Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)

Peter O’Mahony: returns after injury to captain Munster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Toulouse v Munster Thomond Park, 1.30, Live Sky Sports 2 Munster and Toulouse share a lavish history in the Heineken Cup; four homilies to s(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens could face Ulster this weekend. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Toulouse prop Census Johnston has been ruled out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster at Thomond Park (1.30pm) on Saturday. (...)

Peter O’Mahony: “He trained well today but not fully. Hopefully by the end of the week he’ll be right.”

Peter O’Mahony’s involvement in Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against four-time champions Toulouse is dependent on the Munster captain (...)

Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll and Rory Best among the rest of the Irish squad at the Aviva Stadium on Friday. Photogrtaph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A new day dawns for Irish rugby. Fittingly, a 40,000-plus crowd and a tea-time kick-off under lights gives this opener to the Joe Schmidt era a sense (...)

Samoa will be without the formidable services of Toulouse prop   Census Johnston when they face Ireland.  Photo: David Rogers/Getty

Joe Schmidt spoke yesterday about “losing control” of Johnny Sexton since the outhalf moved to Paris. Well, Samoan head coach Stephen Betham has pr(...)

Jack McGrath during yesterday’s run-out at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rodney O’Donnell uses the words “quiet assassin” to describe Jack McGrath. It’s a term of endearment and there is no mistaking the warmth in O’Donnell(...)

Samoan scrumhalf Kahn Fotuali’i will captain the side against Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Samoa coach Stephen Betham has been forced to name a notably understrength side to play Ireland on Saturday at the Aviva stadium ( 5.45pm).Northampton(...)

Racing Metro 92’s decision to leave Johnathan Sexton on the bench is good news for  Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Racing Metro 92’s decision to leave Johnathan Sexton on the bench for the entire 80 minutes of their French Top 14 9-6 defeat to Biarritz Olympique w(...)