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Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

What the hell to make of Munster? Their head coach, along with two of his three assistants, is leaving at the end of the season. There have even been (...)

Graham Rowntree: ‘The club and the IRFU both know my aspirations in my coaching career, put it that way.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Graham Rowntree said it’s important that there is a good mix of personalities in a management team but that it’s not necessary to have multiple nation(...)

Illustration: Alan Clarke

“I think I’ve finally figured it out,” I go – and, yeah, no, I’m talking about the latest restrictions. “If I set the alorm for, like, 2am and give th(...)

Dave Kilcoyne at Munster Rugby squad training in UL, Limerick on Wednesday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Traditionally there’s been a bit of a bite to Heineken Champions Cup matches between Munster and Castres Olympique, whetting the appetite for another (...)

Connacht’s Dave McSharry offloads to Fetu’u Vainikolo to score the opening try despite the tackle of Marcelo Bosch and Aled Brew of Biarritz in December 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The current academy players weren’t yet born. The younger senior players were infants. A patchwork of families, players, boys and girls called Friends(...)

Ireland assistant coach Willie Anderson in 1994. Photograph: David Rogers/Allsport

Most sports biographies are written too soon after the final whistle. The rush to cash in on hard-won, short-lived fame means that many such books lac(...)

Munster academy manager Ian Costello talks with Tadhg Beirne, Chris Farrell, Peter O’Mahony, Joey Carbery, and Conor Murray  during Munster’s training session at UL on Friday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions Cup Pool B: Wasps v Munster, Coventry Building Society Arena, Sunday, 3.15pm – Live on BT Sport Well then, no matter happens, and as is usu(...)

 A daily newspaper poster reporting on the recently introduced travel bans  in Harare, Zimbabwe after the outbreak of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in South Africa and Botswana. Photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

The United Rugby Championship appears to be in disarray and the Munster party of 49, stranded in Cape Town, must be enduring a stressful time as they (...)

Jeff Bezos’ streaming service Amazon Prime holds the rights to the majority of this November’s international rugby matches. Photograph:  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos, billionaire retailer to the world, novice space cadet and all around very-strange fish was photographed with Prince William at the Glasgow(...)

Munster’s rugby lacked precision, variety, skill, high tempo and competent systems when Johann van Graan arrived. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Being appointed as the head coach to lead a great club with a proud history is an uplifting, humbling and awesome experience. Being appointed as an ‘a(...)

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