Ireland and Montpellier scrum-half Tomas O'Leary brings his career to an end by retiring at the age of 33.
Irish Rugby Union
Fit-again Niamh Briggs will captain hosts Ireland at next month's Women's World Cup as coach Tom Tierney names a 28-woman squad.
The Italian Rugby Federation takes control of Zebre, creating a new club to compete in the Pro12 next season.
Including two South African sides is not easy to sell, but Pro12 organisers say it has to be made to work amid financial pressures, says Tom English.
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Ireland captain Niamh Briggs says the Women's Rugby World Cup hosts will "embrace and cherish" home advantage at next month's tournament.
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