Billy Vunipola

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Munster’s Ian Keatley passes the ball as Saracens’ Owen Farrell moves in. The two sides meet again this weekend in the European Champions Cup. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

If it’s January in Europe then Munster have to be fighting for their lives. However, even by their standards, Munster are in a particularly tricky pic(...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens. Vunipola will be one of Munster’s main challenges when they face Saracens at Allianz Park. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

“They are demanding . . . not necessarily demanding of the finest rugby skills but they are demanding of passion . . . They want to see you wear your (...)

Peter O’Mahony in action during a squad training session at University of Limerick yesterday. “Pressure’s a good thing, especially putting it on yourself. It’s important.” Photograph: Inpho

Next to being the Munster head coach, in a season-defining, make-or-break week such as this, the pressure is perhaps most acute on the Munster captain(...)

 Ben Morgan of Gloucester is stretchered off after breaking a leg  during the Aviva Premiership match against  Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England number eight Ben Morgan looks set to miss the entire Six Nations after breaking his leg in Gloucester’s Aviva Premiership victory over Sarace(...)

Owen Farrell  is congratulated by his Saracens team-mates after going over for a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Sale Sharks  at the AJ Bell Stadium  in Salford. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Champions Cup round-upPOOL 5 - Ospreys 19 Racing Metro 19Centre Josh Matavesi scored a try five minutes from time to keep alive Ospreys’ European Cham(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola in action against Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

England number eight Billy Vunipola has been replaced by Thomas Waldrom in the squad preparing for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia beca(...)

England captain cuts a dejected figure at Twickenham last week. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A handsome new book entitled Behind the Rose has just been published, largely based on the testimonies of some of the 1,368 men who have represented E(...)

New Zealand captain Richie McCaw scores his side’s second try against England  despite the attempts of Dylan Hartley. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England 21 New Zealand 24England’s ambition of issuing a statement of intent ahead of next year’s World Cup was crushed by a losing start to their aut(...)

Munster prop David Kilcoyne after scoring his side’s try in the European Rugby Champions Cup game against Saracens at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster 14 Saracens 3New tournament, same old Munster and now same old Thomond Park as well. After a few hiccups hereabouts in the league towards the (...)

Munster’s CJ Sander carries the ball despite Chris Cusiter of Sale tackling during the European Champions Cup Round One game at AJ Bell Stadium. Photograph: Inpho.

Scarcely six days after facing their latest moment of truth, Munster brace themselves for another potentially season-defining game. Even in the Heine(...)

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