Joe Schmidt has named uncapped duo Ross Byrne and Tadhg Beirne in Ireland's squad for their summer tour of Australia next month.
Following a sun-drenched Saturday of action we now know the make-up of the playoff picture in France and the PRO14 and Aviva Premiership semifinal lineups.
The PRO14 playoffs are now confirmed and with the Aviva Premiership and French Top 14 facing a dramatic finish next weekend, there is still much to play for with playoff places up for grabs and team eager to book a place in next season's Champions Cup.
It is all about the playoffs as the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and Top 14 edged even closer to the finish flag. The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup may take centre stage this week but there is still plenty at stake after the latest round of games.
It is now or never for many teams across European rugby's domestic competitions as teams battle it out for relegation and playoff positions in the Aviva Premiership, PRO14 and the French Top 14.
Following a thrilling weekend of knockout European rugby we have a much clearer idea who will lift the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Gloucester survived a frantic finish to end Connacht's unbeaten run in the European Challenge Cup with a 33-28 quarterfinal win at the Sportsground.
ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across all of the quarterfinals.
After a weekend of rugby that required all your fingers, toes and a calculator, the quarterfinal line-ups in both the Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup have been finalised.
Connacht booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup after a 24-24 draw with Worcester.
Winger Ollie Thorley ran in four tries as Gloucester coasted to a 69-12 European Challenge Cup Pool 3 victory over winless Zebre.
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has included Connacht's newly Irish-qualified centre Bundee Aki, while dropping Simon Zebo for autumn internationals against Argentina, Fiji and South Africa.
South African franchise the Cheetahs will get their first taste of PRO14 action on Friday, Sept. 1 as they take on Ulster at Kingspan Stadium.
It is not difficult to see why Celtic Rugby would jump at the chance to breath new life into the rebranded PRO14. But the organisers face issues as they attempt to make the expansion work.
Connacht and the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) have announced the signing of NSW Waratahs fly-half Andrew Deegan.
Connacht Rugby have released South African fly-half Marnitz Boshoff from his contract.
Tuesday brought official confirmation that South African sides the Cheetahs and Southern Kings would, as expected, join an expanded PRO14 competition. But what will the new championship look like?
Northampton kept alive their hopes of playing in the European Champions Cup next season with a hard-fought 21-15 victory over Connacht in the second play-off at Franklin's Gardens.
Northampton Saints and Connacht have released their starting teams for Saturday's Champions Cup playoff semifinal at Franklin's Gardens.
Connacht have appointed Chiefs assistant Kieran Keane as their new head coaching, replacing Bristol-bound Pat Lam at the end of the season.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam has hit back at All Blacks coach Steve Hansen's comments referring to the former Blues and and Auckland coach as an "ex New Zealander".
Connacht coach Pat Lam was left frustrated as his side fell agonisingly short of a Champions Cup quarter-final berth.
Dai Young has stressed a need for Wasps to "hit the ground running" when they chase a European Champions Cup quarter-final place on Sunday.
Connacht may miss out, Exeter could still sneak in - it's all to play for heading into the final round of the Champions Cup writes Nick Bewley.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam believes a quarter-final spot is now in his team's hands after they kept their Champions Cup hopes alive with Zebre win.
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- CONN10thTRIES SCORED 1st Clermont Auvergne : 44 Tries ScoredCLER1st1944
- CONN9thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Clermont Auvergne : 187 Points DifferenceCLER1st26187