the Connacht side for their Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Cardiff Blues v Connacht The Arms Park, 7.35, TG4 Former All Black Mils Muliaina returns for Connacht after his hamstring troubles as Pat L(...)

Ulster’s Iain Henderson (left) will get much- needed game time against Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho.

Like loosehead prop Cian Healy in Leinster and outhalf Johnny Sexton at Racing Metro, Irish lock Iain Henderson will start for Ulster against Edinbur(...)

Ulster outhalf Ian Humphreys says province are determined to win the block of four matches during the Six Nations. Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster initially suffered the January blues. They lost a Guinness Pro12 match to Leinster and then, despite a defiant and gutsy four-try salvo against(...)

Ulster 43 Treviso 3 This was a no-brainer, really, in that Ulster knew that they just had to produce a result against a side who have managed t(...)

Zebre’s Giovanbattista Venditti scores a try during their Guinness Pro12 match against Treviso at Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma, Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Zebre 16 Benetton Treviso 26 Treviso ended their wait for a first victory of the season in any competition by winning the all-Italian Guinness(...)

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

One player hoping his name will be on Matt O’Connnor’s team when he names his Leinster side today is Shane Jennings. While the bulk of the internatio(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Richardt Strauss, who scored for Ireland in their victory over Georgia, faces a race to be fit for Leinster’s game against Pro 12 leaders ospreys on Saturday

Leinster will be without Luke Fitzgerald and Kevin McLaughlin for Saturday’s home game against Pro 12 leaders Ospreys. McLaughlin was forced to come o(...)