Ahead of the start of the RaboDirect PRO12 season on September 6, we preview the fortunes of each side.
This weekend saw the semi finals of the two competitions being played. The final scores were fairly close in all but one of the matches.
The RaboDirect Pro12 ‘dream team’ for the season 2011/2012 was announced last week. There is a fair mix of representation of players from Irish, Welsh and Scottish clubs with no Italian clubs having any players in the team. On Sunday evening, in Cardiff, various awards for this season were handed out with the accolade for player of the season going to Edinburgh try scoring machine Tim Visser.