Leinster’s Isa Nacewa gets past Ronan O’Gara Doug Howlett and Keith Earls of Munster during the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

In the absence of all live sport, supporters of whatever hue have had no choice but to selectively choose from television’s various trips down memory (...)

Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman lifted the padding from the bottom of the visitors’ left-hand upright, as Munster hooker Rhys Marshall drove for the line.

Ever since William Webb Ellis supposedly picked up the leather pill and ran with it, rugby teams have been trying to bend the laws. It’s true of any s(...)

Tadhg Furlong Jonathan Sexton CJ Stander and Bundee Aki celebrate after Saturday’s result Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Not the least extraordinary aspect of the revolution under Joe Schmidt’s watch is not so much how the rest of the world views Irish rugby, but more ho(...)

Tomos Williams of Cardiff Blues scoring a try against Munster at Arms Park, Cardiff.  Photograph: Billy  Stickland/Inpho

If his first half season at the helm, which culminated in two away semi-final defeats, taught Johann van Graan anything it was, he said at the outset (...)

Billy Holland: will be making his 14th European start in a row when he lines up against Racing 92 in Bordeaux. Photograh: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

If at first you don’t succeed and all that. Time was when Billy Holland could scarcely get a look in, what with some fella called O’Connell on the sce(...)

Munster’s Rhys Marshall scores a try against Leicester last Saturday. Munster know well a wounded Tiger can be a dangerous animal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

In the build-up to Sunday’s meeting between Harlequins and Ulster, the former’s Director of Rugby John Kingston recalled a conversation he had with Pa(...)

John Muldoon: “It’s a difficult place to go to . . . Ulster perform really well at home.”  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht’s record in Belfast is so dismal, not even their longest-serving player, John Muldoon, has ever won in the Kingspan Stadium or its previous i(...)

Donncha O’Callaghan with his wife Jenny arriving at the wedding of Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman in 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It may not have been a great weekend for Munster, who were trounced in the final of the Guinness Pro12 by Llanelli Scarlets, but for one of the provin(...)

Munster players contemplate their second Heineken Cup final defeat in three seasons as Leicester’s Neil Back celebrates at the end of the 2002 final at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Two titans collide again. Were Munster to look across the water for a mirror image of themselves it would probably be Leicester, and vice versa. These(...)

Munster welcome back Keith Earls for his first start of the season, after two appearances off the bench. Photograph: James Crombie/ Inpho

If nothing else, this will be a significant test of Munster’s professionalism and of the extent of their supporters’ loyalty. Such has been their cons(...)

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