Munster’s Andrew Conway fails to stop Bundee Aki scoring a late try forConnacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The reaction underlined the poignancy of the occasion. Connacht players who had trudged slowly, and even limped, from the pitch when substitu(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland during training yesterday at the University of Limerick ahead of Saturday’s game against Connacht. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Conor Murray is a major doubt for Munster as they prepare for Saturday’s top of the Pro12 table clash with leaders Connacht at Thomond Park. The Irela(...)

Leinster coach Leo Cullen said his team’s performance against Wasps in the European Champions Cup at the RDS was “pretty awful”. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

A week for Leinster ended the way it always seemed to have been heading. As Leo Cullen counted the frontline players that were not available – Rob (...)

 Anthony Foley’s side should pick up a bonus point against Treviso. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Champions Cup opening salvo proves there’s always a new mountain to climb even if the provinces are still paying that heavy World Cup toll. Let’s (...)

Francis Saili, who has won two New Zealand caps, is expected to be a game breaker for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

Pool Four Munster v Benetton Treviso Thomond Park Saturday, 5.15pm Sky Sports 5 Sport often defies pre-match expectation but any deviation from a M(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Munster’s head coach Anthony Foley among the attendance at the European Champions Cup & European Challenge Cup launch at The Stoop, London. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Champions Cup launch at The Stoop, home of Harlequins, resembled a quotes buffet as the captains and coaches from the relevant Guinness Pro12 and (...)

 Ulster captain Rory Best labelled Kiss as “one of the best defensive coaches in the world”. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt will struggle to replace Les Kiss, according to Rory Best, who labelled Ulster’s new rugby director as “one of the best defe(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores his side’s  fifth try of the Pro12 game against Ulster at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh said it is inevitable that any of their star players coming out of contract will be linked to moves to other clubs(...)

Munster winger Simon Zebo will start against Ulster. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s not been the most uplifting of weeks for Anthony Foley and Neil Doak as their teams prepare to do battle in the season’s first interprovincial. F(...)