Munster have a lot to improve on to reach perfection, says coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Perfection is the standard. That’s what the IRFU place lightly upon Johann van Graan’s young shoulders. Blame Joe Schmidt and Rassie Erasmus for the (...)

Conor Murray: “They are a passionate team; big set piece, big lineout maul, scrum game and they are going to be probably a little bit hurt especially scrum-wise from last weekend.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Castres Olympique v Munster, Stade Pierre Fabre (5.30, Irish time, live on BT Sport) A bristling rivalry, occasionally biting in aggression, is as mu(...)

At the Heineken Champions Cup launch in Dublin;  Jarrad Butler (Connacht), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Callum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Peter O’Mahony (Munster), Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) and Ellis Jenkins (Cardiff Blues). Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Pool One      Leinster Coach: Leo Cullen. Last season: Champions. How they qualified: EC champions and Pro14 champion(...)

Grenoble’s James Hart during a pre-season clash with Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James Hart is unlikely to forget the events of the weekend in the Top 14 match between Oyonnax and Grenoble in which he observed at close-hand an opp(...)

Ulster’s Craig Gilroy is tackled by Semi Kutanami of Toulouse: Gilroy returns as fullback for the clash with Oyonnax. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/Presseye/Inpho

Just like Munster today, Ulster are in French must-win territory tomorrow. The difference is that although Oyonnax are only two places behind Stade F(...)

Castres interntaional outhalf and captain Rémi Talès who at the end of this season will join the exodus of key players from the club. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Jack Kerouac once observed “great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads and popular opinion”. The players and management of C(...)