Anthony Foley’s side should pick up a bonus point against Treviso. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Champions Cup opening salvo proves there’s always a new mountain to climb even if the provinces are still paying that heavy World Cup toll. Let’s (...)

CJ Stander: Munster skipper has been widely tipped to step straight into the Ireland squad for next year’s Six Nations. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

CJ Stander’s hopes of stepping straight into the Ireland squad have already taken a step forward after he met with coach Joe Schmidt last week. The ne(...)

Simon Zebo moves to fullback for Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 trip to play Edinburgh on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley is able to call upon a number of Ireland internationals as they make their first appearance of the season for the provi(...)

Munster welcome back more of their internationals this weekend against Edinburgh. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

World Cup returnees Conor Murray and Keith Earls will make their first Munster appearances of the season after being named in Anthony Foley’s starting(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores his side’s  fifth try of the Pro12 game against Ulster at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Munster assistant coach Brian Walsh said it is inevitable that any of their star players coming out of contract will be linked to moves to other clubs(...)

A disappointed Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip trudges off the pitch at the Millennium Stadium following Ireland’s defeat to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland undoubtedly dodged a bullet by avoiding a brilliant All Blacks on Saturday night, but their stay of execution only lasted another day. The 43-(...)

Ireland’s Tommy Bowe in action against France in last week’s final pool stage match at the Millennium Stadium. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Accentuate the heavy toll then highlight those who remain. With Paul O’Connell under the knife, Peter O’Mahony forced home and Seán O’Brien wanderi(...)

Johnny Sexton has been named in the starting line-up for Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final date with Argentina. Photograph: PA

Johnny Sexton has been named in the Ireland team to play Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. Sexton was for(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton is expected to start against Argentina. Photo: Getty Images

Irish team manager Mick Kearney has given the broadest hint yet that Johnny Sexton will be fit to start Ireland’s World Cup quarter-final against Arge(...)

Ireland’s captain Paul O’Connell  will return to the camp over the weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell will return to the Irish camp ahead of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. The Ireland captain will offer his vast expe(...)