Munster’s James Downey and Glasgow’s Chris Fusaro battle for possession. Fusaro will now be a team-mate of Downey’s next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors have secured Munster centre James Downey on a two-year contract, subject to a medical.The 33-year-old centre moves to Glasgow until a(...)

The draw balls shows pool 2 containing Leinster, Castres Olympique, Harlequins and London Wasps after the pool draw for the 2014/2015 European Rugby Champions Cup  in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Photograph:  Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

The European Rugby Champions Cup was officially birthed in Neuchatel when the draws for the inaugural tournament, and its less glamorous sibling, the (...)

A bloodied Donncha O’Callaghan following last night’s Pro 12 semi-final loss to Glasgow at Scotstoun. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Munster coach Rob Penney understandably cut a disconsolate figure after last night’s 16-15 Pro 12 sem-final loss to Glasgow, his final game of a two-y(...)

 Gordon Reid of Glasgow Warrior celebrates  scoring a try against  Munster   at Scotstoun Stadium . Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glasgow 16 Munster 15This one will hurt Munster physically and mentally. It’s not losing, it’s not principally the one-point margin, but rather the ma(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander and Gerhard van den Heever with Tommy Seymour of Glasgow Warriors. Munster face another battle royal against the Scottish side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This week having finally finished it, I left Cormac McCarthy’s The Road behind and delved into Max Hastings’ Catastrophe where I quickly bumped into M(...)

Munster  strike runner  Simon Zebo will be seeing more of Glasgow Warriors’  Sean Maitland and Peter Murchie in tonight’s RaboDirect Pro12 semi-final at Scotstoun. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sentiment is rarely afforded more than standing room in professional sport, a place in the wings, far removed from centre stage. Munster won’t have co(...)

Conor Murray and Ian Keatley receive instructions from Munster head coach Rob Penney during training this week. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster have drafted Conor Murray, Keith Earls, CJ Stander and BJ Botha back into their starting line-up for tomorrow night’s Rabo Pro12 semi-final in(...)

 Eddie O’Sullivan, centre, pictured during his time as Ireland coach, has been appointed head coach at Briarritz Olympique. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Eddie O’Sullivan will take over as head at recently relegated Biarritz Olympique, who have lost their status in the French Top 14 for the first time i(...)

Simon Zebo in action against Ulster at  Thomond Park, Limerick. The Munster winger will start against Glasgow on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

Munster have been given a boost ahead of Friday’s RaboDirect Pro 12 semi-final away to Glasgow Warriors with winger Simon Zebo declared fit to play.Ze(...)

Munster captain Damien Varley: his side were unimpressive against Ulster in their final regular season game of  the Rabodirect Pro12. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster are angry with themselves and in the past very often that has sparked a response. Yet there have also been times when their League campaign ha(...)