Connacht number eight Eoghan Masterson during squad training. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Edinburgh The Sportsground, Saturday, October 31st, 7.45pm Connacht may not be swaggering, but there is reason for optimism (...)

 Leo Cullen: preparing Leinster to play Edinburgh on September 4th. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Leinster, who look certain to keep Leo Cullen as head coach this season but will recruit a backs coach before November, open their Guinness Pro12 camp(...)

 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(...)