Munster’s new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

Captain Richie McCaw with team-mates at a New Zealand training session ahead of their Bledisloe Cup match against Australia on Saturday in Sydney. Photograph: Reuters

At 8.05pm local time in Sydney, or 11.05am Irish time on Saturday morning, New Zealand will attempt to establish the longest winning sequence in the (...)

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika: “We made ourselves the opportunity this year and we took it and that was really nice. It does not mean that we’re not going to try and do it again next year, I can guarantee you that.” Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

Bernard Foley’s late penalty will go down in the record books as winning New South Waratahs their first Super Rugby title but for coach Michael Cheika(...)

Waratahs players celebrate victory at the end of the Super Rugby Grand Final match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Waratahs 33 Crusaders 32: Former Leinster coach Michael Cheika has a Super Rugby title to add to his European Cup crown after a thrilling win over the(...)

Kane Douglas still hoping for Wallabies call-up ahead of Leinster move. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

If his career takes a turn for the better Australian secondrow Kane Douglas may not be available to play with Leinster until December. The lock, a pe(...)

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(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip hands off the challenge of Glasgow’s Niko Matawalu in last year’s semi-final victory at the RDS.

Jamie Heaslip’s game statistics are astounding. The 80-minute man all season, in every game, this will arguably go down as his greatest campaign yet.(...)

Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian second row Kane Douglas. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Leinster have confirmed the signing of Australian second row Kane Douglas. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Kane Douglas’ arrival in Dublin – at an unscheduled date and for an unknown period of time (a policy Matt O’Connor has adopted from Leicester) – is in(...)

Leo Cullen’s calmness under pressure meant he usually made the right calls in a game, especially at the lineout. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Smyth, a team-mate of Leo Cullen’s from their under-10 days at Willow Park through their years together on the Blackrock Dream Team and then Lei(...)

 Michael Cheika admitted using “stern” language on at least one occasion.

The former Leinster coach Michael Cheika has been given a suspended six-month ban by Super Rugby’s governing body after he admitted abusing a c(...)