Munster and Ireland wing Simon Zebo runs in for his third against Zebre at Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland / Inpho

Munster 31 Zebre 5 Munster went about writing the wrongs of two weeks ago as the sublime Simon Zebo bagged a first-half hat-trick and helped th(...)

 Paul O’Connell plays against Zebre tomorrow night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will play his first competitive game for Munster this season in their Guinness Pro12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park t(...)

Munster coach Anthony Foley has rung  the changes for this week’s match against Treviso. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Ireland and Lions lock Paul O’Connell, who was expected to make his return to Munster this week, was a late withdrawl from the squad, who flew to Ital(...)

Simon Zebo (right) in action during the Guinness Pro 12 loss to Edinburgh at  Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Winger Simon Zebo said that Munster can’t start feeling sorry for themselves that they were turned over at home in the first of the season and that th(...)

 Munster’s Simon Zebo tackled by WP Nel and Ollie Atkins of Edinburgh at Thomond Park Photograph: Dan Sheridan / Inpho

Munster 13 Edinburgh 14 The Anthony Foley era got off to a disappointing start at a poorly attended Thomond Park as they struggled to recover f(...)

 Andrew Smith makes his Munster debut tomorrow. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster have been unable to select short-term signing Eusebio Guinazu for tomorrow’s opening Pro 12 fixture against Edinburgh at Thomond Park.The Arg(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy.  “I feel like I’m in with a shout and I can perform to my best again.” Photo: Matt Mackey/Presseye/Inpho

Ulster coach Mark Anscombe’s departure was messy and abrupt and following in the wake of director of rugby David Humphreys taking the boat to Gloucest(...)

Of all the the emerging young players on the tour of Argentina, the one  who made the biggest impression on Joe Schmidt was flanker  Rhys Ruddock. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a small, relatively throwaway remark but it was worth noting nonetheless. “This was my first tour,” Joe Schmidt reminded us, and you forget, fo(...)

Ireland’s Paul O’Connell is made  stretch to the limit as he wins this lineout in Saturday’s second Test at the Estadio JosŽ Fierro in Tucumán. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Any season that contains a Six Nations title has to be considered a good one, and the first campaign under Joe Schmidt was duly rounded off with a fir(...)

With only one score between Ireland and Argentina  when he came on with 15 minutes to go in the second and final Test of the series, Ian Madigan produced his trademark magic to get in for a vital  try under the posts. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A mixed bag of a performance and, rather summing up  something of  a no-win end-of-season tour containing two long treks and four interna(...)