Five Navy Blue clients were involved in the interprovincial clash between Leinster Rugby and reigning Guinness PRO12 champions Connacht Rugby at the RDS. Leinster’s Isa Nacewa again captained his side to a 24-13 victory, and 14 of these points came from his right boot. Leinster’s Noel Reid squared off against Connacht’s Craig Ronaldson, with both men wearing their team’s number 12 jersey. However Craig was forced off with injury after 19 minutes, but not before he comfortably slotted two penalties for his side. Sean O’Brien continued his run of games for Connacht with a start at blindside flanker. Hooker James Tracy came off the bench for Leinster in the final quarter, in a week where he was named in the Ireland squad for the first time.
Munster Rugby took on Ulster Rugby in the other Irish provincial derby of the weekend. Munster’s back three was made up entirely of Navy Blue clients, with Andrew Conway at full back, and Ronan O’Mahony and Darren Sweetnam on either wing. Darren did well to put Rory Scannell over for his side’s first try. Duncan Williams started the game at scrum-half for Munster in what was his 100th PRO12 appearance. Darren O’Shea was an unused replacement for Munster who managed to scrape a 15-14 win away from home.
Marty Moore started for Wasps at tighthead prop against Newcastle Falcons in their 30-6 win in the Aviva Premiership, however he was stretchered off with a neck injury in the 12th minute of the game. Marty has since been discharged from hospital after precautionary scans and is on the mend again. Get well soon Marty!
Saracen’s Mark Flanagan made his debut as a replacement second row in the final moments of his side’s 24-10 victory over Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership. Saracens lead Wasps by a point at the top of the table.
London Irish overpowered Danny Kenny and Peter Lydon’s London Scottish side with a 62-12 victory at the Scots home ground, the Athletic Ground. Peter, starting this game at fullback, managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a try as an almost instant response after the visitors had notched a try of their own. He also kicked one conversion. Danny played the full 80 minutes in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
Ealing Trailfinders held off Bedford Blues to win their fifth game in a row and move to third in the Greene King IPA Championship table. Willie Ryan played at blindside flanker as his side recorded a 24-23 win.
James Coughlan was named as captain at no.8 for Pau as they took on European heavyweights Toulouse at home in the Top 14. Toulouse proved too strong for Pau as they secured a 24-20 victory in what was an entertaining game.
Tomás O’Leary started on the bench for Montpellier against La Rochelle. His side came away with a narrow 12-11 win as they go third in the Top 14, behind only Clermont Auvergne and Toulon.
Navy Blue’s David Ryan started again at tighthead prop for Agen, as Oyonnax overcame them 21-16, in what was only Agen’s second loss of the season. However, Agen still remain top of the PRO D2 standings with nine games gone.