Ruan Pienaar has represented Ulster the same amount of times that he has played for South Africa - 80 times. The knee injury that he sustained against the All Blacks in the summer has meant that he has not been able to add to his tally for either province or country in recent months. However, he says that his return to play is edging closer:
The Ireland Under-20s will begin their World Rugby Under-20 Championship campaign against Argentina in Parma next June, following confirmation of the match schedule and kick-off times for the 2015 tournament.
As the international period draws to a close, Ireland are the only PRO12 Union to record three straight wins during the autumn. Victory over Australia combined with their earlier win over South Africa maintained their third place position in the World Rugby Rankings.
Speaking after Munster's comprehensive 38-12 victory away to the Newport Gwent Dragons, and while reflecting on the bonus point win that now places his team third in the GUINNESS PRO12, head coach Anthony Foley made particular reference to a couple players.
Following Connacht's 40-point win over Zebre last Friday night, Pat Lam's squad were back in full training on Monday as they prepare for the second of three back-to-back home games with the Scarlets visiting to the Sportsground this Saturday.
Connacht's Craig Ronaldson - a Division 1A title winner with Lansdowne in 2013 - returned to Ulster Bank League action on Saturday, lining out in the number 10 jersey for Corinthians against Dublin University.
Eight years ago this week, Ireland played their last ever international at the old Lansdowne Road. The 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders completed a November clean sweep for the men in green, a feat not matched until Saturday evening.