Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss. Photograph:  Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Connacht will have their own particular set of challenges when they touch down in the heart of Siberia and face whatever the sub zero elements present(...)

Montpellier’s centre Lucas Dupont breaks clear for one of his two tries in the Champions Cup clash against Toulouse  at the Altrad stadium in Montpellier. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Leinster will meet Bath in Dublin in the Champions Cup quarter-finals on the first weekend in April, with the game set to take place at the Aviva Stad(...)

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea agrees that English club rugby is on the up but is not convinced the overall quality has greatly improved. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

In the week that JJ Hanrahan’s regrettable departure to Northampton was confirmed, the threat looming over the provinces from the English Premiership (...)

Munster’s Robin Copeland suffered a shoulder injury in the 28-13 win over Leinster at the weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Irish international Robin Copeland has been ruled out of Munster’s trip to Galway on Thursday and is doubtful for their crucial Champions Cup showdown(...)

 Noa Nakaitaci of Clermont Auvergne makes the break that led to his try during the European Rugby Champions Cup  match against Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont 26 Munster 19Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony accepts their European Champions Cup quarter-final qualification hopes rest in the hands of other(...)

By Tuesday evening Conor Murray at least had the consolation of no longer having to look directly at the footage of Munster’s European Champions Cup (...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “What we don’t want is to play the victim. We were well beaten by Clermont.”   Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Once Munster coach Anthony Foley dispensed a medical bulletin that charted the province’s injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup seq(...)

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony: “If we play extremely well we’re always going to be hard to beat.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony eyes betrayed a flicker of animation as he answered a question about whether he’d like to be able to fast forward to kick-off time a(...)

 Clermont’s Fritz Lee leads the  celebrations  after the final whistle of the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Munster  at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne number eight Fritz Lee may be cited for repeatedly punching Munster captain Peter O’Mahony in the 10th minute of the 16-9 victory a(...)

Munster’s Denis Hurley and Pat Howard tackle Aurelien Rougerie of  Clermont Auvergne during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16 Clermont Auvergne just provided a lesson to others on how to stack Thomond Park. The first French club to win in L(...)