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Mike Ruddock will leave Lansdowne and take charge of the Ospreys on an interim basis. Photograph: Ben Whitley/Inpho

The former Leinster and Wales Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock is to end his long and successful association with Lansdowne and Irish rugby, at l(...)

 Saracens’ celebrate with the trophy after beating Leinster in last year’s final. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Pool 1 Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Captain: Johnny Sexton. Last season: Runners-up. How they qualified: Pro 14 champions. Key man: Sexton is the(...)

Munster’s James Cronin scores his side’s first try during the Guinness Pro 14 game against  the Ospreys. photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Munster 28 Ospreys 12 Munster bounced back from their loss to the Cheetahs in South Africa to chalk up their third win of the Pro 14 campaign with a (...)

Rob Herring in training. ‘One of the things I’ve noticed is that where we are now and where we were last season is chalk and cheese,’ he says.

Pro14: Ulster v Ospreys Kick-off: 7.35pm. Venue: Kingspan stadium. On TV: Live on Eir Sport. Ireland captain Rory Best will retire after t(...)

Ospreys’ Luke Morgan beats Tom Prydie of Scarlets to score a try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the Liberty Stadium in December. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Welsh rugby is set for its most radical overhaul since 2003 with the country’s two most successful professional sides – Ospreys and Scarlets – poised (...)

Tom Farrell and Stephen Fitzgerald with teammates at  Connacht’s squad training session at  Sportsground, Galway. Photograph: James Crisbie/Inpho

Three points separate the combatants in Conference A so the implications are significant for the team that manages to eke out a victory in Galway. M(...)

Jack O’Donoghue at Munster squad training in Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ospreys v Munster, Liberty stadium, 7.35pm, live on TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sports Jack O’Donoghue makes a welcome return to the Munster match-day 23(...)

Iain Henderson: has recovered from a finger injury sustained during the victory over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ospreys v Ulster, Brewery Field (7.35, live on Premier Sports) Iain Henderson’s impressive recuperative powers remain undimmed as his return to fitne(...)

Bundee Aki starts in the Connacht midfield for Friday’s trip to play the Ospreys in Bridgend. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Ospreys v Connacht, Brewery Field, Bridgend (8.05pm, Live on TG4, Premier Sports) Connacht coach Andy Friend has included the province’s four represe(...)

 Bundee Aki during training at the Sportsground ahead of Connacht’s clash with Ospreys in the Pro14. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Connacht plan on bringing in their heavy hitters for this week’s return to Pro14 action in what is shaping up to be a “season shaper”. With little be(...)

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