Munster temporary consultant Andy Farrell with head coach Anthony Foley in Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having confirmed the hiring of former English and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell as a consultant, Garrett Fitzgerald, the Munster CEO, suggested tha(...)

Leinster’s Ben Te’o, Jack McGrath and Johnny Sexton struggle to dispossess Connacht’s Eoghan Masterson during yesterday’s Pro12 clash at the RDS. Photograph: Inpho

It sounds simple enough. Leinster grind down their poorer relations and move up the Pro 12 table. For all their European woes, the deep fears for the (...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway are upended during the sides’ Pro12 clash in Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

At half-time Munster had 96 carries to Leinster’s 44, but the score was 7-10 in Leinster’s favour. The wind had a hand in this, as did Munster’s miss (...)

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(...)

Toulon’s Drew Mitchell is denied a try by Leinster’s Seán Cronin and Isa Nacewa. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

This was Leo Cullen’s mulligan. Everyone knows Leinster are in a period of rebuilding without the correct tools to actually do so in this new European(...)

Leinster’s Cian Healy dejected after the game Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

This was Leo Cullen’s mulligan. Everyone knows Leinster are in a period of rebuilding without the correct tools to actually do so in this new European(...)

Former All Black centre Aaron Mauger, who became Leicester Tigers head coach last summer. Photograph: David Rogers/Inpho

In July 2012 a wise man journeyed to Cork, and Limerick, with the gift of Canterbury Crusaders rugby. This, the most successful blueprint for success (...)

Paul Burke in action for Leicester against Munster: “From my experience playing for Munster, nothing fires the players more than the prospect of someone entering their territory with aspirations.”  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Paul Burke looked to his past to secure his future. Epsom College took the boy and made him a man and now that man has returned to further the rugby (...)

The IABA delegation arrive at the Oireachtas: Ciarán Kirwan director, CEO Fergal Carruth, president Pat Ryan and chairman Joe Christle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

At around the time Fergal Carruth was denying for the third time in the Oireachtas that his position as chief executive of the Irish Amateur Boxing(...)

New Leinster head coach Leo Cullen won three Heineken Cups with the province as captain. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Johnny Sexton could hardly have said otherwise when hailing the appointment of Leo Cullen as Leinster’s new head coach, but the manner in which the p(...)