Johnny Sexton has signed a contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union which will see him play rugby in Ireland up to the end of the 2020/21 season.
Leinster fans were not allowed to bring 1,500 flags into the Rec Stadium ahead of the Champions Cup clash against Bath on Saturday because it failed a health and safety test.
Brian O'Driscoll has tipped Exeter Chiefs as favourites to win the Champions Cup title this season, alongside recent winners Leinster and Saracens.
Leinster and Saracens fans were smiling this weekend as domestic honours were secured, while Castres set up a mouthwatering Top 14 final in Paris next weekend.
James Harrington runs the rule over the Aviva Premiership and PRO14 finals, plus the Top 14 semifinals, to predict which player will shine brightest, who will have an afternoon to forget and a whole lot more.
Joe Schmidt has named uncapped duo Ross Byrne and Tadhg Beirne in Ireland's squad for their summer tour of Australia next month.
Plenty was sorted out over an enthralling few days but who shone, who had a weekend to forget and what will fans be talking about ahead of a busy period of domestic action?
Following eight months of intense competition four teams are left battling for silverware in the Aviva Premiership and PRO14, while Castres, Lyon, Toulon and Toulouse target a place in the Top 14 semifinals.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen admitted the final 20 minutes of his side's Champions Cup final victory were "torturous" as he praised his players' resilience.
Rugby union displayed its best side in Bilbao over the weekend, as a 61-point thriller of a Challenge Cup final was followed by a tense, nerve-shredding Champions Cup showpiece.
Racing 92 fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled out of the Champions Cup final with a hamstring injury.
Leinster legend Brian O'Driscoll has praised the "exceptional" work Stuart Lancaster has done in helping the Irish province to the brink of a fourth European Cup success. But he does not think he will rush back into the Test arena.
Those who headed to northern Spain in search of sun this weekend look set for disappointment but those who have found a way to Bilbao should witness a fine Champions Cup final.
All eyes are on Bilbao this weekend as Leinster, Racing 92, the Cardiff Blues and Gloucester contest this season's European finals.
Dan Leavy believes Leinster must find an extra gear if they are to beat Racing 92 and secure a fourth European Cup triumph.
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.
Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has become "obsessed" with New England Patriots QB Tom Brady as he targets a place on a third British & Irish Lions tour.
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.
Leinster and Racing 92 dominate the shortlist for the EPCR European Player of the Year after both sides booked their places in the Champions Cup final.
Then there were four. Following a thrilling weekend of rugby, we now know who will contest the Champions and Challenge Cup finals.
Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton was able to look forward to a special occasion in Bilbao next month after helping the Irish province to a comfortable win over Scarlets in the Champions Cup semifinal in Dublin.
Following six months of intense continental competition the protagonists have been whittled down to just four teams in both the Champions and Challenge Cups.
Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says the choice of venue for Saturday's European Champions Cup semifinal against Leinster was "never going to bother us".
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.
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