Ireland full-back Jordan Larmour will miss the conclusion of the Six Nations and the Autumn Nations Cup after suffering a dislocated shoulder.

Larmour will undergo surgery this week, having sustained the injury in Leinster's Pro14 win at Benetton Rugby on Saturday.

The versatile 23-year-old will not be available to Andy Farrell for the Six Nations encounter with Italy at the Aviva Stadium on October 24 nor the final match of the tournament against France at Stade de France seven days later.

Larmour has also been ruled out of the internationals against Wales, England and Georgia next month.

Leinster on Monday stated that no timeframe had been put on a potential return for the influential Larmour.

Ryan Baird will be assessed this week after the lock suffered an adductor strain in the victory at the weekend.

Leinster beat Ulster 27-5 to claim a third successive Pro14 title in emphatic fashion on Saturday.

Heading into Saturday's clash in Dublin looking to extend their undefeated run, Leinster fell behind after four minutes.

James Hume ran in a fantastic opener for Ulster, who were in the hunt for their first trophy since 2005-06.

However, James Lowe quickly got Leinster on track, with any hopes of an Ulster comeback swiftly extinguished after the break.

Billy Burns' pass – which seemed to have been aimed at Marcell Coetzee – was gathered in by Robbie Henshaw, who burst over for Leinster's second, with Caelan Doris' score swinging the match firmly in the holders' favour.

It was enough to secure a 17th straight Pro14 win, with Leinster becoming the first side in the competition's history to take the title seven times and on three consecutive occasions.

With one piece of silverware secured, Leinster's focus will now switch to next weekend's Champions Cup quarter-final tie with Saracens.

Ulster staged a thrilling late comeback to deny Edinburgh and book a Pro14 final against defending champions Leinster.

Trailing by 12 heading into the closing stages at Murrayfield, the visitors scored 15 unanswered points to win 22-19 and reach their first final for seven years.

Ian Madigan – who had previously scored a clutch conversion – put a last-minute penalty through the posts after Michael Willemse was penalised for a deliberate knock-on.

That capped the fightback after tries from Rob Herring and John Andrew had hauled Ulster level.

Prior to the late drama, it appeared Ulster would fall at the last-four stage against Scottish opposition for the second straight season, having failed to get the better of Glasgow Warriors in last year's semi-finals.

Stuart McInally forced his way over to give Edinburgh a five-point half-time lead, before scores from Darcy Graham and Chris Dean extended their advantage despite an impressive try from Ulster wing Rob Lyttle.

But Edinburgh folded late in the contest and their wait to win the competition continues, having lost their only appearance in the final 11 years ago.

The dramatic match on Saturday came after Leinster defeated Munster 13-3 on Friday to remain on course for a third consecutive title and seventh overall.

Munster will face rivals Leinster in the Pro14 semi-finals on Friday after thrashing 13-man Connacht 49-12 on the final day of the regular season.

Connacht had debutant Abraham Papali'i and Shane Delahunt sent off in the first half at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, making life much easier for Munster as they sealed second place in Conference B ahead of the Scarlets.

Johann van Graan's side were already 14 points to the good courtesy of a Chris Cloete score and a penalty try when Papali'i was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Conor Murray.

Connacht were two men down when Delahunt was given his marching orders for catching CJ Stander on the neck, and Jeremy Loughman added a third try soon after.

Bundee Aki dotted down on the stroke of half-time to get Connacht on the board after Tadhg Beirne was sent to the sin bin, but Munster ran away with it after the break.

The in-form Andrew Conway grabbed a quickfire double after the impressive Beirne returned to score, and James Cronin also went over the whitewash, with JJ Hanrahan successfully converting five of the seven tries.

The Scarlets face a nervous wait to see if they qualify for the Pro14 play-offs after an impressive 41-20 win over the much-changed Dragons on Saturday kept them in contention.

In a thrilling contest at Rodney Parade, Scarlets enjoyed a significant advantage in the scrums and had Dan Jones produce a fine display at fly-half, but it was not all plain-sailing for the visitors.

Scarlets held a slender four-point advantage at the break, with Samson Lee, Steff Evans and Jamie Davies touching down, while Jared Rosser and Taine Basham scored at the other end.

But Scarlets charged ahead after the interval, with Johnny McNicholl, Tom Rogers and Dane Blacker getting in on the act, while Jones' kicks were on the money five times.

The six-try victory secured Scarlets a bonus point, which moves them second in Conference B, but they need Connacht to do them a favour against Munster on Sunday otherwise their season will be over.

In Conference A, Leinster and Ulster have already made sure of their places in the play-offs, though the latter will be concerned about their chances in the next stage after disappointing in the two teams' meeting on Saturday.

Leinster, who gave many fringe players the opportunity to impress, claimed a brilliant 28-10 win at the Aviva Stadium.

Ed Byrne's early try sent them on their way, with the boot of Ross Byrne giving them a 13-0 lead at half-time.

Ulster were a little more threatening in the second 40, with Rob Herring getting them back in contention by finishing in the 53rd minute, but Scott Penny and Harry Byrne went over late on to wrap up a superb victory.

Glasgow Warriors got revenge on Edinburgh for last week's loss as they claimed a 15-3 derby victory at Murrayfield on Friday, securing new head coach Danny Wilson a first Pro14 win.

Quality was lacking in an unspectacular contest, but the Warriors' defensive work meant two tries were enough to claim victory in their final match of the season.

Fraser Brown touched down in the first half to give Warriors a 7-3 lead at the interval, and ultimately that would have been enough for the win, as Edinburgh failed to register a single point in the second half.

Ratu Tagive got the match's second try in a real display of brilliance as he rounded off a fine move, but that was by no means a sign of things to come, as the contest again became sloppy.

Edinburgh will likely require an improvement next weekend in their Pro14 semi-final against Ulster.

South Africa international RG Snyman faces a long spell on the sidelines after Munster confirmed the Rugby World Cup-winning lock has torn his anterior-cruciate ligament.

Snyman only made his debut for the province on Saturday against Leinster and landed awkwardly having stolen a lineout in the early stages of the Pro14 fixture.

Munster have confirmed that the 25-year-old has torn his ACL and will now meet with a specialist to discuss surgery.

Snyman has won 23 caps for the Springboks and was part of the squad which won the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Southern Kings have withdrawn from all rugby competitions in 2020 amid growing financial difficulties.

The South African club made the decision at an urgent board meeting on Monday and informed players and staff the following day.

It means the Pro14 side will not compete as one of eight teams in a domestic competition planned to begin in September.

Kings chairman Andre Rademan said it was the only viable option after a failed takeover bid which left the club in the hands of South African Rugby (SA Rugby).

"Following several weeks of interrogation of the Kings' financial state of affairs we were left with a straightforward choice," said Rademan.

"We could opt to field the Kings in the domestic competitions mooted by SA Rugby for the sport's post-lockdown resumption if we so wished.

"If we did so, it would require additional loans to the Kings or extra investment from the shareholders to the tune of R6.5m, which would add to the organisation's existing substantial debt.

"However, as there was no contractual requirement for the Kings to resume short-term participation in the Guinness PRO14 competition, because of air travel restrictions, and as the Kings had no other commercial commitments to honour, the most prudent decision was to withdraw.

"This may not be a popular decision but in the current circumstances it is the right decision."

The Kings had endured a miserable Pro14 campaign, managing just one win from 13 matches. 

Ashton Hewitt salvaged a 20-20 Pro14 draw for the Dragons against the Ospreys after George North was sent off.

Wales wing North scored the opening try but saw red after only 14 minutes for taking Hewitt out in the air at the Liberty Stadium.

Yet still the Ospreys looked set to hold on for only a third victory of the season.

They led 20-15 at the break after Sam Perry also went over and Stephen Myler scored 10 points with the boot, Hewitt and Leon Brown touching down at the other end.

The Dragons could not find a way through a resolute Ospreys defence until Hewitt slid over in the corner right at the end, Sam Davies missing a chance to win it when his conversion attempt sailed wide.

Connacht got the better of Irish rivals Ulster 26-20 in their penultimate match of the regular season at the Aviva Stadium.

John Porch and Kieran Marmion finished to give Connacht a 14-6 advantage at the interval, with Bundee Aki – making his 100th appearance for the club – and Jack Aungier dotting down in the second half.

Jacob Stockdale and Nick Timoney scored the Ulster tries but they slumped to a defeat ahead of a clash with leaders Leinster before the Final Series.

JJ Hanrahan missed a vital conversion as Munster slipped to a 27-25 defeat to Conference A leaders Leinster in the Pro14.

Having trailed 17-13 at the break, Munster looked to be staring down a heavy defeat when Leinster – who are already sure of their place in the Final Series – went a further seven points clear early in the second half.

However, Devin Toner's sin-binning handed Munster the initiative, and the visitors rallied through Keith Earls' superb try.

Ross Byrne's penalty nudged Leinster further ahead, but Andrew Conway's second try appeared to have saved Munster, only for Hanrahan to send his kick narrowly wide.

Edinburgh booked their place in the Final Series with a 30-15 victory over Scottish rivals Glasgow Warriors, with Duhan van der Merwe's moment of brilliance the inspiration.

Glasgow held a slender 15-13 advantage heading into the final 20 minutes on Saturday, but Van der Merwe's superb run and offload teed up Nic Groom for his second try of the game.

Charlie Shiel's try sealed the win and Edinburgh will finish top of Conference B should they defeat the Warriors again next time out.

In the first Pro14 match back since the coronavirus-enforced hiatus, Scarlets – under the tutelage of new coach Glenn Delaney – turned on the style to run in five tries in a 32-12 hammering of Cardiff Blues in south Wales, boosting their Final Series hopes in the process.

Zebre defeated Italian rivals Benetton Treviso 17-13 in the first Pro14 game in almost six months at the Stadio Comunale Di Monigo on Friday.

The league was placed on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic after the Dragons beat Benetton on March 6, and Zebre triumphed as the long wait for rugby's return ended behind closed doors.

Tommaso Boni got the first try in the 20th minute and Jimmy Tuivaiti crossed after Paolo Garbisi reduced the deficit to four points early in the second half with Marco Lazzaroni in the sin bin following a series of infringements.

Joaquin Riera touched down a consolation for Benetton beyond the 80th minute as Zebre claimed just their third win of the season and first on the road since November.

Former Scotland captain John Barclay has announced his retirement at the age of 33. 

The back-rower won 76 caps for his country and played in three Rugby World Cups during an illustrious 16-year professional career. 

Barclay played for Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh either side of a spell with the Scarlets, winning the Pro14 title with the Welsh region in 2017. 

Edinburgh announced in April that Barclay would be leaving the club and he has now decided to hang up his boots.

Barclay told Scottishrugby.org: "After much thought I've decided to call time on my career. When you know, you know and whilst COVID-19 has left a frustrating finish, the end isn't about the fairytale. The whole story has been a fairytale. 

"The opportunity to get to do the thing I loved as a job for 16 years has provided me with enough memories to last a lifetime. 

"Whilst there are games that were particularly memorable, and undoubtedly I will miss the physical brutality of the game, what I'll miss more than anything is the camaraderie and sense of fulfilment after a game, that comes from sharing a joint goal and purpose with friends. The memories off the pitch were as remarkable as the ones on it. 

"To get capped was beyond my wildest dream as a child growing up. To be able to captain my country will be something I will be eternally proud of beyond anything else. 

"To know I will never run out at Murrayfield does leave me with a tinge of sadness, but I was a supporter before I played for the team and I will be there as the team's most fervent supporter."

Former Wales centre Jamie Roberts has returned to his homeland to join the Dragons.

The 33-year-old, capped 94 times by his country, is back on home soil after a short spell with South African side the Stormers.

Roberts, who toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013, has not played for a Welsh club since leaving Cardiff Blues to join Racing 92 seven years ago.

Dragons director of rugby Dean Ryan said: "It's great news that we are bringing someone of Jamie's quality to the region and we know he will make an immediate impact for us.

"He remains an ambitious and driven player and is looking forward to coming into our environment.

"To have his experience on the pitch will be a great addition to us, and he will also be an excellent mentor for the younger players in our squad."

The Dragons are set to resume the Pro14 season against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on August 23 after over five months on the sidelines due to the coronavirus crisis.

August 22 is the target date for the Pro14 season to resume with derby clashes, five months after the campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis. 

It was agreed at a board meeting on June 9 that the aim should be for the action to resume in two months' time. 

There are set to be two rounds of derby matches in all five territories late in August, with the final planned for September 12. 

The top two teams in Conference A and B will qualify for the semi-finals following a regular season that is to be reduced from 21 games to 15. 

Matches that were postponed before the indefinite suspension of the campaign in March will go down as 0-0 draws. 

Derby showdowns for teams in Ireland and Wales have not yet been confirmed. 

Tournament director David Jordan said: "Safety has been, and will continue to be, the highest priority as we look to activate our plans to restart the 2019/20 season.

"We are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.

"The work and diligence of our leading medical personnel at our unions, our clubs, World Rugby and key stakeholders to get us to this point has been immense.

"Operating across five territories often brings different complexities to the Pro14 but our unions have worked hard to bring proposals to their governments so we may put plans into action."

Saracens have signed Wales scrum-half Aled Davies on a three-year deal.

Davies' international career appears to be over after he opted to leave the Ospreys to join the European and Premiership champions.

The 27-year-old playmaker will not be able play for his country due to the 60-cap eligibility rule and is instead heading for the Championship after Sarries were consigned to relegation due to salary-cap breaches.

Davies said: "It's a great opportunity for me at a massive club. It's a massive honour to come here and I can't wait to get started.

"It seems like there is a good team and family ethos around the club which is very attractive for me and my family.

"I'm looking forward to putting my stamp on things and making an impact, hopefully."

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: "Aled is an experienced, talented player and we are delighted to welcome both him and his family to Saracens.

"He is driven to take his game to new levels and we are excited he has chosen to do that at Saracens."

Davies has won 20 caps for Wales, with his last appearance coming against Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup last October.

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