“If we start thinking about different things and getting distracted, getting emotional, then that’s a negative,” said Munster coach Anthony Foley. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Competing in their first final for four seasons, it’s odd to think that Munster are in relatively uncharted territory of late. There are a myriad of p(...)

Cian Kelleher of Lansdowne (right). He and Clontarf’s Collie O’Shae are named on the squad to take on Barbarians on Thursday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

The overlap in the rugby lives of Cian Kelleher and Collie O’Shea represent a curious collision of circumstances over the past several weeks. The two (...)

Paul O’Connell with Conor Murray: the scrum-half remains is awaiting the results of a scan into his medial cruciate ligament injury, which he picked up in Munster’s 21-18 victory over the Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Conor Murray remains Munster’s biggest concern ahead of next Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 final and seasonal climax in the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.The(...)

 Paddy Butler scores Munster’s  third try in the Guinness Pro 12 play-off at  Thomond Park. Photo:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Ospreys 18 Wild celebrations yes, but relief wasn’t the half of it as Munster nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before then s(...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to the Munster side for their Pro 12 play-off semi-final against the Ospreys. Photogrpah: Inpho

Captain Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo both return to the Munster side for their Pro 12 semi final against Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. O’Mahon(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley appeared to have no luck at all in the early stages of the season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s been a tough first season for Anthony Foley and his newly assembled, indigenous coaching ticket. The leaked email intended for the management whi(...)

Anthony Foley’s Munster have recovered well from Champions Cup disappointment. Photograph: Inpho

It may not be the fortress of old but Anthony Foley will gladly take Thomond Park and all it brings on Saturday. He projects that wise, calm Munster (...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell scores a try during the  Guinness Pro 12 game against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 50 Dragons 27 As Super Saturdays go, this wasn’t quite on the scale of the Six Nations finale, although of all the final day games of t(...)

Ian Ketley is set to win his 100th cap for Munster this weekend when they take on Newport-Gwent-Dragons. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ian Keatley will win his 100th cap for Munster when the province lines out for their Pro 12 clash against Newport-Gwent-Dragons at Musgrave Park to(...)

Paddy Jackson is congratulated by his Ulster team mates after his conversion gave the hosts a 23-23 draw with Munster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 23 Munster 23 Regrets, they’ll both have a few - Munster at letting a seven-point lead slip away after the 80 minute mark, and Ulster at(...)