Simon Zebo: “I feel really fresh now, excited and hopefully my best rugby will come out.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Excluding the natural skills of Simon Zebo from Ireland’s World Cup squad would shock. Not unlike Declan Kidney cutting Luke Fitzgerald in 2011, wh(...)

Ian Keatley has been left out of Ireland’s 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named his 45-man training squad for this year’s Rugby World Cup. Notable absentees from Schmidt’s squad include Ian Kea(...)

Stuart Hogg beats the tackles of Munster’s Felix Jones and Dave Kilcoyne to set up Glasgow’s third try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO.

No one could begrudge Glasgow this triumph. This was the culmination of four years contesting the knock-out stages, and whereas Munster were completin(...)

Peter O’Mahony has been ruled out of Munster’s Pro 12 final against Glasgow on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho

Munster have sustained two heavy losses ahead of the Pro 12 final against Glasgow as Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray are ruled out through injury. (...)

 Paddy Butler scores Munster’s  third try in the Guinness Pro 12 play-off at  Thomond Park. Photo:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Ospreys 18 Wild celebrations yes, but relief wasn’t the half of it as Munster nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before then s(...)

Ian Keatley winning his 100th Munster cap against the Dragons last week . Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Fittingly, Ian Keatley looks out on an empty Thomond Park from a corporate box with the number ‘10’ on its door. Four days away from today’s semi-fina(...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to the Munster side for their Pro 12 play-off semi-final against the Ospreys. Photogrpah: Inpho

Captain Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo both return to the Munster side for their Pro 12 semi final against Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. O’Mahon(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell scores a try during the  Guinness Pro 12 game against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 50 Dragons 27 As Super Saturdays go, this wasn’t quite on the scale of the Six Nations finale, although of all the final day games of t(...)

Ian Ketley is set to win his 100th cap for Munster this weekend when they take on Newport-Gwent-Dragons. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ian Keatley will win his 100th cap for Munster when the province lines out for their Pro 12 clash against Newport-Gwent-Dragons at Musgrave Park to(...)

Former Crusaders back Tyler Bleyendaal has been going well in training for Munster. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell looks set to miss Munster’s clash with Dragons on Saturday as Anthony Foley’s men bid to get the bonus-point win which could secure a(...)