Dave O’Callaghan: returns at openside flanker for Munster against Ospreys. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For both sides it’s a matter of who can patch up better. Munster have five on international duty while Ospreys have eight. In that pre-game match up (...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team to play Ospreys on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has made four changes to the side that defeated Zebre for this Sunday’s visit of Ospreys . Three of those changes a(...)

Ian Keatley applauds Munster’s travelling support after his side’s bonus point win against Treviso. Photograph: Inpho

Treviso 5 Munster 28 Munster finished their European Champions Cup campaign with a flourish in a bonus-point 28-5 triumph at Benetton Treviso. Early(...)

“We can’t afford to just throw Josh van der Flier (above), Gary Ringrose, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and promising Munster flanker Jack O’Donoghue into the Test match arena.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Talent will never be enough on its own. What characteristics are needed to make it as a professional rugby player? Bravery, naturally, and certain phy(...)

Andy Farrell in action against Ireland at Croke Park in 2007. Ireland won 43-13 on an emotion-fuelled evening. But I still remember how much hassle Farrell was. Photo: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty

Whoever came up with the temporary rerouting of Andy Farrell to Munster must be applauded. An educated guess leads to one man. It’s the potential sol(...)

Stade Francais’ Josaia Raisuqe received a red card for contact with the eye area of Munster’s CJ Stander during the Champions Cup game at Stade Jean Bouin. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Stade Francais 27 Munster 7 Munster didn’t just suffer a third successive pool defeat for the first time in their proud European history. This was a (...)

Ian Keatley: gets a chance to reaffirm his role as the starting outhalf for Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are so many elements of Munster’s game that need improving but more than anything the home-grown players need to start performing for Anthony Fo(...)

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell in action against  Cian Healy of Leinster at Thomond Park last Sunday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster supporters have had very little to cheer about this Christmas but one moment which lifted the gloom was the sight of Tommy O’Donnell running (...)

Garry Ringrose: showed his undoubted quality in the win over  Munster at Thomond Park and has been tipped for stardom by the legendary Brian O’Driscoll. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“Garry (Ringrose) was there and the space was there and he took off, it’s a simple enough one for me.” If only everyone saw rugby and could play the (...)

Leinster centre Garry Ringrose makes the break for Isa Nacewa’s early try in the Guinness Pro12 game at Thomond park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

We will get to the enduring brilliance of Seánie O’Brien but this story must begin at the weaving feet of Garry Ringrose. Andrew Conway might have (...)