Glasgow Warriors have won their last eight games in a row, including beating Munster at Thomond Park last month. photograph: inpho

The season is going to end this weekend for a couple of teams and by the middle of next week their players are going to be sitting around wondering wh(...)

Referee Luke Pearce kept control of the decision and did his job correctly in sending off Tom Court against Leinster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next challenge for the Pro 12 is to eradicate the sloppy officiating that has become all too evident in recent months. Referees are not the proble(...)

 Mourad Boudjellal, the owner of Toulon: players like Jonny Wilkinson, Juan Smith and Carl Hayman have been key to their success.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

So, the Heineken Cup odyssey that Irish provinces began way back in 1995 ended Sunday in Marseille. Munster were the last men standing but that’s as m(...)

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne celebrates his try against Toulouse in the quarter-final. “Munster have a handful of young guys who can change everything if they grab their chance on Saturday. Dave Kilcoyne, Dave Foley, Tommy O’Donnell, Ian Keatley – these are the kind of guys who have to do it.” Photograph: Inpho

All week you will hear people talking about the job Munster have on their hands against Toulon this weekend. Somewhere along the way, you are a(...)

Leone Nakarawa of Glasgow Warriors celebrates as his team beats Munster in Pro12 clash last week. photograph: dan sheridan/inpho

If there was ever any doubt about how important the mental side of sport is, the results of the Irish teams in the Rabo over the weekend put it(...)

Referee Jerome Garces shows Jared Payne a red card after just four minutes of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Saracens at Ravenhill. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

I was coming out of the back of the stand at Ravenhill after the match on Saturday when I ran into Jerome Garces, the referee who had made such(...)

 Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor speaks to his Leinster players before last Saturday’s  RaboDirect Pro12 victory over Munster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s no doubt which of the Irish provinces has the toughest fixture this weekend. Going down to Toulon is a massive job for Leinster. (...)

Rob Penney (left) will want to end his tenure on a winning note before handing over to Munster favourite Anthony “Axel” Foley. Photograph: Inpho

When Roy Keane came in to address the Munster squad before the Sale game in 2006, he answered questions for us on numerous topics. One that has(...)

Irish players celebrate at the final whistle after clinching the Six Nations Championship with victory over France at the  Stade de France in  Paris. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Success is a strange feeling. It’s rare and it’s wonderful and you never want it to go away but it also feels a bit unnatural sometimes. You ne(...)

 Pascal Pape and Hugo Bonneval argue after yet another French pass has gone astray during the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho 3:10

In the France squad this week, there’ll be a lot of anger and a lot of frustration. Even though they have three wins and six points on the boar(...)