Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton:  resigned to being out of action until at least February 14th, the day Ireland play France at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland will have to begin the defence of their Six Nations crown against Italy without Johnny Sexton, who is resigned to being out of action until F(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana tackled by Paul O’Connell during the hosts’ 26-19 win at the Stade Marcel-Michelin. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Remarkably, for a few minutes after the full-time whistle, the vastly outnumbered Red Army were singing louder than their hosts for the first time all(...)

 Noa Nakaitaci of Clermont Auvergne makes the break that led to his try during the European Rugby Champions Cup  match against Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont 26 Munster 19Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony accepts their European Champions Cup quarter-final qualification hopes rest in the hands of other(...)

JJ Hanrahan is believed to be frustrated with his lack of progress at Munster.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

JJ Hanrahan is on the verge of leaving his native Munster and joining Northampton next season. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal with th(...)

Munster’s Denis Hurley and Pat Howard tackle Aurelien Rougerie of  Clermont Auvergne during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16 Clermont Auvergne just provided a lesson to others on how to stack Thomond Park. The first French club to win in L(...)

Paul O’Connell returns to Munster’s starting line up for tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup game against Clermont at Thomond Park

Munster welcome back captain Peter O’Mahony back to their starting line for tomorrow’s European Challenge Cup game against Clermont Auvergne at Thomon(...)

Predicting the likely composition of the Clermont Auvergne team for Saturday’s European Champions Cup against Munster at Thomond Park is a fraught (...)

Munster’s Duncan Williams slides over in the corner for his side’s second try during the win over Ulster at Thomond Park

Munster 21 Ulster 20It’s hard to know how Ulster felt leaving Thomond Park. Leading 12-0 and dominant in the opening quarter, they conceded a mini ava(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland is tackled by Dragons’ Lewis Evans during the Guinness Pro 12 match at  Rodney Parade. Photograph:  Simon King/Inpho

Dragons 12 Munster 38Duncan Casey took his chance as a late call-up into the Munster starting line-up as he scored two tries in their bonus-point win (...)

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin   Ireland vs Georgia, Stuart Olding runs in for a try. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Darren Cave, Craig Gilroy and Stuart Olding, have all been released by Ireland and will start for Ulster against Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium tomorr(...)