Ulster coach Neil Doak: faces the reigning champions of France and Europe without long-term injured South African scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar and Irish locks Iain Henderson and Dan Touhy. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster coach Neil Doak without five key players for European Champions Cup clash against Toulon

Darragh Fanning scores one of his two tries against Wasps on Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

The Leinster winger has played every game this season and got two tries against Wasps

The 22-year-old captain, Michael Hooper is one of a number of Australia players coached by Cheika at club level. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

At Leinster the no nonsense coach helped to create a whole new playing environment

Mick O’Driscoll claims a lineout for Munster against Wasps at the Ricoh Arena in 2007. The Premiership club are hoping to attract bigger crowds to the Coventry venue. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club prepared to take a major gamble as they relocate to a new base in English midlands

Stuart McCloskey listens to Ulster head coach Neil Doak during training at Ravenhill. The young centre has been tipped by Tommy Bowe to make an impression at international level this season. Photograpgh: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Powerful young Ulster centre has made a big impression this season

“Rugby is being sold as an Olympic sport while hockey never really pushed that point home and at the high end it’s probably the biggest selling point in the marketing locker.”

Challenge of Sevens rugby a new threat to women’s game

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor: “Goode kicked all his goals and they took their opportunities to score from unstructured possession very, very well.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Coach knows his team face another substantial hurdle as Wasps visit the RDS this weekend

Leinster captain Jamie Heaslip speaking to the press at UCD, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Irish number eight sees the physical side of Londoners as main challenge for the team

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor expects all his players to take leadership roles in Sunday’s opening European Champions Cup game against Wasps. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Coach expects tough challenge from Wasps in Champions Cup opener at RDS

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