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 Munster’s Peter O’Mahony  during their defeat to Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The RDS is the unlikely rugby cathedral where Munster must seek redemption. A redemption desperately required after the Champions Cup semi-final again(...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn is tackled by Edinburgh’s Jaco van der Walt during the semi-final qualifier at Thomond Park. Kleyn is an injury concern for the semi-final against Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Now that this semi-final play-off is out of the way, presumably another weekend’s break and the prospect of playing Leinster at the RDS in the Guinnes(...)

A dejected Conor Murray leaves the pitch after the European  Champions Cup semi-final defeat to Racing 92 at  Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster’s seasons are defined by their exploits in Europe. Since their run to the 2000 final, it’s been ever thus. Their Holy Grail. Their Magnific(...)

Leinster’s Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong tackle  Saracens’ Owen Farrell during the  Champions Cup quarter-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Johnny Sexton booted the ball away like every young boy has done when the invisible referee refuses to punish a filthy hack in the backfield as the et(...)

The Ireland team celebrate winning the Grand Slam at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Consulting, farming, coaching and media darlings aplenty, here are the 2009 Grand Slammers revisited. The campaign got off to a stunning start with J(...)

 Michael Mahoney celebrates scoring Knocknagree’s second goal. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Knocknagree (Cork) 3-13 Multyfarnham (Westmeath) 3-9 A good start proved much more than just half the battle at Croke Park where Knocknagree claimed (...)

Conor O’Shea: 'I believe you can win any game at any time. It doesn’t matter what sport, because it’s two teams.' Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Once again Italy appear to have drawn the short straw. First up they face England in Rome next Sunday, before just a six-day turnaround before playing(...)

Ireland players leave the pitch after their Six Nations defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

What the hell is a good year in Irish rugby anymore? To a large degree, it’s in the eye of the beholder, and whether one is the half glass half full, (...)

CJ Stander during the Lions’ suit fitting at the Hilton Syon Park Hotel, London. Each player is reportedly receiving €82,000 for the eight-week tour with a further €12,000 if they win the Series. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

This week has not stopped. It has been a swirl of action and new experiences for CJ Stander. On Monday, he travelled over to the Vale of Glamorgan res(...)

David Wallace, with support from Mick O’Driscoll, in action against Wasps:  “That bond, you have that for years. You leave and you are leaving that behind.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our notions of them are swollen and oversized. Heroic players, lionised in their 20s, venerated in their 30s and occasionally one or two declared lege(...)

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