Munster have announced that current squad captain Doug Howlett will retire from professional rugby at the end of this season.
Rory Best admitted the closing stages of Ulster's Pro12 semifinal win over the Scarlets left a bitter taste in the mouth.
Scarlets coach Simon Easterby admitted a lack of discipline had cost his side dear as they fell at the penultimate hurdle in the Pro12 away at Ulster.
Stuart Hogg's late missed conversion proved costly for Glasgow Warriors as they were denied a first PRO12 final by Leinster who won 17-15.
Ulster romped into their first-ever Pro12 Final thanks to a display full of power and poise at Ravenhill, putting the Scarlets to the sword with a 28-17 victory.
After 132 games over 22 rounds just four of the 12 participating teams now go forward to the knock-out phase of the Pro12 competition.
The Scarlets will bid farewell to two back row players in their squad at the end of the season as they take up new challenges in their careers.
There are semifinals in England, Italy, France and the Celtic clubs who make up Pro D2. It's a time of ambition when intensity heightens.
Ulster's Kiwi fullback Jared Payne has signed a new three-year deal with the club that will see him remain at Ravenhill until at least 2016.
Leinster Rugby have announced the appointment of the 42-year-old former Wallaby Matt O’Connor as Head Coach on a three-year deal.