Aurillac head coach Jeremy Davidson: “I’m looking forward to seeing him [Eddie O’Sullivan]. I left him a message when he was appointed to wish him all the best.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are now more Irish head coaches in the French ProD2 than in Pro12

Leinster forwards coach Leo Cullen. “I would have watched a lot of coaches pretty closely over the last number of years.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The former Leinster captain is adjusting to his new role as forwards’ coach with the province

Jamie Heaslip (right) celebrating Leinster’s win over Glasgow Warriors in the final of RaboDirect PRO12 at the RDS in May. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster number eight had become the de facto captain in any case

Johnny Sexton in action for  Racing Metro against Harlequins in last year’s Heineken Cup. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho.

Outhalf weighs up offer of one-year extension from Racing Metro

Number eight Roger Wilson made his Ulster debut in 2003. Photograph: Inpho

Loss of key personnel not an excuse for province with appetite for glory

Brian O’Driscoll: former Ireland captain   would be a compromise candidate to fill new position of president in the newly-formed EPCR (European Professional Club rugby). Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Player has not been approached and role with new club body would conflict with punditry work

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

New Zealand seek to establish longest winning sequence in history of Test rugby with 18th successive win in Rugby Championship ope(...)

Connacht Rugby chief executive Willie Ruane: “The reality of it is we want to be in the Champions Cup next year as an initial objective”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former player says high expectations ‘the way it should be’

Ulster, in a first campaign under Les Kiss, host the Scarlets in round three before travelling to Llanelli a week later, prior to their daunting trek to Toulon in the penultimate round in January. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Carve-up follows ‘tortuous process’ between broadcasters BT and Sky

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