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The Irish Times today announced the signing of an extended contract with the Second Captains team who provide The Irish Times Second Captains Podcast;(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Argentina on Saturday. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan.

Despite emerging with an apparently clean bill of health from a bruising and sapping first test win in Residencia, true to Joe Schmidt’s word in gi(...)

Ireland new cap Robbie Diack. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

By Gerry ThornleyAs expected, the South African-born Robbie Diack, who qualifies by residency, will make his debut for Ireland against Argentina on Sa(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

South African CJ Stander in full flight: “Munster gave me a chance, and I came here to play for Munster and then the possibility of one day playing for Ireland popped up.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Three weeks ago, CJ Stander sat on the bench for the fifth time in the Heineken Cup. He expected to maybe get 15 minutes or so. Less than 20 mi(...)

Simon Zebo:  Munster need a confident start against Toulon in their Heinkecn Cup semi-final at the Stade Velodrome. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

One of the common themes emerging from the Munster camp is of learning from lessons past, and especially last year’s Heineken Cup 16-10 semi-fi(...)

Dejected John Langford (left) and  Peter Clohessy at the end of the 2000 Heineken Cup final against Northampton. Defeat hurt Munster, naturally, but arguably gave them the hunger to keep coming back until they won the competition, in 2006 and 2008.  Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

It’s hard not to feel a little poignant about the closing stages of the last Heineken Cup as we know it. The competition has been especially b(...)

Bryan Habana of Toulon equalled the World Cup record of eight tries set by Jonah Lomu in 1999 when helping South Africa to win the 2007 World Cup in France. Photograph: John Berry/Getty Images.

As Munster watched Toulon beat Leinster the day after their rout of Toulouse, they may have thought the Heineken Cup couldn’t have provided the(...)

Munster coach Rob Penney: “Some individuals are going to have to go beyond where they have been before but that is the challenge for us as a management group.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As preludes to what Rob Penney admitted is about the most daunting challenge European club rugby can throw up, it couldn’t have gone (...)

In the questionable decision to dispense with end-of-season play-offs (which belatedly return next season), fortunately for the Ulster Bank League,(...)