Ian Davies

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Connacht’s Bundee Aki: switches to outside centre for clash with Zebre. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Zebre v Connacht. Stadio Lanfranchi, 5:05pm (Irish time) There is a touch of second season syndrome affecting last season’s champions Connacht. While(...)

Cardiff Blues’ Dan Fish scores a late  try against Munster in the Guiness Pro 12 game at Musgrave Park. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 23 Cardiff Blues 24 Munster fell to their first loss of the Pro 12 season as tries from Andrew Conway and Dave Kilcoyne could not deny Cardif(...)

Alex Wootton carries Conor Murray on his back during Munster squad training at University of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster v Cardiff Blues, Musgrave Park, TG4, BBC Wales, Friday, 7.25pm The influence of new head coach Rassie Erasmus has had an immediate impact, (...)

Glasgow Warriors players celebrate after  Tim Swinson scores the bonus point try in the Guinness Pro 12 game against Connacht at The Sportsground. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 5 Glasgow Warriors 41 A summer, such as it’s been, is a long time in rugby. In Connacht’s first game as reigning Guinness Pro 12 champions, (...)

Jamie Heaslip and Jack McGrath at Leinster squad training. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Guinness Pro12 final Leinster v Connacht BT Murrayfield, Saturday, 5.30pm Sky Sports 3 HD and TG4 The most memorable end-of-season run-in to the(...)

Connacht coach Pat Lam: “Going into play-off rugby, we couldn’t ask for a better challenge than playing the defending champions.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht v Glasgow, Sportsground, Saturday, 3.0pm (Live TG4) This could be fun, as well as full-on and interesting. The table suggests they’re the (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Edinburgh. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 27 Edinburgh 19 The faithful turned up and Munster’s bravery was rewarded. Playing with more ambition and cutting edge, Munster were full val(...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway in aerial battle during the sides’ last Pro12 league meeting in December, which Leinster won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve had bigger games. They’ve had bigger crowds. But Leinster and Munster have rarely encountered each other in such acute need for league points.(...)

 Tommy O’Donnell leads a Munster break in the Guinness Pro 12 game against  Benetton Treviso at Stadio Monigo. Photograph: Laszlo Rinaldi/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 13 Munster 16 Ian Keatley kicked Munster to a deserved and hard fought victory in northern Italy, but there is still plenty to work(...)

Ulster’s Darren Cave searching for space between Simone Ferrari and Tom Palmer of Treviso during the Guinness Pro 12 game at Stadio Comunale Monigo in Treviso. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Benetton Treviso 13 Ulster 32 Ulster coach Les Kiss saw his side put in another big second-half performance as they secured a bonus-point win over Tr(...)

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