‘What’s the secret to happiness?’ ‘Realising unhappiness is also fleeting.’ Disappearing ghost On January 29th Paul Kimmage and Brian O(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

 BJ Bothain Munster line-up to face Saracens on Friday.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Munster coach Anthony Foley has made just two changes to the side the narrowly beat Sale Sharks last weekend, ahead of Friday’s meeting with Saracens (...)

Connacht fullback Darragh Leader has been called up to Ireland’s 37-man squad for the autumn internationals. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ian Keatley has been rewarded with a place in Joe Schmidt’s 37-man squad for the autumn internationals with Ulster’s Paddy Jackson missing out on s(...)

Dave Foley celebrates victory against Toulouse with teammates Damien Varley and Conor Murray in the  Heineken Cup quarter-final in April 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Even as Ian Nagle was being singled out for his fine man-of-the-match performance in Munster’s win over the Wallabies almost four years ago, the Mu(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander in Pro12 action against Scarlets at  Thomond Park, Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

Pool One: Sale Sharks v Munster AJ Bell Stadium, Saturday 1pm, Sky Sports 2 Anthony Foley is a strong enough character not to feel suffocat(...)

Sale’s Sebastien Chabal is wrapped up by Munster’s Donncha O’Callaghan during the clubs’ 2006 Heineken Cup meeting. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Remember the 2006 Sale game in Limerick? The English club had beaten Munster 27-13 the previous October so a statement was needed.No better man to br(...)

‘Munster coach Anthony Foley during training at the University of Limerick yesterday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Nobody knows better than Anthony Foley what European Cup rugby is about, be it in its Heineken guise or remodelled Champions Cup mode. Whether as a p(...)

Peter O’Mahony celebrates at the end of the match following Munster’s victory over Leinster last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No Paul O’Connell but Peter O’Mahony returns. As far as replacements go, Munster don’t have any better. Leinster were felled spectacularly last week;(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney in action against Munster in their Pro12 encounter at Aviva Stadium in March. Photograph: Inpho.

The derby feels more important than usual – 2015 probably won’t be a bad year, but it could be. A stuttering start to both Leinster and Munster campai(...)