JJ Hanrahan’s start at fullback should make for interesting viewing in Newport. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

JJ Hanrahan is the latest young Irish back to road-test his ability to switch between positions when he lines out at fullback for Munster. Ostensibly(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt at  Carton House, yesterday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho 3:59

There is, perhaps above all, the desire from within the squad to back up the win over South Africa and thus ensure an autumnal clean sweep for the fi(...)

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin   Ireland vs Georgia, Stuart Olding runs in for a try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Darren Cave, Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding, have all been released by Ireland and will start for Ulster against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium tomorr(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray puts in a crosskicks which led to Tommy Bowe’s try against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As befits a player who is now 25 and has 29 caps to his name, and is entering the prime years of a career which has the capacity to make him Ireland’s(...)

 Western Province centre Pat Howard during the Currie Cup match between Western Province and Free State Cheetahs in August. Photograph: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Munster have brought in the young South African centre Pat Howard on a short-term deal as injuries continue to take their toll on the province. With K(...)

Felix Jones training ahead of Ireland’s match against South Africa at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

For a player who was a stand-out member of Ireland’s 2007 under-20 Grand Slam team and was a nailed on certainty to go to the 2011 World Cup, Felix Jo(...)

Conor Murray: “Instead of carrying into a big man it’s about stepping, finding a soft-shoulder and being a bit smarter.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Conor Murray is doing a good impression of not being too unsettled that loosehead Cian Healy and backrow Sean O’Brien won’t be playing at the weekend (...)

 Munster’s JJ Hanrahan scored seven kicks from seven in Cardiff. Photograph: Ashley Crowden / Inpho

Cardiff Blues 24 Munster 28 Munster’s Paddy Butler served up a 28-24 victory at the Cardiff Arms Park with a last-ditch try. The Blues look(...)

Former Ireland under-20 centre Rory Scannell starts at number 12 for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

  Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.15pm Sky Sports 2 Glancing ahead to the November internationals plenty can be inferred fro(...)

Munster prop forward James Cronin has been a revelation since his emergence. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

There was mixed news for a couple of the burgeoning young Munster players yesterday as loose-head James Cronin was obliged to see a specialist regardi(...)