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 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(...)

 Andrew Bryce, the match referee,  reviews a captain’s challenge late in the game  between Munster and Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Last Friday evening, in the final match of the season at Thomond Park, Cardiff restarted the game after Keynan Knox’s converted try had put Munster 31(...)

No Munster player, coach or supporter has ever dreamed of winning the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup, nor targeted the trophy at the outset of the season,(...)

Antoine Dupont in action during Toulouse’s win over Ulster in Belfast in December. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

One of the great maxims of French rugby is that when Toulouse go well so to do Les Bleus. This theory regained credence in the few years when Toulouse(...)

Jack O’Donoghue at Munster Rugby Squad training at  UL, Limerick last Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

MUNSTER RUGBY v TOULOUSE Kick-off 3pm Venue Thomond Park On TV Live on BT Sport It may be a dog-eared script, but it invariably stands up to repeate(...)

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(...)

Craig Casey: “I remember when we won the AIL in 2009, my father was the coach, and going on to the pitch with them all and just seeing the three days of celebrations they had afterwards.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Craig Casey readily admits he set a goal during the first lockdown last year to win his first cap this season. He hasn’t got there yet but being named(...)

Ian Flanagan has faced a number of challenges already in his role as Munster CEO. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One of the major stumbling blocks to a proposed global calendar is that club and provincial rugby would have to break with over a century of tradition(...)

Ulster coach Jono Gibbes speaks to the media on Tuesday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho

News journalists were precluded from attending Ulster Rugby’s weekly press conference at the Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday afternoon at which a coach an(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try against Castres at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster and Munster cannot meet before the final after yesterday’s results contrived to leave them in opposite halves of the knock-out stages in the (...)

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