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Munster   head coach Johann van Graan:  “The fact that 12 guys decided to stay at Munster – and you look at the quality of the 12 guys – that’s hugely important for the club moving forward.” Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Johann van Graan has hailed Munster’s re-signing of a dozen players as evidence of the province’s progress, prior to Sunday’s first of their pivotal b(...)

Munster have extended 12 of their players’ deals. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster have extended the contracts of 12 of their players, nine of whom are products of the province’s underage or academy pathway. John Ryan, Niall(...)

Chris Farrell: Munster coach Johann van Graan could give the Ireland centre  his first start for the province since January against Edinburgh on  Friday. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster and Ireland centre Chris Farrell predicts Ireland will continue to hit new heights under the leadership of Andy Farrell. The former Grenoble(...)

Ireland’s Tadhg Beirne against the USA. His ability and value is obvious even when the system stuttered as the USA asked some probing questions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

How does one impress? Is it the brilliant individual that forces his way into the RWC 2019 squad? I mused on Friday that an insight into a team’s cult(...)

Ireland’s Garry Ringrose offloads to John Cooney during the autumn international against the USA at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Will Addison Looked comfortable with the ball. Nice reverse flip for Andrew Conway’s second score. Good pace and balance going forward. Didn’t see hi(...)

Garry Ringrose offloads to Andrew Conway for one of his his threee tries during Ireland’s autumn international against the USA at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland 57 USA 14 As with the first of their November quartet of games, Ireland bookended their autumnal programme with another commanding win over T(...)

 Ireland coach Joe Schmidt at a press conference at Carton House, Kildare: “America aren’t going to make anything easy for us.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

After the Lord Mayor’s Ball and all that. No matter what way you look at this game, everything has conspired to really put it up to this group of Iris(...)

Finlay Bealham has been selected to start against the USA. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In making 14 changes from the first Irish side to beat the All Blacks on home soil last week for tomorrow’s meeting with the USA, as expected Joe Schm(...)

Garry Ringrose is the only player from the first XV retained for the match against the Eagles. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As expected, Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named an almost unrecognisable team from the one that beat the All Blacks last weekend for this Saturday’s (...)

Ireland’s Sean Cronin  celebrates with Rhys Ruddock, right, after scoring in their victory over  Italy on Saturday in  Chicago. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

Time was when Ireland used to tango with Argentina on a fairly regular basis, so much so it prompted the former Ireland manager Brian O’Brien to liken(...)

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