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(...)

Munster A’s Liam Coombes scores a try against Connacht Eagles in an interpro earlier this month. Photo: Evan Treacy/Inpho

The return of the United Rugby Championship (URC) following a five-week playing hiatus will be eagerly embraced by a majority of provincial players fo(...)

Gordon D’Arcy in action for Lansdowne  during an All-Ireland League game against Garryowen in March 2000. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

A primary challenge for elite young rugby players these days is to avoid being overtrained and underplayed. Playing matches is the ultimate developmen(...)

It remains uncertain if Conor Murray will play for Munster again before Ireland’s November test window. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Johann van Graan was somewhat less than adamant that Conor Murray will make his seasonal re-appearance in their United Rugby Championship (URC) fifth (...)

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(...)

Jack O’Donoghue switches from openside to blindside and captains a young Munster side against Scarlets. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Scarlets v Munster, Parc y Scarlets, Sunday, 2pm - Live RTÉ 2, S4C, Premier Sports 1 Johann van Graan and the Munster think tank have previously been(...)

Adam Byrne returns for his first Leinster game in 22 months due to hamstring and quad injuries. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

Leinster v Zebre, RDS, Saturday, 1pm – Live on RTÉ 2, Premier Sports 2 What Leinster may lack in cohesion as a result of Leo Cullen making 13 changes(...)

Ben O’Donnell makes his first start of the season for Connacht in the home game against the Dragons at the Sportsground on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Connacht v Dragons, Sportsground, Saturday , 5.15pm – Live on: TG4, S4C, Premier Sports 2 After welcoming back their supporters to the Sportsground l(...)

Jason Jenkins at Munster Rugby squad training  in UL, Limerick on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster’s options in personnel terms will increase further following confirmation that summer signing Jason Jenkins could make his debut for the provi(...)

Ulster’s Nathan Doak beats Fraser Brown of Glasgow Warriors to score his side’s fifth try in their URC game at Kingspan Stadium on September 24th. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

ZEBRE v ULSTER Saturday October 2 Venue: Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma. Kick-off: 6.15pm local time/5.15pm Irish. On TV: Live on Premier Sports 2 an(...)

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