Ulster outhalf Ian Humphreys says province are determined to win the block of four matches during the Six Nations. Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster initially suffered the January blues. They lost a Guinness Pro12 match to Leinster and then, despite a defiant and gutsy four-try salvo against(...)

 Johnny Sexton temporarily leaves the field with a blood injury against France in the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jonathan Sexton will play for Racing Metro 92 in their Top14 clash with Clermont Auvergne on Saturday night. Despite sporting six stitches in a gash o(...)

Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci has been picked in France’s preliminary Six Nations squad. (Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Uncapped Clermont Auvergne winger Noa Nakaitaci saw the World Cup door swing invitingly open on Thursday as Philippe Saint-Andre beckoned him into the(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander on the attack against Clermont Auvergne in Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster on many, many occasions have turned seemingly hopeless situations into heroic, unfathomable victories.With Ronan O’Gara on board, even this gr(...)

By Tuesday evening Conor Murray at least had the consolation of no longer having to look directly at the footage of Munster’s European Champions Cup (...)

Munster’s Billy Holland wins a lineout in the Guinness Pro12  game against Ulster at Thomond Park, where the north and south terrace was closed. Photograph:    Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Perception is, perhaps, everything. Coming hard on the heels of defeats to Glasgow and a second-string Ulster at the tail end of last season were l(...)

Former All Black and Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes, now  in the first year of a two-year contract as Clermont forwards coach. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes said there is no danger of Clermont Auvergne underestimating the task they face when they come to Thomond P(...)

 Saracens hooker Schalk Brits will not return until “well into the new year” after sustaining a knee ligament injury, the club have announced.Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Saracens hooker Schalk Brits will not return until “well into the new year” after sustaining a knee ligament injury. Brits came off early in the seco(...)

 A close-up of the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Munster will be the first of the Irish provinces into action on Saturday, December 6th, when they host Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park (5.30) follow(...)

Ireland, Co Galway: Matt O’Sullivan  €700,000

Matt O’Sullivan Estate Agent is seeking €700,000 for this seven-bed bungalow in Clifden, Co Galway. We seek similarly-priced properties in France, Spa(...)