Forwards coach John Plumtree letting the media know of his plans to return home to work in New Zealand after the Ireland tour to Argentina. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In news that came as both a disappointment and a bombshell to the Ireland squad, John Plumtree has chosen to return home after the tour to Argentina f(...)

John Plumtree during lineout throwing practice earlier this year. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

John Plumtree will leave his role as Ireland’s forwards coach after the summer tour of Argentina in order to be closer to his family in New Zealand. H(...)

Robbie Henshaw: faces surgery on his injured hand.

Unearthing the actor to follow Laurence Olivier as Richard III was not fraught with such inconvenience. Robbie Henshaw’s withdrawal from the Ireland (...)

Given his composure as Johnny Sexton’s replacement in the endgame to Ireland’s Six Nations’ finale in Paris, his versatility as a 10, 12 and 15, not to mention Saturday’s reminder of his potential impact off the bench, it is a surprise Ian Madigan has not made the 30-man Ireland squad for Argentina. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The composition of a 30-man squad for a two-Test tour to Argentina might, in normal circumstances, have been notable for the absentees, but this party(...)

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(...)

Conor Murray and Ian Keatley receive instructions from Munster head coach Rob Penney during training this week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster have drafted Conor Murray, Keith Earls, CJ Stander and BJ Botha back into their starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Rabo Pro12 semi-final in(...)

Ulster’s Michael Heaney avoids the tackles of Munster’s Casey Laulala and Felix Jones to score a try during the RaboDirect Pro 12 game Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 17 Ulster 19: Ulster would have taken most of the encouragement and the plaudits from this encounter long before the end, but as it transpired(...)

Casey Laulala in action against Toulon: “Casey Laulala is a case in point where the accuracy he consistently displayed fell below standard.”

What is success? Is it winning trophies or developing indigenous talent or both? This time next year Toulon will be stronger, faster, more powerful an(...)

Damien Varley is hoping to start his first Heineken Cup semi-final when Munster play Toulon. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Clearly the mantra coming from the Munster Brains Trust in the immediate fallout of their restorative win in Galway was that s(...)

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 (...)