Munster are still working on securing a way home from South Africa. Photo: Gordon Arons/Inpho

Munster’s upcoming Heineken Champions Cup games away to Wasps next Sunday week and Castres at Thomond Park six days later are in serious doubt as a r(...)

Bundee Aki back in training with Connacht at the Sportsground on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Reilly-Troy/Inpho

An Irish squad numbering in the mid-30s for the forthcoming November Tests against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina will be announced in the middle of(...)

Sale have three options regarding their scrumhalf and Springboks international Faf de Klerk: ‘rehab, surgery or crack on’. File photograph: Getty

Sale, who are in Ulster’s Heineken Champions Cup pool, may be forced to do without their influential Springbok Faf de Klerk for an extended period if (...)

 The Bulls celebrates with the trophy after the  Currie Cup final win over the  Sharks at Loftus Versfeld Stadium  in Pretoria back in January. Photograph:  Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Munster look set for a difficult two-match trip to South Africa in the weeks running up to the start of the Heineken Champions Cup next December. Clu(...)

David Nucifora: “Covid has affected us all in different ways . . . Personally, it’s put different stresses on me, separated from my family  [in Australia], which is difficult.”  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Appropriately after such a challenging 15 months, especially financially, David Nucifora was notably less bullish than in his previous end-of-year or (...)

Leinster’s Ross Byrne dejected after their 32-23 loss to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final at Stade Marcel Deflandre on Sunday. Photograph: Manuel Blondeau/Inpho

So, no five-star Heineken Champions Cup final after all, rather a sixth all-French final after La Rochelle thoroughly eclipsed Leinster to earn a deci(...)

Munster’s Gavin Coombes, CJ Stander and JJ Hanrahan dejected after the  Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 loss to Toulouse at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So Munster exit another Champions Cup, an anti-climax made all the more acute by coming up one game short against Leinster again in the Pro 14 final a(...)

Of the other 11 matches involving Pro14 teams, the only winners were in the Challenge Cup through Benetton and Ulster away to Harlequins last night. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster will meet the Champions Cup winners and Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs in Sandy Park next Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) in a game that will(...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham during a training session at UL on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Some defeats are easier to push aside than others and for Munster none linger for longer, or more painfully, than the losses to Leinster. Despite bei(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony and Robbie Henshaw after their clash in September at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The re-arranged game between Munster and Leinster on Saturday week in Thomond Park could conceivably be the first of three or even four meetings this (...)

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