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Franco Smith is the new interim head coach in Italy. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy have announced former South Africa international Franco Smith as interim head coach for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. Smith replaces former H(...)

Connacht’s Kieran Marmion: he  has been linked with a move to Saracens.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Connacht v Cheetahs, Sportsground (5.15, live on TG4, Premier Sports) Injuries to fullback Tiernan O’Halloran and prop Paddy McAllister, both of w(...)

 Munster’s Jeremy Loughman in action against the Dragons last month at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cheetahs v Munster, Toyota stadium, Friday, 5.15pm Irish time - Live on Eir Sport, Premier Sports The magnitude of the task facing Munster can be gle(...)

  Conor O’Shea: “I will be continuing with Italy after the World Cup.”

Reports suggesting that Conor O’Shea will be replaced as Italian head coach in January next year are premature, with the former Irish fullback set to (...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell runs in a try. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 38 Cheetahs 0 Ireland international Joey Carbery made his Munster debut off the bench as the province kicked off their Guinness Pro14 campai(...)

 South African coach Allister Coetzee, seen here talking to Springbok captain   Adriaan Strauss after the third Test against Ireland last summer, has been retained as coach following a review process.  Photograph: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa have retained beleaguered head coach Allister Coetzee following a review of the worst season in the country’s Test history in 2016, SA R(...)

Ulster’s Andrew Trimble scores against Treviso last weekend.

For the first time in his season and a half in charge of Ulster, Mark Anscombe has named an unchanged 23 for two consecutive matches, and he will b(...)

Sean Doyle dives over for a try against Treviso at Ravenhill on his first Heineken Cup start.  Photograph: Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye.

Despite the seven try haul and the difference in class between Treviso and Ulster, coach Mark Anscombe will be guarded when Ulster travel to Italy nex(...)

Connacht’s Fetu’u Vainikolo runs with the ball. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Eric Elwood will take his Connacht team abroad for a final time before he steps down as coach at the end of the season. The province’s f(...)