Tadhg Beirne returns from injury to partner Fineen Wycherley in the Munster  secondrow for the game against Connacht on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster v Connacht, Aviva stadium, Sunday, 3.0 – Live on Eir Sport, deferred coverage on TG4 Munster will require a couple of points from Sunday’s ga(...)

Quinn Roux is set to return to the Connacht fold against Munster this weekend. Photograph: Connacht/Inpho

Connacht coach Andy Friend is sticking to his plan to name a different starting XV for Sunday’s Pro14 fixture against Munster at the Aviva Stadium. A(...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery is tackled by Andrew Porter of Leinster during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park in December of last year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster coach Johann van Graan has refused to speculate about a possible return date for Joey Carbery after the outhalf’s injury nightmare took its la(...)

Jack Crowley has received some advice on his game from Ronan O’Gara. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

The rugby posts stand like sentinels in the paddock adjoining his family home in Innishannon and that’s where Jack Crowley can be found at some point (...)

Andy Friend has named his Connacht  team for Sunday’s Pro14 match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Irish internationals Ultan Dillane and Dave Heffernan have both been included in Connacht’s squad to face the Southern Kings on Sunday in Port Elizabe(...)

Connacht head coach Andy Friend will be without Dave Heffernan, Ultan Dillane and Gavin Thornbury on Friday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht head coach Andy Friend has made four changes to his starting team to face Edinburgh in the Pro14 at Murrayfield on Friday (kick off: 7.35pm).(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

James Lowe’s Leinster are already through to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

January gets a terrible press but it’s really not all bad - especially as the new year brings with it the business end of the Champions Cup pool stage(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Robin Copeland of Connacht during their  Pro 14 match at the RDS. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 Not four years ago these teams faced off in a Pro 12 final at Murrayfield. Connacht deservedly and joyously prevailed. On(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose scores his team’s seventh try against Connacht. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 54 Connacht 7 “James, come off now!” commanded doctor to limping lock. James Ryan damaged his calf - and possibly exacerbated it with two t(...)

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