Paddy Butler scores Munster’s  third try in the Guinness Pro 12 play-off at  Thomond Park. Photo:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 21 Ospreys 18 Wild celebrations yes, but relief wasn’t the half of it as Munster nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory before then s(...)

Peter O’Mahony returns to the Munster side for their Pro 12 play-off semi-final against the Ospreys. Photogrpah: Inpho

Captain Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo both return to the Munster side for their Pro 12 semi final against Ospreys at Thomond Park on Saturday. O’Mahon(...)

Donnacha Ryan: “I just have to manage my situation and see how I pull up each day. It’s all about the moment.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

There doesn’t appear to be any potential bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad, but if a player is to emerge from the shadows to play for Joe Schmidt (...)

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey could turn out to be a bolter for Ireland’s World Cup squad. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

For the third year in succession an Emerging Ireland squad will head for Eastern Europe in early summer to compete in a tournament that at face value (...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell scores a try during the  Guinness Pro 12 game against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave park. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 50 Dragons 27 As Super Saturdays go, this wasn’t quite on the scale of the Six Nations finale, although of all the final day games of t(...)

Ian Keatley will win his 100th Munster cap against the Dragons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 Munster v Dragons Musgrave Park, Saturday, 3pm. TG4 Mindful that no team has ever won a semi-final away from home, Munster(...)

Paddy Jackson is congratulated by his Ulster team mates after his conversion gave the hosts a 23-23 draw with Munster at Ravenhill. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 23 Munster 23 Regrets, they’ll both have a few - Munster at letting a seven-point lead slip away after the 80 minute mark, and Ulster at(...)

Roger Wilson will make his 132nd league appearance against Munster, a record for any Ulster player. Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

The stage could hardly be set any better. The two in-form Irish contenders for the title meet at an 18,000-capacity Kingspan Stadium with the prize a(...)

Paul O’Connell returns to the Munster team as expected. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paul O’Connell will partner Donnacha Ryan in the Munster second row as Anthony Foley’s team aim to break Ulster’s unbeaten home record on Saturday. O’(...)

“The Ulster supporters brought great passion to the occasion and it was matched by the home team.” Photograph: Darren Kidd/Presseye

I endured some brutally physical contests at the old Ravenhill; I enjoyed them too. When Ulster met Munster in Belfast there’d be plenty of moaning as(...)