A South African singer performs a tribute to mark the first year death anniversary of former South African president Nelson Mandela who provided the defining image of the 1995 World Cup. Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

One of the game’s behemoths and two-time winners hosted the World Cup in 1995

Ulster head coach Neil Doak: After an impressive league win at home to Glasgow in the first game after he was appointed full time, Ulster’s performances and results have fallen off badly.  Photo: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Disappointing effort in Europe proves the scale of the task facing head coach Neil Doak

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Concussion suffered against Australia was Ireland and Racing Metro outhalf’s fourth in 12 months

The value of Munster’s bonus point courtesy of that repeat 26-19 defeat at Stade Marcel-Michelin now  looks even more pronounced. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

It’s been ten years since no Irish team has led a European Cup pool at Christmas

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana tackled by Paul O’Connell during the hosts’ 26-19 win at the Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Anthony Foley’s side scored 10 late points to keep their Champions Cup hopes alive

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont in control of Pool One after completing double at Stade Michelin

Leinster’s Jimmy Gopperth  hands the ball off to Luke Fitzgerald despite the tackle of Luke Wallace of Harlequins during last weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Pressure on the former champions for a quick riposte against Harlequins

Danny Qualter, here in action with Connacht Eagles, will make his debut for the senior side against Bayonne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pat Lam fields completely different side as domestic competition takes priority

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock: will be renewing acquaintances with Harlequins’ Dave Ward in the big clash at the Aviva. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory essential for Matt O’Connor’s men if they are to regain control of the group

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