Ian Humphreys: will start his 88th game for Ulster today when they take on Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo: Darren Kidd/Inpho

The timing of Neil Doak’s accession to the Ulster throne as head coach sees him begin with the game of the weekend. First up are the upwardly mobile (...)

Former Munster lock James Downey has signed a two-year deal with Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho.

Glasgow v Connacht Scotstoun Stadium, 7.35pm Ospreys, Glasgow and Connacht have won their opening three games. Tonight’s meeting will chang(...)

Munster’s new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

 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(...)