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Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen: ‘I would say we don’t get all the selections right, but we try to get them right.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What constitutes a successful season? A bit like beauty, it’s in the eye of the beholder. Manchester City win the domestic treble, but even then are l(...)

 Pete Horne of Glasgow Warriors catches a  kick to run through and score his team’s sixth try during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against  Ulster at Scotstoun Stadium. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow 50 Ulster 20 Hopes of an all-Irish Guinness Pro14 final next weekend final were cruelly crushed on Friday night at Scotstoun where a rampant (...)

Rob Kearney makes a break. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Rob Kearney Swashbuckling run leading to Tadhg Furlong’s try surely earns Ireland’s most decorated fullback, age 33, a dip into Leinster’s budget to (...)

 Darren Cave with Rory Best after both playing their final home game in Ulster’s Pro14 quarter-final win over Connacht at at  Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 As Connacht know as well as anyone from eviscerating Leinster by a record margin a year ago in John Muldoon’s final game, biddi(...)

Ulster’s Rory Best in action against Connacht in the  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

While last season ended with a John Muldoon-inspired farewell win over Leinster, that masked many of the wild inconsistencies throughout the season. (...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave and Rory Best leave the field after their win over Connacht at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 21 Connacht 13 The scoreline certainly doesn’t flatter Connacht, who gave it their all in a throbbing and vibrant Guinness Pro14 quarter-final(...)

Rory Best: all set for a farewell home appearance at Kingspan Stadium. Photograph: Craig Watson/Inpho

Ulster v Connacht, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Kick-off: 5.35pm. (On TV: Live on eir Sport)   This intriguing first play-off meeting between them(...)

Rory Best: has returned to training for Ulster for the quarter-final clash against Connacht. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

While Ulster remain hopeful that Rory Best will make what will be an emotional last appearance at the Kingspan Stadium, in Saturday’s PRO14 quarter-fi(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray left the pitch holding his neck ahead of the Pro14 clash with Connacht. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johann van Graan will today give a clearer update on the apparent neck injury which Conor Murray sustained in the warm-up before Munster’s Guinness Pr(...)

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