Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway in aerial battle during the sides’ last Pro12 league meeting in December, which Leinster won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve had bigger games. They’ve had bigger crowds. But Leinster and Munster have rarely encountered each other in such acute need for league points.(...)

Munster’s James Cronin scores the bonus point try in their Pro12 win over Newport Gwent Dragons. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 26 Newport Gwent Dragons 5 Dave Kilcoyne and his replacement James Cronin combined for three tries as Munster ran out 26-5 bonus-point winn(...)

Dave O’Callaghan: returns at openside flanker for Munster against Ospreys. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For both sides it’s a matter of who can patch up better. Munster have five on international duty while Ospreys have eight. In that pre-game match up (...)

Backrow Robin Copeland has signed a new deal with Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Munster have announced Robin Copeland and Dave O’Callaghan have signed two-year contract extensions, keeping them at Thomond Park until June 2018. Th(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “I’m more concerned around getting a result at the weekend; I’m not looking after my own interests here.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anthony Foley’s Christmas wish is for Munster to beat Leinster in their Guinness Pro12 clash at Thomond Park next Sunday (5.15pm) over and above any (...)

Leicester Tigers’ Fraser Balmain and Munster’s Dave Foley and Mark Chisholm during the European Champions Cup, Pool Four match at Welford Road, Leicester.

Leicester 17 Munster 6 Another one that got away. As in the first meeting a week ago, Munster will reflect on how much of the game they had, and how, (...)

A dejected Tomas O’Leary after the final whistle as Munster suffer a frustrating defeat at the hands of Leicester Tigers Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 19 Leicester Tigers 31 Confirmation of an unmistakable trend. Leicester, lacking the power of a Saracens pack or the razor slicing London Was(...)

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 (...)