Donnacha Ryan making his first Munster start since March 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As significant as this match is in Munster’s quest for a home semi-final, and indeed Treviso’s battle with Zebre for a place in next season’s Champio(...)

Donnacha Ryan hasn’t started a game for Munster in 13 months. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Benetton Treviso and Donnacha Ryan is among the starting fifteen for the first time in 13 month(...)

Keith Earls is working hard to avoid injuries. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland winger Keith Earls says he has had to take extra measures to ensure he stays fit after battling back from a troublesome knee injury.The 27-yea(...)

New Zealand-born Tom McCartney is one of Connacht’s more seasoned players. Photograph: James Crosbie.

Connacht hooker Tom McCartney has come up against some of the world’s top frontrows in his seven years playing Super rugby Down Under, but it is Irela(...)

Leinster’s Rob Kearney if tackled by Matt Giteau of Toulon during the European Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Velodrome, Marseille. Photograph: Billy Stickland.

Cian Healy remains a doubt due to shoulder damage but Matt O’Connor has intimated a similar team to the one that lost narrowly in Marseille on Sunday (...)

The extra 20 minutes Leinster played against Toulon will have taken a lot of the fuel out of the tank for Friday’s match against Ulster at Ravenhill. Photograph:   Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

To bring the twice defending European champions to extra-time is no small thing. Sunday’s European Cup semi-final was, in truth, a dour affair. A m(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley with former Lions captain Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Ipho

Paul O’Connell’s move to Toulon this summer won’t happen unless Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal wants to buy the Ireland captain out of his contract, a(...)

Ulster and Leinster face off in Ravenhill this weekend. Photograph: Inpho.

Moving swiftly along, the Pro 12 has never had it so good. Not a single team is distracted by European rugby and almost every game in these last thre(...)

Leinster outhalf Jimmy Gopperth is a picture of dejection at the final whistle against Toulon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster scarcely have time to pause for breath, much less for reflection, but looking back on their courageous if dispiriting European Champions Cup (...)

Bryan Habana vies for a high ball with Fergus McFadden, who is out for the rest of the season with a thumb injury. Photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Besides Zane Kirchner replacing Fergus McFadden, it’s unlikely that Matt O’Connor will make any changes to the Leinster side that lost so valiantly to(...)