Munster’s James Downey and Glasgow’s Chris Fusaro battle for possession. Fusaro will now be a team-mate of Downey’s next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors have secured Munster centre James Downey on a two-year contract, subject to a medical.The 33-year-old centre moves to Glasgow until a(...)

 Gordon Reid of Glasgow Warrior celebrates  scoring a try against  Munster   at Scotstoun Stadium . Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow 16 Munster 15This one will hurt Munster physically and mentally. It’s not losing, it’s not principally the one-point margin, but rather the ma(...)

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 Smith in action for the Brumbies in the Super 15 match against the Bulls earlier last month. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster have confirmed the signing of Australian centre Andrew Smith, who will join on a one-year deal this summer to replace the outgoing Casey Laula(...)

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(...)

For Munster to keep the ball on or beyond the gain line against Toulon in Marseille. James Downey (with ball, above), in particular, must get flat, quick ball ad nauseam. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I’ve a different view on Leinster’s performance against Toulon. It was said by themselves and others they didn’t land a punch; but in not conce(...)

Andrew Conway breaks clear to score Munster’s first try in the  RaboDirect Pro12 game against Connacht at  The Sportsground in Galway. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Connacht 23 Munster 32: Munster warmed up for their Heineken Cup semi-final again(...)

Munster’s Dave Foley gets stuck into Jonny Gray of Glasgow Warriors during the first half at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 5 Glasgow Warriors 22 Glasgow Warriors became the first team to win at Thomond Park this season as they took the scalp of the Heineken (...)

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(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)