Clontarf’s Tadhg Furlong in action for the club against UCD. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Division 1A will revert to playoffs, semi-final and final to determine the champions

 Paul Ryan (right, in action against Kilkenny) returns to the Dublin line-up and Tipperary will be wary of his ability if they infringe close to goal. Photograph: Inpho

Anthony Daly’s team face a huge task as they attempt to bounce back from heavy Leinster final defeat

 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug after winning the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.  Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

He also reveals the alcoholic concoction that first graced the Claret Jug trophy in the wake of his British Open triumph

Pro 12 holders Leinster celebrate defeating Glasgow Warriors in the final last season. Photograph: Inpho

October date for Leinster’s clash with Munster at the Aviva stadium – Pro 12 fixture list for 2014-2015

 Brian O’Driscoll, Leinster leaves the pitch against Glasgow Warriors, in last season’s  Pro12 final in the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Guinness confirmed as Pro12 sponsors and fixtures announced for the 2014-2015 season

Guinness have been a long-time sponsor of the autumn international series. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Product has had a long association with rugby including Ireland’s autumn international series

Old Wesley, one of four rugby clubs to receive the maximum €200,000 grant.

Government increase funding by €9.5 million from comparable figures two years ago

Mark Anscombe: had signed a one-year extension to his contract in February that would have kept him in situ until the end of the 2014-2015 season. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Province say they are looking to recruit ‘a significant international quality figure’ for the full-time post

Mark Anscombe has left Ulster despite extending his contract as recently as February. Photograph: Inpho

Les Kiss to take over on interim basis as Anscombe leaves with immediate effect

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