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IRB chief executive Brett Gosper believes the agreement over a new European club rugby tournament  averted a crisis that could have seriously damaged professional rugby’s world image. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho IRB chief Brett Gosper believes harmony in Europe will aid growth of game

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Ulster Coach Mark Anscombe at a press conference at Ravenhill on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho Mark Anscombe targets home Pro 12 semi-final for Ulster

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Munster coach Rob Penney oversees training at University of Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho Rob Penney wary of Connacht threat

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TV3 has confirmed  it won the rights to Rugby World Cup 2015. Photograph: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE  TV3 plans high-definition Rugby World Cup

Station will broadcast all 42 matches of 2015 tournament after beating RTÉ to the rights

Rabo Pro 12

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Leinster 19 14 1 4 455 312 11 69
Ulster 19 14 0 5 422 253 9 65
Munster 19 14 0 5 434 285 7 63
Glasgow 18 14 0 4 328 250 4 60
Ospreys 19 11 1 7 479 328 10 56
Scarlets 19 9 1 9 361 383 7 45
Edinburgh 18 7 0 11 325 393 7 35
Connacht 19 6 0 13 313 410 10 34
Cardiff 19 6 1 12 371 483 7 33
Dragons 19 6 1 12 339 419 5 31
Treviso 19 5 1 13 334 471 7 29
Zebre 19 3 2 14 291 465 5 21

Pool One

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Leinster 6 5 0 1 152 66 2 22
Northampton 6 4 0 2 107 104 1 17
Castres 6 2 0 4 78 104 1 9
Ospreys 6 1 0 5 75 138 1 5

Pool Two

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Toulon 6 5 0 1 170 104 4 24
Cardiff 6 3 0 3 119 148 2 14
Exeter 6 2 0 4 118 123 4 12
Glasgow 6 2 0 4 98 130 3 11

Pool Three

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Toulouse 6 5 0 1 143 63 3 23
Saracens 6 4 0 2 217 74 4 20
Connacht 6 3 0 3 101 147 1 13
Zebre 6 0 0 6 33 210 0 0

Pool Four

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Clermont 6 5 0 1 139 69 4 24
Harlequins 6 3 0 3 126 103 4 16
Scarlets 6 2 1 3 122 150 1 11
Racing Metro 6 1 1 4 66 131 1 7

Pool Five

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Ulster 6 6 0 0 179 62 2 26
Leicester 6 4 0 2 159 112 5 21
Montpellier 6 2 0 4 121 124 3 11
Treviso 6 0 0 6 41 202 0 0

Pool Six

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Munster 6 5 0 1 161 77 3 23
Gloucester 6 3 0 3 113 114 2 14
Edinburgh 6 3 0 3 104 141 0 12
Perpignan 6 1 0 5 112 158 3 7