JJ Hanrahan is believed to be frustrated with his lack of progress at Munster.  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

JJ Hanrahan is on the verge of leaving his native Munster and joining Northampton next season. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal with th(...)

 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 new home grown coaching team:  Scrum coach Jerry Flannery, assistant coach (attacking/backs) Brian Walsh, head coach Anthony Foley, technical advisor/ Munster A head coach Mick O’Driscoll and assistant coach (skills and defence) Ian Costello. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster rarely do dull, but this season may be more interesting than usual. Not only has Anthony Foley been promoted to head coach, he has assembled a(...)

Anthony Foley: reports his Munster squad is coming together nicely for the new season.

New Munster coach Anthony Foley said the job is consuming him 24-7 but he is loving every minute of being in charge of his native Munster.The former (...)

 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(...)