Tommy O’Donnell rises high with Robbie Henshaw during Munster’s loss to Connacht at the Sportsground in April. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For Munster, tomorrow night’s meeting with Edinburgh constitutes the point of no return in an increasingly troubled season. With their very European C(...)

Ulster head coach Les Kiss during training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Leinster. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heading into the penultimate round of matches in the Guinness Pro12, the Ulster director of rugby, Les Kiss, described it as the toughest league campa(...)

CJ Stander takes on Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip: “We are looking forward to Friday night.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster have had two weeks to initially stew over the sound beating which Connacht meted out to them before turning their attentions to what Anthony F(...)

Ulster captain Rory Best: “I do think when we get our strongest side out we are very tough to beat.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

As ever with Ulster, Leinster loom large on their horizon as we reach the business end of the season. They have only won one of the sides’ last seven(...)

Anthony Foley’s Munster could miss out on Champions Cup qualification. Photograph: Inpho

Munster are in a right fine mess. The bald facts are the Anthony Foley-led, indigenous coaching ticket has been damaged on the back of a season which (...)

Anthony Foley will no longer be in charge of picking the team at Munster. Photograph: Inpho

The Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald yesterday confirmed that the province’s newly appointed director of rugby, Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus, will supersede e(...)

The arrival of Johan Erasmus spells the end for Anthony Foley’s coaching ticket. Photograph: Getty

No matter what way you interpreted it, yesterday marked the end of an indigenous Munster coaching ticket which assuredly gave it their all but came u(...)

Hands on: Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall does not sit “up in his office, looking through the window. He has his track suit on and is very hands on,” according to Peter Stringer. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

There may be no Irish teams in European rugby’s semi-final weekend. There aren’t even that many Irish players, but there are quite a few Irish coaches(...)

Ronan O’Gara of Racing 92: “I think where we are, and the fact that we have beaten Toulon, has given us massive momentum and confidence.” Photograph: Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in nine seasons, Irish rugby is on the outside looking in at the European Champions Cup on semi-final weekend. Even in that 2006-07(...)

The Sportsground has turned away Connacht supporters two weeks running.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The atmosphere at the Sportsground is like never before. The old dog track is rocking to the sound of the Connacht faithful roaring on their team to (...)