John Lacey

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Connacht’s Denis Buckley takes on the Ulster defence. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s unlikely that Ruan Pienaar will return for Ulster against Leinster on January 3rd having re-damaged the knee he injured playing for South Africa (...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki in action during the Guinness Pro12 game against the Ospreys at  Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ospreys 26 Connacht 11Connacht failed to take advantage of an Ospreys side short of nine internationals as they produced something of a Halloween shoc(...)

 Connacht’s Kieran Marmion scores the decisive  try at the Sportsground. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht 10 Leinster 9 “We are top of the league,” chanted the delirious home support in the Clan Terrace. To the delight of the vast majority of the (...)

Wasps’  Joe Simpson celebrates after scoring a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off first leg match against Stade Francais Paris at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Getty Images

Wasps 30Stade Français 29Wasps drew first blood in the race to complete next season’s European Champions Cup lineup when Andy Goode landed the(...)

Referee Luke Pearce kept control of the decision and did his job correctly in sending off Tom Court against Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next challenge for the Pro 12 is to eradicate the sloppy officiating that has become all too evident in recent months. Referees are not the proble(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien goes off having dislocated his shoulder in the second half. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster 19 Ulster 6: That Seán O’Brien required prolonged treatment on the field before hobbling off with a suspected dislocated shoulder will ove(...)

 Joe Merler of Harlequins is tackled by Samson Lee (number three) and Emyr Phillips (R) of Scarlets during the Heineken Cup match  at Twickenham Stoop. Photograph:  Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

The Scarlets tight-head prop, Samson Lee has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin today arising from t(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by Darren Cave and Paddy Jackson of Ulster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A significant win for Ulster, a sobering night for Connacht. The only Irish team without a win thus far emerged as the only Irish winners of the weeke(...)

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe: “They took the try well but two minutes into the game and we are seven points down.” Photograph: Inpho

Mark Anscombe is asked to sum up his first season as Ulster coach. “Enjoyable. Long. Enjoyable. Cold. Wet.” He went on to give Leinster due res(...)

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