Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion and Munster’s Stephen Archer are all named in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

As ever with the announcement of enlarged squads, the most notable decisions involve those who were not included and, in that context, the omission(...)

 Munster outhalf Ian Keatley  looks up after kicking the match-winning drop-goal against Sale Sharks during the European  Champions Cup clash at the  AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, England. Photo:  Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A goal-kicker’s lot is different. His job spec affords him even more responsibility than a striker in football. Nor is it quite as unique as, say, a g(...)

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(...)

‘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(...)

Peter O’Mahony has been included in the Munster squad for their Pro12 match against Leinster. The Munster captain has recovered  from shoulder surgery. Photograph: Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Leinster has made three changes to the pack for Saturday’s derby in Aviva Stadium as Munster wheel in their inspirational captain and leader Peter (...)

‘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(...)