Munster coach Anhony Foley: “We need to make sure we win the game this week, otherwise we’re reliant on other people not getting results.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Different home venue, different away team, but same deal as last week. Despite last Friday’s welcome win over Edinburgh at Musgrave Park, Munster agai(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton scores his sides first try Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Leinster 16 Munster 13 Johnny Holland is the same age Johnny Sexton was when the undisputed Ireland number 10 began to move through the ranks. In t(...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway in aerial battle during the sides’ last Pro12 league meeting in December, which Leinster won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve had bigger games. They’ve had bigger crowds. But Leinster and Munster have rarely encountered each other in such acute need for league points.(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo runs in for a try during the Guinness Pro 12 game against Zebre at  Thomond Park. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 47 Zebre 0 Munster got their Pro 12 campaign back on track at Thomond Park with an expected victory over Zebre, which maintained their domi(...)

 Tommy O’Donnell returns to the backrow for Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Zebre Thomond Park, Friday, 7.0 Live on TG4 It doesn’t matter whether Munster are smarting from the nature of their defeat against the (...)

The Irish team is expected to be unchanged for the visit of Scotland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Rory Best’s calf strain remains the biggest impediment to Joe Schmidt retaining the same starting XV from last Saturday’s record-breaking 58-15 win o(...)

Jamie Heaslip touches down in a tangle of arms and legs to finish off a memorable Ireland move that started deep in their own half.  Photograph: Alan Betson

On Friday I wrote about IRFU performance director David Nucifora’s definition of talent whilst bemoaning the perceived gap between our game and the ga(...)

Donnacha Ryan celebrates after Conor Murray scores Ireland’s first try against England last month. The flanker says Ireland will now play for honour against Italy this Saturday at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

The arrival of new kids on the block can, and always will, spark different reactions from senior players, especially in the same position. Some feel(...)

Pushing on: “Head down, slightly sidewards and gone like a hare. That was the ultimate Ultan.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Ultan Dillane turned 18 in November 2011, he begged his coaches at Tralee RFC for a game with their first team. The squad travelled to Waterford (...)

Ultan Dillane could play in Connacht’s game away to Edinburgh on Friday after his impressive debut off the bench for Ireland against England at Twickenham. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Although Ultan Dillane and Eoin Reddan were retained with the Irish starting team from last Saturday’s defeat at Twickenham for yesterday’s training s(...)