Connacht coach Pat Lam has had to utilise his full squad for the Pro12 game at Thomond Park against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Guinness Pro12 Munster v Connacht Thomond Park, 5.15 Live on Sky Sports 1 Scanning Connacht’s injury list and it’s not difficult to see how Pat Lam(...)

Simon Zebo has returned from international duty to the Munster team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster have named a strong side for the visit of Connacht on Saturday evening with Simon Zebo and Tommy O’Donnell both named in their starting fiftee(...)

Ospreys’ Dan Biggar is set to win the Rhino Golden Boot for most points in the Pro 12. His 93.3 per cent record from the tee is the best seasonal record ever for a regular kicker in a major league. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dissuaded from staggered kick-offs and having the potential for a final day laced with the possibilities that freighted last weekend’s Six Nations co(...)

This try against the Dragons was one of five in Craig Gilroy’s last four games for Ulster. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Craig Gilroy is normally a chilled spectator but during the course of last Saturday’s Six Nations three-game box set, his demeanour was a great deal m(...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley with Paul O’Connell:  “I know he’s contracted up to the end of next season so that’s the way I view it.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Munster coach Anthony Foley says he has not discussed with Paul O’Connell whether the Irish captain will continue playing international rugby beyond (...)

Dave Kearney says he’s delighted for the Irish team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A conflict of emotion is understandable. Richardt Strauss and Dave Kearney were enthusiastic couch-bound supporters, delighting in Ireland’s 40-10 Si(...)

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw is one of three Irish players nominated for the RBS Six Nations player of the tournament award. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Ireland may have won the Six Nations title but it’s England who’ve been adjudged to have had the most prominent players in the tournament. Four of the(...)

Ian Madigan and Sean Cronin are set to return for Leinster in the Pro12. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster will review the fitness of the returning players from Ireland duty but would expect to be able to pick the majority, if not all, of those pla(...)

Ireland’s Jared Payne scores his side’s  third try during the Six  Nations Championship match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh. Photograph: Inpho

Much of the criticism proved misguided in the end. That impatient worry about the way Ireland play, their style.Beating Italy in Rome was an operatio(...)

Paul O’Connell is wary of Scotland ahead of this weekend, but he’s not thinking about the championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has warned Ireland to beware of Scotland’s “nothing to lose” approach in battling against the Wooden Spoon in Saturday’s RBS Six Nation(...)