CJ Stander

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 CJ Stander  suffered fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket with his first carry in the Six Nations opener against England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

CJ Stander has confirmed that he suffered fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket with his first carry in the Six Nations opener against England, bu(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray  is tackled by Tito Tebaldi of Italy during Sunday’s  Six Nations match  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Johann van Graan doesn’t expect to have Conor Murray back next weekend in an effort to increase his game time. Murray has been struggli(...)

Ireland  number eight CJ Stander suffered a facial injury during the Six Nations opener against  England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Not for the first time Joe Schmidt has earned himself a selection puzzle ahead of Ireland’s second Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday with(...)

Munster’s Arno Botha drives forward against Zebre last week. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli /Inpho

Munster backrow Arno Botha says he is driven to prove himself worthy of a place in the Munster squad for the bigger games and says he delighted to ren(...)

Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad just announced for the four-match November window represents a significant landmark on the road to the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No less than last summer’s tour, the announcement of the 42-man squad for the forthcoming four-match November window felt like a significant landmark (...)

CJ Stander  breaks the line during the first Test against Australia  at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. However  a try failed to materialise as it was deemed he hadn’t successfully grounded the ball. Photograph: Dave Hunt/EPA

Thanks in the main to Johann van Graan, ‘back to zero’ at the start of every new match week has become part of the Irish rugby lexicon. Even Rob Kear(...)

Bundee Aki at Tuesday’s Ireland Rugby press conference, Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It seems safe to presume that no Ireland player will have more familial support on this tour than Bundee Aki, but the way he tells it, this comes(...)

 Donnacha Ryan: “It’s important that I bring the intensity, which is the easiest part of being a rugby player – you love playing. As a job it is fantastic.” Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Incredible just about covers the journey so far. At least Donnacha Ryan won’t know the Leinster calls. In Bordeaux he stood waiting for CJ Stander to(...)

Munster’s Dan Goggin scores a try despite the efforts of Michael Makase of the Southern Kings during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Outeniqua Park in  George, South Africa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Southern Kings 22 Munster 39 Johann van Graan should have been reasonably satisfied with a bonus-point victory following the Guinness Pro14 clash at (...)

CJ Stander during a Munster gym session this week. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster have made 10 changes to their team to take on the Southern Kings for the first time in the Pro14 on Saturday at Oteniqua Park, George (kick-of(...)

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