JJ Hanrahan: Munster are keen to ensure he remains with his native province. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The odds on Munster fending off Northampton’s very real interest in acquiring JJ Hanrahan have increased over the last 48 hours in tandem with what h(...)

JJ Hanrahan is believed to be frustrated with his lack of progress at Munster.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

JJ Hanrahan is on the verge of leaving his native Munster and joining Northampton next season. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal with th(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony: his side is seeking its 100th win in European rugby when Clermont visit Thomond Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Playing all their home games this season at Thomond Park while Musgrave Park is being redeveloped is one thing. Being compelled to play five of the si(...)

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring his side’s first goal in the 2-1 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford last night
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 3, 2014, 08:27

RIP Hughsey In the early hours the funeral of Phillip Hughes took place in his hometown of Macksville, New South Wales. More than a thousan(...)

Simon Zebo goes over to score one of six Irish tries against Georgia. Ireland took advantage of Georgia’s ill-discipline in the second half. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA 5:37

By half-time, Ireland had forced twice as many tackles from Georgia than they themselves made. In making 78, Georgia missed 10 but the score stood at (...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

 BJ Bothain Munster line-up to face Saracens on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made just two changes to the side the narrowly beat Sale Sharks last weekend, ahead of Friday’s meeting with Saracens (...)

Ian Keatley kicks Munster’s match-winning drop goal against Sale in the first round of the European Champions Cup on Saturday at the AJ Bell stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sitting in the team hotel ahead of their European Rugby Champions Cup clash with the Northampton Saints, Ronan O’Gara commandeered an iPad belonging t(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Robin Copeland compete during the recent Guinness Pro12 clash. The stakes will be raised this weekend as the two sides face English teams in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

New name, new organisers, new format, new TV deals, new trophies ... but essentially it’s still the European Cup. The European Champions Cup may have (...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)