Suttonians’ Brian Amerlynck in action against Instonians during the AIL Div 2B match last Saturday.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Suttonians Brian ‘Bru’ Amerlynck’s coming out is a positive development for Irish rugby

Leinster’s Seán Cronin charges over for  a try in last night’s game at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Province have bonus point in the bag after little over 25 minutes against Italian side

Derval O’Rourke with her silver medal from the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg. O’Rourke is in line to claim another medal retrospectively from the 2013 Indoor European Championships, also in Gothenburg. She finished fourth in the final but race winner Nevin Yanit subsequently tested positive. Photograph: David Sleator

The Irish Sports Council aiding the fight against athletes who are prepared to cheat

 James McGee celebrates after winning his match against  Egyptian number one Mohamed Safwat at Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Irish number one defeats Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat in straight sets

 Jared Payne is given a  red card by referee Jerome Garces as Johann Muller looks on. Photograph: Inpho

‘ I think he penalised the injury instead of the actual action’

Ulster’sTommy Bowe: “Everybody told me with your groin you can come back and hurt it and then you’re out for the season. But I knew there was still a huge amount of the current season and obviously it’s now Saracens.” Photograph: Inpho

Ulster winger keen to put injuries in past and drive province to Heineken Cup semi-final

Monkstown, having beaten Banbridge 4-1 last week, will probably go into the tournament as favourites

Andrew Trimble scores a try against Benetton Treviso at Ravenhill, one of two the winger has scored for Ulster thus far in this year’s Heineken Cup campaign. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

The winger has had a new lease of live under new Ireland coach Joe Schmidt

Ulster backrow Chris Henry brings home the spoils after Ireland’s Six  Nations triumph last month. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Lacklustre performance against Cardiff last week does not dampen Ulster backrow’s optimism

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Rabo Pro 12

Team P W D L F A BP Pts
Leinster 20 15 1 4 517 319 12 74
Munster 20 15 0 5 466 308 8 68
Ulster 20 14 0 6 431 270 9 65
Glasgow 19 15 0 4 355 259 4 64
Ospreys 20 12 1 7 499 338 10 60
Scarlets 20 9 1 10 374 400 8 46
Cardiff 20 7 1 12 388 496 7 37
Edinburgh 19 7 0 12 338 419 7 35
Connacht 20 6 0 14 336 442 10 34
Dragons 20 6 1 13 349 439 5 31
Treviso 20 5 1 14 341 533 7 29
Zebre 20 4 2 14 317 478 5 25

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