Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)

Munster’s CJ Stander on the attack against Clermont Auvergne in Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster on many, many occasions have turned seemingly hopeless situations into heroic, unfathomable victories.With Ronan O’Gara on board, even this gr(...)

Predicting the likely composition of the Clermont Auvergne team for Saturday’s European Champions Cup against Munster at Thomond Park is a fraught (...)

Toulon beat both Munster and Leinster on the way to defending their European crown last season. Photograph:   Billy Stickland/Inpho 4:58

No less than having the offices in Dublin, there’s little doubt that five Irish Heineken Cup wins in a seven-year period (2006 to 2012) did not go (...)

Nathan Charles  scuffles with France’s Frederic Michalak during final minutes of their second test in Melbourne. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Australia prevailed 6-0 over France in a dour, try-less contest on Saturday to seal the three-test series 2-0 and leave a subdued Melbourne crowd cold(...)

Australia’s Nick Cummins  scores a try against France  at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photograph: Jason O’Brien / Reuters

Australia 50 France 23Australia scythed through a porous French defence to score seven tries and a 50-23 victory over the visitors in their first test(...)

Clermont’s Wesley Fofana scores his  try against Leicester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont 22 Leicester 16 Leicester were knocked out of the Heineken Cup despite a valiant comeback in their quarter-fina(...)

 Brian O’Driscoll who received a cap for his world record of 140 caps at the IRFU dinner after the match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho 3:39

Now the maths look fairly straightforward. Unless England beat Italy by 50 points or more in Rome in the first of next Saturday’s triple header(...)

Morgan Parra in action for France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been ruled out of next week’s Six Nations clash in Scotland after the French League (LNR) suspend(...)

Clermont’s French scrum-half Morgan Parra (R) leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the French Top 14 game against Montpellier. Photo: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty

RTÉ Two are unable to provide live coverage of the Ireland women’s historic first game at the Aviva stadium against Italy on Saturday(...)