Leinster Rugby got off to a fantastic start in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup, as Isa Nacewa captained the side to a 33-15 bonus point win over Castres. Nacewa assumed the kicking duties in Jonathan Sexton’s absence, while Garry Ringrose and Rhys Ruddock also played starring roles. James Tracy replaced starting hooker Sean Cronin after 52 minutes, Ross Molony came on in the second row after 58 minutes and Noel Reid replaced the captain with 13 minutes remaining on the clock. 

Connacht Rugby trailed Toulouse 11-21 at half time at The Sportsground in Pool 2 of the European Champions Cup, but Craig Ronaldson played his part in an inspiring second half comeback as he converted Bundee Aki’s 66th minute try that saw the Guinness Pro12 champions complete a great 23-21 victory. Sean O’Brien replaced Eoin McKeon after 55 minutes and made his presence felt in his first outing of the season with some great ball carrying and close in work.

Munster ‘A’ fielded a strong team in their British & Irish Cup Pool 2 match against London Welsh, with Navy Blue clients Andrew Conway, Peter McCabe and Darren O’Shea starting at wing, loosehead prop and lock respectively. However, London Welsh proved too strong with a 30-15 victory at Midleton RFC.

Jerry Sexton started for London Irish in their win 25-14 against the Ospreys Premiership Select in the British & Irish Cup and will be looking forward to playing against the Connacht Eagles this weekend in the Madejski Stadium.

Peter Lydonand Danny Kenny helped London Scottish to a 26-21 victory over Cardiff Blues in their opening Pool 1 British & Irish Cup match at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday. The Scots trailed 12-21 at one stage but dug deep to secure the victory, with Lydon kicking three from four conversions.

David Ryan started Agen’s match over Bourgoin at tighthead prop in the Pro D2 in France where they secured a 21-14 victory away from home on Friday evening. This result sees Agen move to the top of the Pro D2 table.