Paul O’Connell plays against Zebre tomorrow night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tommy Bowe and Paddy Jackson make first starts for Ulster away to Cardiff

Johnny Sexton of Racing Metro has signed a five-year contract with Leinster. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Ireland outhalf will play one more season with Racing Metro before returning to the Dublin

 Argetine hooker Eusebio Guinazu (centre) has joined Munster on a short term contract.  Photograph:   JUAN MABROMATA/GettyImages

The 32-year old Argentine hooker has agreed a short term contract with Irish province

Jonathan Sexton is due to meet Racing Metro 92 owner Jacky Lorenzetti in Paris today. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Racing Metro 92 owner Jacky Lorenzetti is due to meet the Irish outhalf today to persuade him to stay in Paris

European team captain Tony Jacklin of England and Seve Ballesteros of Spain raise their arms aloft in victory on the final day of the Ryder Cup at Muirfield Village in Ohio. Europe won the event with a score of 15-13. Photograph: David Cannon/Allsport

Former Ryder Cup captain knows just what the next month or so will be like for Paul McGinley

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson: confirmed offer of contract to Johnny Sexton and expects decision within next week or fortnight. Photograph: Inpho.

Rob Kearney keen to stay with province and sort out future as quickly as possible

Rob Kearney: “We’re in the process of putting together a sort of mentoring programme. You have to be very careful how you do it because it’s very important that we’re not creating a hierarchy in the organisation”. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Young players making quite an impression and it bodes well for what will be a demanding season

 Darren Sweetnam will make his Munster senior debut.  James Crombie/Inpho

Anthony Foley names a young team for friendly against Gloucester at Kingsholm

 Jamie Heaslip  is the new Leinster captain. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

The Ireland and Lions number eight succeeds Leo Cullen in leading the province

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