CJ Stander takes on Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip: “We are looking forward to Friday night.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster have had two weeks to initially stew over the sound beating which Connacht meted out to them before turning their attentions to what Anthony F(...)

Anthony Foley will no longer be in charge of picking the team at Munster. Photograph: Inpho

The Munster CEO Garrett Fitzgerald yesterday confirmed that the province’s newly appointed director of rugby, Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus, will supersede e(...)

The arrival of Johan Erasmus spells the end for Anthony Foley’s coaching ticket. Photograph: Getty

No matter what way you interpreted it, yesterday marked the end of an indigenous Munster coaching ticket which assuredly gave it their all but came u(...)

Ciara O’Shaughnessy and Sean Ryan on their wedding day

Seán (Seánie), managing director of Elive, and Ciara, an estate agent, are both from Limerick and met nine years ago in Clohessy’s, the local pub in (...)

Munster scrum coach Jerry Flannery believes paul o’Connell still has lots to offer rugby. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The manner in which Paul O’Connell turned from being ‘useless enough’ as a teenager into one of the best players in the world is an example to all you(...)

Munster’s  Barry Murphy scores against Sale Sharks in 2006. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

So the two teams who didn’t have anything left to play for duly did win, whereas the two who had everything to play for in terms of qualification, dul(...)

CJ Stander on the move for Munster as Sergio Parisse closes in on  the tackle during the Irish province’s Champions Cup pool match against Stade Francais in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not alone is this not a particularly opportune time to be the Munster head coach, it isn’t an especially rewarding time to be their captain. Increa(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is tackled by Tom Prydie of Newport-Gwent Dragons just short of the try line during the Pro12 game at Rodney Parade on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Thomas/Inpho.

Once again then, Irish hopes of advancement to the knockout stages in the European Champions Cup would appear to hinge on Munster. But were they to l(...)

Outstanding: South African CJ Stander, who will be eligible to play for Ireland after the World Cup, shows off one of the seven man-of-the-match awards he has won this season. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

He’s the man now. The man with nine tries to his name this season. A hoarder of seven man-of-the-match awards this season. Munster’s first overseas pl(...)

The IRFU’s Dan Downey sets up the GPS units on the Aviva Stadium’s pitch ahead of Ireland’s Six Nations game against France in February. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Not so long ago a fag and orange segment was seen as restorative at half-time, an extra lap until you drop a good thing, a sign of heart. But in recen(...)