With the latest signings from the southern hemisphere Super Rugby tournament announced last weekend, the italian franchise of Zebre Rugby has completed the 2014/15 squad for the third PRO12 campaign of its history. With 12 new player additions for the upcoming season, the white & black roster will be formed by 39 players; 22 of them with at least one international cap and other young players who, thanks to the high level of the european international competitions, can aspire to become future Italian internationals as happened during Italy's tour last June in the southern pacific with Chistolini, De Marchi and Palazzani gaining their first caps.
The Leinster Academy panel for 2014/15 has been announced. Six Leinster Academy graduates have received professional contracts from the province and will be part of the senior team squad for the new season.
The Scarlets have agreed to release their Head Coach Simon Easterby to support him in taking up a role with Ireland's international coaching set-up next season and further his development and experience of top flight coaching and management.