Conor Murray and Keith Earls have both signed new three-year IRFU deals that will keep them at Munster until the 2019 World Cup at least. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keith Earls has rejected Saracens’ advances to sign a new three-year contact with Munster in a clear boost to Ireland’s battle to keep top talents on (...)

Ian Madigan is 26 now and, while his skill-set has never been in doubt,  he just needs to play consistently at Number 10.

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Ian Madigan new deal with Bordeaux-Bègles is believed to be at least €500,000 a season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ian Madigan’s understandable decision to sign a two-year contract with Union Bordeaux-Bègles (UBB) brings Irish rugby to a crossroads. Whether the 26(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose has been nominated for the Junior Player of the Year Award. The Blackrock centre scored a try in the semifinal against England> Photograph: ©INPHO/Photosport/David Rowland

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose is among four nominees for the IRB Junior Player of the Year 2014. The outside centre carried well and repeatedly got over th(...)

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

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Connacht’s scrum half Kieran Marmion tackles  Toulouse’s Louis Picamoles during last week’s match  in Toulouse.

Of all the weeks for a flu virus to spread through a squad, the timing could hardly be worse. At least a dozen Connacht players were laid low on Thurs(...)

Connacht’s Jake Heenan makes the hard yards against Toulouse. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

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Montpellier’s livewire Jonathan Pelissie could play a vital role in Pool 5. Photograph: Getty

POOL 1Castres OlympiqueBest: semi-finalists 2001-02.ERC European Ranking: 25.HC record: Pl 58, Wins 23, Draws 1, Losses 34.Suffering second season syn(...)