‘I don’t think beating our chest and roaring and shouting will do us any favours at the weekend’ - Munster head coach   Anthony Foley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Ticket sales may not be in keeping with recent seasons. Munster, especially, are in far from confident or fluent form, and their casualty list has (...)

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 (...)

South Africa fullback Willie le Roux scored a 71st-minute try in the second Test against Wales in Nelspruit. Photograph: Luke Walker/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 31 Wales 30A late penalty try denied Wales an historic first victory over the Springboks in South Africa.Liam Williams was penalised for (...)

Jonathan Davies of Wales  tackles Willie le Roux of South Africa during the Test  at  King’s Park  in Durban, South Africa. Photograph: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 38 Wales 16: Mercurial fullback Willie le Roux had a hand in four of South Africa’s five tries as they outmuscled Wales in the first Test(...)

Ospreys’ Jeff Hassler brushes off Connacht’s Eoin Griffin on his way to scoring a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 match at the  Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Huw Evans/Inpho

Ospreys 45 Connacht 20: Centre Ashley Beck crossed for two tries as the Ospreys signed off their Pro12 season with a bonus point win over Connacht at (...)

 Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock looks dejected after the defeat by Toulon in the Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster didn’t replicate the shortcomings in performance terms of their Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat to Toulon when they rocked(...)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has been given a three-week ban. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has apologised again for his red-card in Wales after he was handed a three week-ban. The 21-year-old saw(...)

Wales captain Sam Warburton will get another match under his belt this weekend. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton and prop Gethin Jenkins are among 10 players who will be released to their regional teams for Pro12 action later th(...)

As it stands: Alun-Wyn Jones will captain Wales in their Six Nations opener against Italy on Saturday, with Sam Warburton among the replacements.

Sam Warburton could start Wales’ RBS 6 Nations opener against Italy on Saturday as he prepares to make his comeback from injury. Warburton, who has be(...)