Stuart Hogg of Glasgow Warriors has been dropped from the Glasgow Warriors’ squad for the Pro12 final against Leinster at the RDS on Saturday. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images.

Stuart Hogg will not play any part in Saturday’s Pro12 final at the RDS. The Scotland fullback has been excluded from Gregor Townsend’s squad as he ac(...)

James Coughlan will leave Munster a year early to join French side Pau. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster backrow James Coughlan has confirmed that he will leave the province this summer and move abroad a year ahead of the end of his contract.Muns(...)

Conor Murray and Ian Keatley receive instructions from Munster head coach Rob Penney during training this week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster have drafted Conor Murray, Keith Earls, CJ Stander and BJ Botha back into their starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Rabo Pro12 semi-final in(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Andrew Trimble scores Ireland’s second try against France in Paris. “To win this award just means the world to me.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There would have been long odds on him being the chosen one as recently as last November, never mind the start of the season, but there will be few qu(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try despite Toulon’s Drew Mitchell tackle during the Heineken Cup semi-final at the  Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Toulon 24 Munster 16: Toulon moved to within one match of defending their H(...)

James Coughlan: “We’re confident though that if we’re at 100 per cent we’re as good as any team left in the competition, so it’s up to us to go and show it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

They may be the same four semi-finalists as last season but opportunities like Sunday’s Heineken Cup confrontation with Toulon in the Stade Velodro(...)

Damien Varley is hoping to start his first Heineken Cup semi-final when Munster play Toulon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Clearly the mantra coming from the Munster Brains Trust in the immediate fallout of their restorative win in Galway was that s(...)

Leone Nakarawa of Glasgow Warriors celebrates as his team beats Munster in Pro12 clash last week. photograph: dan sheridan/inpho

If there was ever any doubt about how important the mental side of sport is, the results of the Irish teams in the Rabo over the weekend put it(...)

CJ Stander, man-of-the-match against Toulouse after coming on for Peter O’Mahony last weekend, will start tomorrow evening. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster have made a total of seven changes to the side that put Toulouse to the sword in the Heineken Cup last weekend as they switch their foc(...)