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Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Johann van Graan: “In terms of the playing group, the management and the people involved in Munster rugby we’re going to give it everything we’ve got this weekend.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final between Leinster and Munster will assuredly hinge largely on how the former react to their first defeat in a European fina(...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

John Fogarty is to leave his role as Leinster scrum coach to join the IRFU as national academy forwards coach. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty is to join the IRFU as national academy forwards coach from July 1st 2019. The former Munster, Connacht and Leinste(...)

Ireland’s Greg O’Shea  after scoring a try against Australia in 2018. ‘The fitness level required for Sevens is insane.’ Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Back in the summer of 2015, the then Munster academy player and current member of the upwardly mobile Ireland Men’s Sevens team, Greg O’Shea, borrowed(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose is tackled by Ulster’s Nick Timoney. The latter has made the most of his opportunities since joining the northern province.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Notes from a monumental European rugby weekend. Part 1 – Ulster’s backstop. With my Leinster cap on it’s a bitter pill to swallow seeing Marty Moore(...)

John Cooney at an Ireland training session at Carton House. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A book on John Charles McQuaid is where this John Cooney interview begins. Published in 1999, the Ruler of Catholic Ireland written by the Ulster scru(...)

Robbie Henshaw has signed a new deal with Leinster and the IRFU until 2022. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU have announced Robbie Henshaw has signed a new contract keeping him at Leinster until June 2022. Ireland centre Henshaw has earned 37 caps s(...)

Noel McNamara: “Taking on that challenge  was exciting. For me it was about trying to create a culture around our defence. I certainly got a buy-in [from the players].  Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Inpho

Noel McNamara has managed to shoehorn a massive workload into the past 12 months. It began from the moment he took over as head coach of the Ireland (...)

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 (...)

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