Francis Saili, who has won two New Zealand caps, is expected to be a game breaker for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

Pool Four Munster v Benetton Treviso Thomond Park Saturday, 5.15pm Sky Sports 5 Sport often defies pre-match expectation but any deviation from a M(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

CJ Stander touches down for a try with the final play of the game as Munster beat Ospreys in their Guinness Pro 12 game  at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho

Ospreys 18 Munster 20 CJ Stander struck with the final play of the game to help Munster maintain their winning start to the Guinness Pro12 season and (...)

Secondrow John Madigan will make his senior competitive debut in their opening Guinness Pro12 match against  Benetton Treviso at Musgrave Park on Saturday. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley has handed competitive debuts to three players for Saturday’s opening Guinness Pro 12 match against Benetton Treviso at Mu(...)

Munster’s Francis Saili runs in for a try in the pre-season match against London Irish at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 21 London Irish 15 Andrew Conway sparkled for Munster with two tries, while Francis Saili ran in a brilliant first try for the province in a p(...)

Ireland’s Michael Bent is tackled by Scotland’s Grant Gilchrist during the World Cup warm-up match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo Niall Carson/PA

The Ireland management will be keeping a close eye on the performances of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Mose(...)

Munster’s Shane Monahan is tackled by  Bundee Aki of Connacht during their pre-season friendly at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: I npho

Connacht 28 Munster 12 Kieran Marmion caught the eye with a dominant 40 minutes as two first-half tries must have him back in Joe Schmidt’s Wor(...)

Hooker Mike Sherry will make his first start for Munster since November 2013 in the pre-season game against Connacht at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland international hooker Mike Sherry will make his first appearance for Munster in almost two years in Friday night’s pre-season game against Conn(...)

Simon Zebo took his try total for season to eight in first half of Saturday’s Pro12 rugby match against Treviso. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 30 Treviso 19 This will not be the first time Munster head into a key game at the business end of the season on the back of a stutteri(...)

Donnacha Ryan making his first Munster start since March 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As significant as this match is in Munster’s quest for a home semi-final, and indeed Treviso’s battle with Zebre for a place in next season’s Champio(...)