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Tadhg Beirne lines out during the “A” Interprovincial against the Connacht Eagles at Thomond Park in  Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Munster’s opening game of the Guinness Pro14 2020-21 season at Parc y Scarlets will be a novel one for Tadhg Beirne. He played 56 times for the Scarle(...)

Scarlets have detailed the timeline which led to the latest announcement on the proposed merger being off. Photograph: Athena Pictures/Getty Images

The Scarlets and the Ospreys have both opened talks with their players who are out of contract at the end of the season after the proposed merger betw(...)

 Ulster head coach Dan McFarland: “For us attack is a good form of defence.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

It looks rather ominous already as Ulster prepare to open their back-to-back rounds in the Champions Cup, on Friday night, at the regularly unforgivin(...)

Louis Ludik: returns to the Ulster starting line-up for the first time since May. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Scarlets v Ulster, Parc y Scarlets, Friday, 7.35pm (Eir Sport) A depleted Ulster – minus eight players away with Ireland – return to Pro14 action on (...)

The Australian international Henry Speight during   Ulster’s  captain’s run at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

One suspects Ulster can’t wait to get this opening match done and put last season behind. Their first chance to put a poisonous year in the rearview m(...)

 James Lowe’s brilliant offload to Jack Conan set up their  crucial try against Munster  in  the Pro14 semi-final at the RDS.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The big fish doesn’t always get the smaller one. But the fast fish will always get the slower one. With this in mind, the fact that Leinster underst(...)

Craig Gilroy scores a try for Ulster during the province’s Guinness Pro14 European Champions Cup playoff match against Ospreys at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster salvaged a troubled and largely forgettable season by securing the Guinness Pro14’s seventh and last place in next season’s European Champions(...)

 Conor Murray and a kicking game will only provide Munster with so many opportunities. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

There’s a certain irony in this weekend’s fixtures that only two sides across the Guinness Pro14 won 15 games in the regular season – both Scottish. T(...)

The Leinster Rugby Squad at training in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/ INPHO

I love Bruce Springsteen. “The Boss”, as Springsteen is universally known, has woven his poetry of love, heartbreak, tragedy, joy, sacrifice, justice,(...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour in action with  Ryan Elias of Scarlets in February 2018. Photograph: Byran Keane/Inpho

Coaching is an alchemy of sports science and art. In the 25 years I have been coaching senior rugby, the science of coaching has improved but the art (...)

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