Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

Munster  strike runner  Simon Zebo will be seeing more of Glasgow Warriors’  Sean Maitland and Peter Murchie in tonight’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at Scotstoun. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sentiment is rarely afforded more than standing room in professional sport, a place in the wings, far removed from centre stage. Munster won’t have co(...)

 JJ Hanrahan trained separately from the Munster team with physio Colm Fuller during the week. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan has made a miraculous recovery from a torn groin to take his place among the replacements for the Irish province’s Heinek(...)

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 has recovered from injury to start against Toulouse.

Peter O’Mahony has been passed fit to lead out Munster when they meet the four-time champions Toulouse in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cu(...)

Rob Penney (left) will want to end his tenure on a winning note before handing over to Munster favourite Anthony “Axel” Foley. Photograph: Inpho

When Roy Keane came in to address the Munster squad before the Sale game in 2006, he answered questions for us on numerous topics. One that has(...)

Simon Zebo training with Munster at the  University of Limerick this week. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Simon Zebo will play fullback on his first start for Munster since injuring his foot last October for Saturday night’s home RaboDirect Pro12 clash aga(...)

Greencore has agreed to sponser Munster Rugby Academy for three years. Pictured at the announcement are Munster elite player development manager Peter Malone (second left) and Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney (c) with academy players Jack O’Donoghue and Shane Buckley, and Munster’s Mike Sherry – a former academy player.

Greencore, the international convenience food group, has agreed a three year partnership with the Munster Rugby Academy. The two-way partnership will (...)

Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)