Conor Murray practices his goal-kicking in Bordeaux. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster encountered hotter conditions than they expected for their Captain’s Run at the Stade Chaban Delmas in Bordeaux on Saturday. Head coach Johann(...)

Stuart McCloskey is recalled to the Ireland starting lineup 20 months after his debut against England. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Opportunity knocks on a grand scale, because opportunities like this are rare enough. Rarely has such an untried Irish team been pitched into the Test(...)

Argentina players celebrate after their third try during a World Cup quarter final victory against Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty/AFP

Defeats rankle with Joe Schmidt but none of them are on the scale of the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Argentina. Despite a manifest and unnecessa(...)

Simon Zebo:  the fullback has announced his departure from Munster, almost certainly to Racing 92, and this may mean he will be excluded from the Ireland squad. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

This will tell a tale. As Simon Zebo’s departure from these shores at the end of the season, almost certainly to Racing 92, still reverberates, if the(...)

Munster’s Duncan Williams in action against Glasgow.The experienced scrum-half has proved a capable deputy to Conor Murray. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus exudes an implacable calm which, if replicated by his players, would suggest Munster are in a good place mentally ahe(...)

Conor Murray has not done contact work for four weeks. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As is invariably the case in the European Champions Cup, the cream keeps rising. So it was that the four semi-finalists all took care of domestic mat(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander: ‘We’re all competing in the backrow, but we’re all good mates and we want to see each other perform.’ Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve done the yard yakka with back-to-back away wins to secure their place in the last eight of the European Cup for the 16th time in the last 19 s(...)

Jaco Taute’s stay at Munster has been extended until the end of the season. Photograph: Inpho/ Tommy Dickson

Munster’s hopes of continuing their fine form into the new year have been boosted with the news Jaco Taute’s stay with the province has been extended.(...)

Ireland team manager Mick Kearney. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This November series is Mick Kearney’s last stint as Irish manager. Having taken over from Paul McNaughton in January 2012, he has worked al(...)

Munster’s Rory Scannell scores the winning drop goal. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster 14 Munster 15 A monumental effort by Munster, in every sense, and in its own way another monumental win. Like a dog with a bone, Ulster couldn(...)

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