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(...)

Maximum Media chief executive Niall McGarry. The digital publisher has expanded into the British market with the launch of JOE.co.uk

Maximum Media, the Dublin- based digital publisher behind the lifestyle sites joe.ie and her.ie, has launched a new website targeting young men in Br(...)

“Two hours each morning, two hours each evening, ‘three on, one off, double splits’. The gym was the one place I had control. I didn’t have to spea(...)

Former Springbok prop BJ Botha learned some hard scrummaging lessons early in his career from players like Anton Oliver and Carl Hoeft. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a slightly different festive period for BJ Botha. He had his mum and dad over, albeit flight complications ensured them of a first and last Chr(...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland suffered a shoulder injury in the 28-13 win over Leinster at the weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish international Robin Copeland has been ruled out of Munster’s trip to Galway on Thursday and is doubtful for their crucial Champions Cup showdown(...)

Jerry Flannery is enjoying being back at Munster. ‘I’m only in the door and I’m lucky that I trust the guys around me so much because I know them so well,’ he says. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jerry Flannery loved being a player. Best job in the world. At 36 he could still be doing it but for the calf injuries that eventually forced him to r(...)