Munster outhalf Ian Keatley, with James Cronin in support, is tackled by Nick Abendanon during Saturday evening’s match at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16It ended as it always does in Limerick; with a heroic act. This time from Clermont Auvergne captain Damien Chouly.Mu(...)

 Clermont’s Fritz Lee leads the  celebrations  after the final whistle of the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Munster  at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne number eight Fritz Lee may be cited for repeatedly punching Munster captain Peter O’Mahony in the 10th minute of the 16-9 victory a(...)

Munster’s Denis Hurley and Pat Howard tackle Aurelien Rougerie of  Clermont Auvergne during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16 Clermont Auvergne just provided a lesson to others on how to stack Thomond Park. The first French club to win in L(...)

Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Robbie Henshaw:  hopes to resume training on Thursday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamie Cudmore will not feature against Ireland in Saturday’s final leg of the North American tour as the veteran Canadian lock has not recovered from (...)

New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt pictured in Toronto. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jamie Cudmore will not feature against Ireland in Saturday’s final leg of the North American tour. The veteran Canadian lock has not recovered from th(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony runs at USA’s Mike Petri. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Ireland 15 USA 12Scary looking scoreline. In fairness, the professionalism of this extremely young Ireland team, with five new caps blooded over the (...)

Biarritz’s Taku Ngwenya chases down Ian Madigan during last month’s Challenge Cup semi-final. The pair are due to meet again on June 8th. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Both the US Eagles and Canada will be match hardened ahead of Ireland’s tour next month as they square off in the Pacific Nations Cup this Sat(...)

Vern Cotter: “For us, it is about being able to get fast ball, play a high tempo, keep them moving. That’s our basic game plan.” Photograph: Inpho

It’s easy to see how Vern Cotter and Joe Schmidt worked as a partnership. Unannounced and apologetically, we came at the 51-year-old New Zealan(...)

Ian Madigan will start at inside centre for Leinster against Biarritz. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After Jonny Sexton pointedly retook his position at Zebre six days ago, this week’s cautious rhetoric from Joe Schmidt about his two Leinster p(...)