Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson: will be aware of competition for the number 10 jersey from Ian Humphreys. Photograph: Inpho

  When Ulster last took leave of the Guinness Pro 12, with a stirring unlocking of Glasgow’s defence, it seemed like anything was possible(...)

Former Ireland under-20 centre Rory Scannell starts at number 12 for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

  Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.15pm Sky Sports 2 Glancing ahead to the November internationals plenty can be inferred fro(...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Ian Keatley made two of his six placed kicks as Munster beat Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Thomond Park. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Although he only landed two of six kicks at goal, thereby leaving 11 points behind, Ian Keatley’s all-round game was warmly praised by his coach Antho(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt says Ulster centre Darren Cave is still on the radar for selection despite his absence from the autumn international squad. Photograph:  Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has denied influencing provincial selection, rubbishing suggestions he has “blocked” Darren Cave’s path back to the Ireland squad. (...)

Forward momentum: Munster outhalf Ian Keatley has been named in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad. Photograph: Inpho

From the moment Ian Keatley stepped through the door of the Munster dressingroom for the first time in 2011, he has endured the forensic scrutiny of t(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion and Munster’s Stephen Archer are all named in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

As ever with the announcement of enlarged squads, the most notable decisions involve those who were not included and, in that context, the omission(...)

 Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley: “I don’t think there’s ever been a score between Munster and Saracens, they’ve always between tight encounters.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The impact of Ian Keatley’s dramatic winner against Sale Sharks was felt immediately back home in Munster with almost ten times as many tickets bei(...)