Paul O’Connell makes his first start of the Pro12 campaign against Zebre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Munster v Zebre, Thomond Park, 7.30pm: Dave Kilcoyne spoke this week about the team delivering for the fans and “turning up” on the day to win their (...)

 Paul O’Connell plays against Zebre tomorrow night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will play his first competitive game for Munster this season in their Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park t(...)

Munster’s new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Ulster at  Thomond Park, Limerick. The Munster winger will start against Glasgow on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Munster have been given a boost ahead of Friday’s RaboDirect Pro 12 semi-final away to Glasgow Warriors with winger Simon Zebo declared fit to play.Ze(...)

Denis Hurley scores Munster’s second try during the RaboDirect Pro12 game away to Edinburgh at  Meggetland. Photograph: Robert Perry/Inpho

Edinburgh 12 Munster 55: Munster took a giant step towards a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs with a comprehensive victory at Edinbur(...)

Injury has forced Niall Ronan’s hand as he  calls it a day at the age of just 31.

Munster’s Niall Ronan has been forced to retire because of injury. The 31-year-old flanker, one of just seven current squad players with over 100 caps(...)

Andrew Conway breaks clear to score Munster’s first try in the  RaboDirect Pro12 game against Connacht at  The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 23 Munster 32: Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final again(...)

Munster’s Ian Keatley: “It is hard to flick a switch but we are professionals, this is our job, we should be able to do it.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

A north Dubliner by birth, before Munster’s game away to Gloucester in January Ian Keatley was shaded by the long shadow of a Cork man. More pr(...)

Leinster bade farewell to Joe Schmidt, Johnny Sexton and Isa Nacewa with an entertainingly won double of the Rabo Pro12 and the Amlin Challenge Cup, thereby winning their sixth major trophy in six seasons and the 12th for Irish rugby in eight seasons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the minds of most Irish rugby supporters, 2013 would be instinctively deemed a non-vintage year. Certainly it was a year of missed opportunities an(...)

Gerhard van den Heever will make his home debut for Munster on the right wing against the Scarlets at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pro 12 team news: South African winger Gerhard van den Heever will make his home debut and hooker Duncan Casey will start his first competitive Munste(...)