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  Munster’s Alex Wootton scores on of his four tries. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 51 Cheetahs 18 Munster continued their brilliant start to the season and inflicted another big defeat on championship newcomers Cheetahs. It(...)

Captain Tyler Bleyendaal crosses for Munster in the opening half. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster 34 Treviso 3 Munster got the new season off to a flying start with a bonus point win in Cork on a night when they rarely had to stretch thems(...)

Munster’s James Hart in action during  the pre-eason friendly against Worcester Warriors at the  Sixways Stadium, Worcester. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster v Benetton Treviso, Musgrave Park (7.35, live on TG4) Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has picked a youthful side for the province(...)

 Iain Henderson (Ulster), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 season at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From a Pro14 press release: “It promises to be a sensational season . . . ” Guinness and Sky Sports certainly hope so. The good folk behind Europe’s (...)

 Rassie Erasmus: “Apart from the traditions of the game, I really think the game off the field is almost like any other career.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus has said that last season, given the tragic death of former coach Anthony Foley, was much more difficult to deal with th(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’  Ian Madigan will be leaving the French Top 14 for English Championship side Bristol. Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

(Irish exiles James Coughlan, Michael Noone and Peter Lydon talk about playing and life abroad)  The annual migration of Irish rugby’s wild gees(...)

 JJ Hanrahan is to return to  Munster after two seasons with Northampton. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

JJ Hanrahan, who has earned five caps with the Emerging Ireland side, is set to return to his home province Munster, with Chris Farrell and James Hart(...)

 Ankle knock: Tommy O’Donnell makes a break against Racing 92. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland flanker Tommy O’Donnell is in a race against time to feature in his side’s crucial Champions Cup tie against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, acc(...)

Bordeaux-Begles’ outhalf Ian Madigan: “I feel really good, I’ve no injuries, it’s a fast track and good weather, a good dry ball, so I was delighted to get out there.” Photograph: Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images

Ian Madigan said that the demands of the French rugby season were going to mean that he will be rotated throughout a gruelling campaign that could run(...)

 Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman: “Connacht themselves are viable candidates for a trophy. Okay, the Challenge Cup is gone for them this year but no-one will want to play against them in the knock-out stages. I wouldn’t like to play against them anyway.”

No less than Pat Lam at Connacht, Bernard Jackman is building something special at Grenoble, and after these two kindred spirits and their like-minded(...)

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