Prop John Ryan has signed a new three-year deal at Munster and will start away to Treviso on Sunday. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Prop John Ryan and lock Donnacha Ryan come into the Munster pack as head coach Anthony Foley makes two changes from the side that beat Stade Francais (...)

Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has made three changes to his side to play Stade Francais at Thomond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

A curious quirk of the ill-judged fixture planning for the penultimate round of pool games in the two European competitions is that all four Irish sid(...)

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne during training at  UL. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

As dead rubbers go, Munster are desperately looking for some life in their European Champions Cup campaign. Saturday’s return meeting with the French(...)

Simon Zebo may be the next Munster player to go and ply his trade elsewhere. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

According to the IRFU’s High Performance Director, David Nucifora, the Irish provinces are not under-performing. In his pre-Christmas briefing at the(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

On their knees: Francis Saili of Munster and Nick Williams of Ulster pray at the end of their Pro12 clash in the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ulster 7 Munster 9 Few had reckoned on this outcome, although Ulster coach Les Kiss had been airing his concerns of a Munster backlash prior to what (...)

Ian Keatley: gets a chance to reaffirm his role as the starting outhalf for Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are so many elements of Munster’s game that need improving but more than anything the home-grown players need to start performing for Anthony Fo(...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell in action against  Cian Healy of Leinster at Thomond Park last Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster supporters have had very little to cheer about this Christmas but one moment which lifted the gloom was the sight of Tommy O’Donnell running (...)

Garry Ringrose: showed his undoubted quality in the win over  Munster at Thomond Park and has been tipped for stardom by the legendary Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Garry (Ringrose) was there and the space was there and he took off, it’s a simple enough one for me.” If only everyone saw rugby and could play the (...)

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose makes the break for Isa Nacewa’s early try in the Guinness Pro12 game at Thomond park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

We will get to the enduring brilliance of Seánie O’Brien but this story must begin at the weaving feet of Garry Ringrose. Andrew Conway might have (...)