Garrett Fitzgerald on Munster’s dwindling attendances: “The market has changed and I still believe our core support is a good 15,000.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As Munster’s decline has continued apace over the last couple of months, so the attention has focused as much, understandably, on the role of CEO Gar(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo is attracting the interest of clubs like Toulouse while tighthead prop Marty Moore is leaving Leinster for Wasps in the English Premiership. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“I mean, let’s look at the margins that they’re losing these games by. No one’s being blown off the park.” – David Nucifora, the IRFU Performance Dire(...)

Mike Sherry: “I am playing in front of Munster supporters. It doesn’t matter if we are out of Europe or we got hockeyed the week before. We have got everything to play for.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Even a victory will not redeem the worst run of pool defeats Munster have ever suffered in Europe. This has left them with nothing to play for but the(...)

Simon Zebo may be the next Munster player to go and ply his trade elsewhere. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

According to the IRFU’s High Performance Director, David Nucifora, the Irish provinces are not under-performing. In his pre-Christmas briefing at the(...)

“I can’t really separate myself from this job. I can’t separate myself from Munster because it’s been 21 years nearly now,” says Anthony Foley. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Virtually since birth, Munster have been in Anthony Foley’s blood, whether as a boy being taken into the rarified confines of the Thomond Park home dr(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “I’m more concerned around getting a result at the weekend; I’m not looking after my own interests here.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anthony Foley’s Christmas wish is for Munster to beat Leinster in their Guinness Pro12 clash at Thomond Park next Sunday (5.15pm) over and above any (...)

IRFU high performance unit general manager David Nucifora at a press briefing last night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

David Nucifora, the general manager of the IRFU’s High Performance Unit to give him his fittingly grand title, last night indicated that the union’s s(...)

Ireland internationals Ian Madigan and Simon Zebo could be lining up options to play abroad next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Reflection, anew. Maybe it’s not as bad as it seems. Maybe the injuries in the four provincial squads just need time to heal. Maybe the suggestion t(...)

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter hold aloft the Webb Ellis Cup after New Zealand’s win over Australia in the World Cup Final at Twickenham. Photograph:      Stu Forster/Getty Images

New Zealand 34 Australia 17 Simply the best, and perhaps now the best of all time. In any event, it’s hard to argue a case for a better team in(...)

Victory for Australia will see their hooker and captain Stephen Moore, who lived in Galway until he was five years old, collect the William Webb Ellis trophy. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP Photo/Getty Images

In Australia and New Zealand the word Anzac is sacred. Anzac is the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers who fought in(...)