Pau’s new signing James Coughlan: “We both kind of said ‘if we don’t go now, we’ll never go’.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Upwards of 60 Irish players in English and French leagues

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Matt O’Connor’s side lacking in imagination and creativity at the Sportsground

Connacht have retained 22-year-old Jack Rugby at outhalf for the visit of Leinster at the Sportsground. Photograph: Inpho.

Western province come in on good form but Leinster’s record doesn’t bode well for hosts

“All things being equal, Schmidt would pitch up against France on October 11th with a team closely resembling the starting XV that kicked off the Six Nations-clinching win in Paris.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

Results against France look likely to define manager Joe Schmidt’s reign

 Anthony Foley: ill-timed and unwanted episode for Anthony Foley and his newly assembled, indigenous coaching staff. Photograph: James Crombie

Comments by coaching staff hightlight the view that this is not a golden era

Ulster look likely to name their former scrumhalf Neil Doak as head coach on a full-time basis.Photograph: Inpho

Former scrumhalf set to land lead role with province on full-time basis

Graduating from the academy: Furlong proved his mettle in the 2012 World Cup in South Africa where he played in all 10 games. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Wexford may have put a hurl in his hand but nature made him a tighthead

Ulster’s Stuart Olding makes a break during the province’s Pro12 draw with Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets, Wales, last Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster all-rounder sets targets after recovering from anterior cruciate ligament injury

 Andy Irvine: regarded as a contender for the role of EPCR independent chairman or president. Photograph: Getty Images

European Professional Club Rugby aim to announce deal by end of this week or next week

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