Munster’s Francis Saili runs in for a try in the pre-season match against London Irish at Musgrave Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 21 London Irish 15 Andrew Conway sparkled for Munster with two tries, while Francis Saili ran in a brilliant first try for the province in a p(...)

Munster’s Shane Monahan is tackled by  Bundee Aki of Connacht during their pre-season friendly at Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: I npho

Connacht 28 Munster 12 Kieran Marmion caught the eye with a dominant 40 minutes as two first-half tries must have him back in Joe Schmidt’s Wor(...)

Denis Hurley will miss the start of the season because of an ankle injury picked up in training last week. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell will discover the severity of his injury in the next couple of days when he visits a specialist to review his hip problem. O’Donnell w(...)

Tyler Bleyendaal  will make his debut at Thomond Park on Friday after recovering from the neck injury that postponed the start of his Munster career. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tyler Bleyendaal will make his long awaited Munster senior debut against Grenoble this Friday as Anthony Foley’s pre-season preparations have been boo(...)

The 33-year-old Mark Chisholm has 58 caps for Australia. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

With Paul O’Connell joining Toulon in November, Munster have announced the arrival of former Wallaby lock Mark Chisholm on a two-year contract. (...)

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes has signed  a three-year extension to his deal with Clermont Auverne. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The list of contenders for the position of Leinster head coach is diminishing by the day following the confirmation that Clermont Auvergne assistant c(...)

 Francis Saili in action for the Auckland Blues. A potential centre partnership with Keith Earls at Munster is mouth-watering. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

The signings of Charles Piutau by Ulster and Francis Saili by Munster are obviously a response to the poor seasons both clubs have had. People have be(...)

Fergus McFadden is following return-to-play protocols after getting  head injury during Leinster’s victory over Bath in the Champions Cup quarter-final

Leinster are likely to be without wing Fergus McFadden and secondrow Kane Douglas for Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 match against the Newport Gwent Dragons (...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley said he is happy to bring a long recruitment drive to an end and finally clinch the signature of All Black Francis Saili (...)

Bundee Aki has been passed fit for Connacht’s match against Ulster next weekend.

Connacht coach Pat Lam was able to enjoy a largely positive medical prognosis ahead of Saturday’s crucial Guinness Pro12 game against Ulster at the Sp(...)