Munster coach Anthony Foley said he is happy to bring a long recruitment drive to an end and finally clinch the signature of All Black Francis Saili (...)

Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip goes off injured during the 18-11 win over France.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Jamie Heaslip will miss the Six Nations clash with England on March 1st after fracturing vertebrae in the win over France on Saturday.A scan on the Ir(...)

France’s centre Mathieu Bastareaud is tackled by Scotland hooker Ross Ford  at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, nearParis. Photograph: Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images

It may seem the number of carries in a rugby match, and who carried the ball, is simply a bald figure that shows who made the most yards, or, who was(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Jack McGrath: “It’s a mistake I hopefully will never make again.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

When Leinster decided not to appeal the three-week ban handed to prop Jack McGrath for stamping on Ulster’s Rory Best, it seemed tailored to suit Ire(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

Keith Earls could play part for Munster against Saracens. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inphi

In weeks like this, it can’t be easy being a Munster player, or a new head coach come to think of it. They have a rich heritage in Europe, and arguabl(...)

CJ Stander highlighted importance of bonus point Munster earned in Clermont. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster forward CJ Stander says that Saturday’s crunch Champions Cup match against Saracens is the sort of cup rugby encounter that players want to e(...)

Cian Healy has been training for several weeks but has yet to engage in full-contact rugby. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster and Ireland prop Cian Healy will find out today whether he is ready to resume contact and scrum work.Healy, who has been training for severa(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls wasn’t long getting back into the thick of things in the win over Zebre.  Photograph: Giuseppe Fama / Inpho

Munster manager Anthony Foley believes the return of Keith Earls and James Cronin from injury in the 31-7 bonus-point win over Zebre in Parma on Satur(...)