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 Benetton’s Tommaso Iannone in action during his side’s win over  Leinster at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The rugby education process is relatively simple. Absorb the lessons in defeat or risk a similar outcome by repeating without revision. While defeat (...)

 Southern Kings’s Berton Klaasen (right) has played the  most minutes of any player in the Pro14 to date with a lung bursting, 1,410. Photograph: Inpho

Berton Klaasen is a 28-year-old South Africa-born centre who plays for the Southern Kings rugby franchise in the Guinness Pro14. He is the alpha male (...)

Tiernan O’Halloran: returns to the Connacht side for the game against Benetton  Treviso. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Benetton v Connacht, Stadio Comunale di Monigo (12.0, Irish time) In theory there isn’t a better time for Connacht to be making a trip to Treviso giv(...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “We’ve got to go and win at the weekend and it’s going to be massively difficult because they’re  such a good side.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s never been a European Champions Cup pool finale quite like it, not even in the competition’s Heineken Cup guise. All told, 50 matches have be(...)

Naas’s Main Street. The town, which has a population of 20,000-plus, retains a village vibe despite its size and range of facilities. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all Dublin’s commuter towns, Naas is one of the best thanks to its location and services. And with both of those qualities, it’s no surprise the to(...)

Ulster centre Luke Marshall has been ruled out with an Achilles issue and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye/Inpho

Even though they haven’t played since just about getting past Southern Kings at the start of the month, Ulster are now returning to Pro14 action weigh(...)

Leinster’s Jack Conan on the attack against the Southern Kings at a sparsely populated Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Ryan Wilkisky/Inpho

This column is predicated on information that could be classified under the term “white lies” in terms of offering a skewed perspective on the subject(...)

Les Kiss has made five  changes to his Ulster XV for Saturday’s trip to Italy. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho

Benetton Rugby v Ulster, Stadio Monigo, Saturday September 9th (5.05ko) Les Kiss has made five changes to his Ulster side for Saturday’s trip to play(...)

 Iain Henderson (Ulster), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 season at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From a Pro14 press release: “It promises to be a sensational season . . . ” Guinness and Sky Sports certainly hope so. The good folk behind Europe’s (...)

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