Niyi Adeolokun scores Connacht’s third try despite the tackle of Munster’s  Darren Sweetnam during the Guinness Pro 12 game at The Sportsground in  Galway. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 35 Munster 14 In a season of memories and landmarks, Connacht didn’t so much complete their first ever seasonal double over Munster rivals b(...)

Connacht’s Bundee Aki tackled by Grenoble’s Nigel Hunt in the Challenge Cup quarter-final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While strolling out of the Clarion Hotel car park on Wednesday a ‘mature’ and stocky gentleman standing in front of the ticket machine, somewhat conf(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner battles with Billy Holland of Munster during the Pro12 game at the Sviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Leinster 16 Try: Sexton. Con: Sexton. Pens: Sexton 3. Munster 13 Try: J Holland. Con: J Holland. Pens: J Holland 2. Familiarity with each oth(...)

Leinster’s Rhys Ruddock tries to curtail Conor Murray at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By dint of completing their first Guinness Pro12 double over Munster since the 2012-13 season, not alone do Leinster retain the bragging rights and r(...)

Ian Keatley applauds Munster’s travelling support after his side’s bonus point win against Treviso. Photograph: Inpho

Treviso 5 Munster 28 Munster finished their European Champions Cup campaign with a flourish in a bonus-point 28-5 triumph at Benetton Treviso. Early(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

Munster’s Mike Sherry and Francis Saili grapple with  Ben Youngs of Leicester during the European  Champions Cup round four tie at Welford Road, Leicester. Photograph: Inpho

Four defeats in a row would test the nerve of any team, and Munster are no different. As they licked their wounds and boarded an early morning flight (...)

Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby, head coach Joe Schmidt and assistant coach Les Kiss at the Ireland World Cup squad announcement. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Having burned the midnight oil on Saturday night analysing the defeat to Wales, Joe Schmidt rose early on Sunday to analyse Ulster’s game in Edinbu(...)

Irish captain Sean O’Brien presents the ball during Ireland’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Saturday.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two warm-up wins with very close to 100 per cent set piece and eight tries scored (five from backs!) is a very happy return from the 34 players bloode(...)

Sean O’Brien captains Ireland in today’s Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/PA Wire

The phoney war continues, although another audition for coveted World Cup places means this is anything but phoney for the protagonists. One- time sol(...)