Munster’s Paul’Connell will have his own hands full as his side take on Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

To think that we could have missed out on this. The next two weekends of the traditional back-to-back pre-Christmas games could define European Cha(...)

Munster have made 10 changes from last week to the side that travels to Aviva on Saturday to face Leinster in the Pro12 derby. Captain P(...)

Ireland   coach Joe Schmidt has stated he  wasn’t picking players from provinces, more that he was selecting Irish players.  Photograph: Inpho

Ireland have won the Six Nations championship. Brian O’Driscoll has had his valedictory home farewell and last tango in Paris. St Patrick’s Day(...)

Ireland debutant Dave Kearney scores the first of two tries against Samoa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland 40 Samoa 9 It was about new beginnings at the Aviva Stadium, with Ireland coach Joe Schmidt taking charge of his first test match, so t(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster have made a virtue of throwing in off-colour performances the week before returning to the Heineken Cup but conceding their heaviest def(...)