Jamie Heaslip has been shortlisted for the European Player of the Year award. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster skipper Jamie Heaslip has been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the year award. Number eight Heaslip is one of five nominee(...)

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton showing the scars of battle after the game against France. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inphon

Johnny Sexton, right eye almost welded shut with six stitches around the purple bubble, spoke to the print media late on Saturday night. Here’s(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip is included on the EPCR longlist along with teammate Ian Madigan.

Jamie Heaslip and Ian Madigan have been included among the initial 15 nominees for the European Player of the Year after the conclusion of the group s(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)

Munster’s CJ Stander on the attack against Clermont Auvergne in Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster on many, many occasions have turned seemingly hopeless situations into heroic, unfathomable victories.With Ronan O’Gara on board, even this gr(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “What we don’t want is to play the victim. We were well beaten by Clermont.”   Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Once Munster coach Anthony Foley dispensed a medical bulletin that charted the province’s injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup seq(...)

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony: “If we play extremely well we’re always going to be hard to beat.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony eyes betrayed a flicker of animation as he answered a question about whether he’d like to be able to fast forward to kick-off time a(...)

 Clermont Auvergne players, including Fritz Lee (centre), celebrate after the final whistle at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s not unusual for Leinster, Munster and Ulster to have lost a match each by the half-way point in the pool stages of Europe’s premier rugby competi(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley Mandatory preparing his players before the match against Clermont Auvergne. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If it wasn’t one of those sporting nights when the globe stopped spinning or anything like that, it was darn close. Of course, the intro on Sky Sports(...)

 Clermont’s Fritz Lee leads the  celebrations  after the final whistle of the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Munster  at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne number eight Fritz Lee may be cited for repeatedly punching Munster captain Peter O’Mahony in the 10th minute of the 16-9 victory a(...)