Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

 Munster’s Ian Keatley celebrates with his family after the win over Sale Sharks. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley paid tribute to the cool head of Ian Keatley after he kicked his side to a last-gasp win over Sale in the opening match of(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander in Pro12 action against Scarlets at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Pool One: Sale Sharks v Munster AJ Bell Stadium, Saturday 1pm, Sky Sports 2 Anthony Foley is a strong enough character not to feel suffocat(...)

Sale’s Sebastien Chabal is wrapped up by Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan during the clubs’ 2006 Heineken Cup meeting. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Remember the 2006 Sale game in Limerick? The English club had beaten Munster 27-13 the previous October so a statement was needed.No better man to br(...)

 Munster’s Ian Keatley scores an intercept try for Munster’s third score against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Leinster 23 Munster 34Rumours of Munster’s demise may have proved premature. Not entirely unexpectedly, the prospect of a visit to the Aviva against t(...)

Peter O’Mahony has been included in the Munster squad for their Pro12 match against Leinster. The Munster captain has recovered  from shoulder surgery. Photograph: Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster has made three changes to the pack for Saturday’s derby in Aviva Stadium as Munster wheel in their inspirational captain and leader Peter (...)

Munster’s Gerhard van den Heever gets tackled by Aaron Jarvis and Justin Tipuric of Ospreys in their Pro12 game. Photograph: Inpho.

With the score 5-0 in Munster’s favour against Ospreys at Thomond Park last weekend, it was plain to see that had Keith Earls, Simon Zebo or Felix Jon(...)

Conor Murray: “There is a lot of talent here, a lot of good players, it’s just about clicking and getting a few things right. They’re fine margins.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster have rarely entered their customary early-season rendezvous with Leinster at such a low ebb. About the only consolation is that their hosts at(...)

Munster’s Gerhard van den Heever scores a try in the corner against Ospreys after being put in by Ian Keatley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/inpho¨

When bursting at the seams and teeming for the haute cuisine of big European occasions, it remains one of the great European venues; witness how Toulo(...)

Munster’s Sean Dougall is tackled by Rhys before Paul O’Connell and Denis Hurley arrive to give a helping hand. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 14 Ospreys 19 Tonight’s defeat, their second in four games this season, leaves Munster at sixth in the Pro12 table, a point below next (...)