Jordi Murphy replaced Jamie Heaslip as number eight in Ireland’s first Six Nations game of the year against Italy. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The normally indestructible Jamie Heaslip has become such a part of the furniture in the Ireland camp over the last eight seasons that, well, even (...)

Roger Wilson of Ulster(above) and Billy Holland of Munster have been added to the Irish squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish management remain cautiously optimistic that Jamie Heaslip will be available to play against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Ireland’s fo(...)

Tommy O’Donnell returns to the Munster starting line up for Saturday’s Pro 12 fixture against Scarlets. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Anthony Foley has named eight changes to his Munster side for Saturday’s game away at Scarlets, with the some of the province’s international cohort r(...)

Ian Keatley and Keith Earls have been named in Munster’s team for tomorrow night’s game against Cardiff Blues. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Munster v Cardiff Blues, Musgrave Park (7.35, live on TG4)Munster will be hoping to celebrate their return to the newly refurbished Cork venue with a (...)

Ian Keatley has been named in the Munster side to play Cardiff Clues in the Pro 12 tomorrow evening. (Photograph: INPHO/Marcus Sheridan)

Ian Keatley returns to the Munster team for tomorrow’s Pro 12 fixture against Cardiff Blues at the newly developed Musgrave Park.Keatley, fresh from a(...)

Dave Foley in action for Munster in their Champions Cup clash against Sale at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Forwards Rhys Ruddock and Dave Foley both face a race against time to make Ireland’s opening Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on Saturday week(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

keith Earls has recovered from an injury sustained on Ireland duty and is in the Munster squad for the Pro 12 trip to Parma to play Zebre. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Keith Earls has been named in the Munster squad for tomorrow’s trip to Italy to play Zebre, with James Cronin also coming back into the fold.Earls inj(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw gets past JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell of Munster during the Guinness Pro 12 clash at the Sportsground.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Munster 16“Typical Sportsground weather,” ventured one of the car park attendants, and if ever there was a clichéd picture of an interpro (...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to captain Munster for their New Year’s Day clash against Connacht in Galway (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made five changes to his starting line up for the New Year’s Day trip to Galway to face Connacht, with the province’s (...)