Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby with Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In that typically unfussy and unstated way of his, both as player and coach, Simon Easterby has again become a hugely important figure within the Irel(...)

 Head coaches Jacques Brunel (Italy), Warren Gatland (Wales), Joe Schmidt (Ireland), Eddie Jones (England), Guy Noves (France) and Vern Cotter (Scotland) at the Six Nations launch. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt’s reasoned argument about the virtues of players committing to the provinces rather than being enticed to foreign shores carried an added (...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is attracting the interest of clubs like Toulouse while tighthead prop Marty Moore is leaving Leinster for Wasps in the English Premiership. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“I mean, let’s look at the margins that they’re losing these games by. No one’s being blown off the park.” – David Nucifora, the IRFU Performance Dire(...)

Munster line up opposite the  All Blacks  in Thomond Park in 2008. Photograph: Tim Hales/Photosport/Inpho

Someone cringed this week at the thought of Munster being a brand. More cringed at the loss of the very brand that made them great. Those ‘others’ ar(...)

Andy Farrell in action against Ireland at Croke Park in 2007. Ireland won 43-13 on an emotion-fuelled evening. But I still remember how much hassle Farrell was. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

Whoever came up with the temporary rerouting of Andy Farrell to Munster must be applauded. An educated guess leads to one man. It’s the potential sol(...)

Munster temporary consultant Andy Farrell with head coach Anthony Foley in Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having confirmed the hiring of former English and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell as a consultant, Garrett Fitzgerald, the Munster CEO, suggested tha(...)

 Andy Farrell pictured with Munster head coach Anthony Foley during squad training at UL. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster chief executive Garrett Fitzgerald has confirmed that the co-opting of Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell as a temporary consultant to the Mu(...)

Andy Farrell chases a dog away after it tried to take a ball during his first  training session with Munster. The Ireland defence coach has joined the province in a consultancy capacity. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster have confirmed that Ireland’s new defence coach Andy Farrell will join the province in a consultancy capacity with immediate effect. Farrell (...)

Former Ireland international rugby player David Wallace and Melanie Nocher, retired Olympic Swimmer, launched the Swim Ireland’s third Swim for a Mile Challenge at the National Aquatic Centre on Monday. Photograph: Inpho.

Throwing in the towel and Munster Rugby may have never been mentioned in the same breath before. But as the Irish province continues to suck up a 27-7(...)

Outhalf Owen Farrell of England is congratulated by his father, then England assistant coach Andy Farrell, after  the Six Nations match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium in  2013. Photograph: by David Rogers/Getty Images.

The former rugby league great Andy Farrell will come into Joe Schmidt’s Irish set up with the ashes of England’s World Cup bid still smouldering in th(...)