Jamie Heaslip: proud to be captaining Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht test is the immediate priority but World Cup looms large on the horizon

Connacht’s Quinn Roux: “Quinn Roux is available to play this weekend, John Cooney is not. It is in their contracts,” said a Leinster official. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster ensure John Cooney not available to Connacht coach Pat Lam

 Oscar Pistorius: competed in the 2012 Olympics.  Photograph: PA

Pistorius lived up to his nickname ‘Blade Runner’

Jamie Heaslip: forms an impressive Leinster backrow with Shane Jenning and Dominic Ryan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Home side can put Glasgow disappointment behind them

Former Ulster coach Mark Anscombe in Ravenhill last season. But who will replace interim coach Les Kiss when he returns to the national squad? Photograph:  Brian Little/Presseye/Inpho

Les Kiss will depart soon for Ireland as Ulster seek a new coach for this season

Ruaidhri Murphy: set to get chance off the bench as Ulster take on Zebre at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: John Dickson/Inpho/Presseye.

Prop’s sojourn in Australia shows alternative route to success

Christoph Kramer of Germany lies injured during the 2014 Fifa World Cup B final against Argentina at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Claims that outdated methods are putting millions of young sportspeople at risk

Attention has been drawn to Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw, who many believe should be Ireland’s next number 13. Photograph: Inpho.

Coach Pat Lam getting the best out of his young charges

Robbie Henshaw comes into the Connacght side for his first start of the 2014-15 season. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie

The young back takes his place at outside centre for his first league game of the season

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