Ulster hooker Rory Best goes through his paces with the Ireland squad at Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland approach their final Guinness Series Test in ruder health than Joe Schmidt and the management ticket might have envisaged. Saturday’s rendezv(...)

Nathan White brings great work rate to the Irish squad, according to scrum coach Greg Feek. Photograph: Inpho.

There was a touch of gallows humour in the manner in which Greg Feek borrowed a friend’s description to sum up a glut of injuries suggesting that “(...)

One new face in the Leinster dressingroom will be Australian Rugby League Premiership Grand Final winner Ben Te’o. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

The logjam of Leinster players seeking daily medical attention may ease with news that Richardt Strauss, Noel Reid, Mike Ross, Jack McGrath, Marty Moo(...)

Munster’s Duncan Casey in action against Toulon during the Heineken Cup semi-final. “I think we can really put down a marker this weekend.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The case history of Duncan Casey is a classic one of both steady progress and then sudden elevation. This time last year the 23-year-old product of Gl(...)

‘I don’t think beating our chest and roaring and shouting will do us any favours at the weekend’ - Munster head coach   Anthony Foley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Ticket sales may not be in keeping with recent seasons. Munster, especially, are in far from confident or fluent form, and their casualty list has (...)

 Munster’s Keith Earls (right) will be out for up to four months. Photograph: Dan Sheridan

Keith Earls will undergo surgery on his right knee this afternoon following a consultation with a specialist in London yesterday.He is the latest Iris(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley: gets his first chance at playing his full-strength side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster will roll out their big guns for Zebre on Friday night as coach Anthony Foley goes in search of his first home win.Paul O’Connell, Conor Murra(...)

 Andrew Smith makes his Munster debut tomorrow. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster have been unable to select short-term signing Eusebio Guinazu for tomorrow’s opening Pro 12 fixture against Edinburgh at Thomond Park.The Arg(...)

 Argetine hooker Eusebio Guinazu (centre) has joined Munster on a short term contract.  Photograph:   JUAN MABROMATA/GettyImages

Munster have confirmed the signing of Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guinazu on a four-month contract.He will join the province later in the month subject(...)

Coach Anthony Foley with several Munster players at a squad training session at  CIT, Cork. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster’s injury woes are mounting ahead of the start of the new season with news that Keith Earls has suffered a knee injury that will sideline him (...)