Munster hammered Sale Sharked 65-10 in their final Champions Cup group game but were already out of the competition. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley admitted his side’s 65-10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt “bittersweet” as their hopes of making the European (...)

Simon Zebo scored twice in a man of the match performance as Munster thrashed Sale Sharks 65 10 at Thomond Park. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Munster 65 Sale Sharks 10Munster scored a staggering 52 points in the second half to transform a largely mundane and patchy performance in the first 4(...)

 Munster head coach Anthony Foley after the 33-10 Champions Cup defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

A downbeat Anthony Foley could scarcely conceal his acute disappointment over Munster’s emphatic exit from the Champions Cup, thanks to a 33-10 defea(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Jim Hamilton and Brad Barritt of Saracens at Thomond Park last October.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

They don’t hand out winners medals in January but there will be a few losers medals this weekend. The stark reality for the Irish provinces on the pen(...)

keith Earls has recovered from an injury sustained on Ireland duty and is in the Munster squad for the Pro 12 trip to Parma to play Zebre. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Keith Earls has been named in the Munster squad for tomorrow’s trip to Italy to play Zebre, with James Cronin also coming back into the fold.Earls inj(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw gets past JJ Hanrahan, Ian Keatley and Tommy O’Donnell of Munster during the Guinness Pro 12 clash at the Sportsground.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht 24 Munster 16“Typical Sportsground weather,” ventured one of the car park attendants, and if ever there was a clichéd picture of an interpro (...)

Munster’s Dave O’Callaghan scores his side’s third try in the Guinness Pro12 game against Leinster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 28 Leinster 13Munster made a telling statement of intent to ensure they remained Ireland’s leading side in the end-of-year Pro 12 table when b(...)

Hooker Richardt Strauss will make his 100th appearance for Leinster in their Guinness Pro 12 game away to Munster at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho 4:16

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made eight changes to his side as they look to put an end to a three-match losing streak in the sold-out Guinness Pro (...)

 Donncha O’Callaghan will captain Munster against Cardiff Blues. Photograph; Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Donncha O’Callaghan will lead a Munster side that shows 11 changes from the win over Saracens out against Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park on Saturday ((...)