Clermont’s Wesley Fofana puts in a tackle on Munster’s Peter O’Mahony. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne 26 Munster 19Regrets they’ll have a few after suffering their first back-to-back defeats but there was no shame in Munster’s defeat (...)

Conor O’Shea has been with Harlequins since 2010, winning three trophies and providing a wellspring for the England team. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

You can’t be laid back and survive this long at the elite level. No way. Conor O’Shea’s brief as Harlequins director of rugby has grown hugely these p(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony: his side is seeking its 100th win in European rugby when Clermont visit Thomond Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Playing all their home games this season at Thomond Park while Musgrave Park is being redeveloped is one thing. Being compelled to play five of the si(...)

Keith Earls at a Munster squad training session at University of Limerick, Limerick in October. The winger has never played under Joe Schmidt for Ireland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Keith Earls’ international injury nightmare could be about to come to an end with the Munster winger on track for a January return which could leave (...)

 Ireland’s Dave Kilcoyne scores a try despite the attentions of  David Kacharava of Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/ Inpho 5:37

Ireland 49 Georgia 7 This was always the worry. Even the All Blacks, having been completely redesigned for yesterday’s narrow escape in Murrayf(...)

Ireland outhalf Ian Madigan training at Carton House, Co Kildare, ahead of the match against Georgia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

At first glance, this looks like something of a no-win game for Ireland. There’s following on from the Springboks victory and the knowledge that Au(...)

Tommy O’Donnell has worked hard to regain his Munster and Ireland place. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell had, seemingly, arrived only to disappear just as quickly. Capped on the 2013 summer tour of North America, the 27-year-old Munster o(...)

Rory Best is back running in training after a calf strain but is unlikely to play against Georgia on Sunday. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA

On the premise that Gordon D’Arcy was ruled out of the Ireland team to play South Africa for being unfit to train 10 days before the game, Jared Payne(...)

Former Ireland under-20 centre Rory Scannell starts at number 12 for Munster. Photograph: Inpho.

  Cardiff Blues v Munster Arms Park, 5.15pm Sky Sports 2 Glancing ahead to the November internationals plenty can be inferred fro(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)