Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Brian Hayes: “To get to come back to a club like Con, where you have the core that has been there since I joined . . . it makes a big difference.”Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

When first he gave up on his dreams of playing for Munster and then put aside his aspirations of being a professional rugby player, Brian Hayes could (...)

Devin Toner: “It’s brilliant obviously when you have the confidence of the coaches, it’s really good for your own self-confidence.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Devin Toner will never be taken by his durable achievements.   “I have, to quote Liam Neeson, ‘a certain set of skills’ that I know do well for (...)

Munster’s Jean Kleyn is tackled by Castres’ Tudor Stroe and Daniel Kotze at Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The quarter-final between Munster and Toulon promises to be quite a reunion for the many South Africans in both camps. As well as new head coach Johan(...)

Devin Toner and Iain Henderson at Ireland  squad training in Carton House, Co Kildare. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Even Iain Henderson finds it hard to credit that he made his debut all of five years ago, at the age of 20, in the corresponding Guinness Series opene(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney believes in his underdogs. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster's Stephen Archer will miss the trip to France to face Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup semi-final on Saturday. The prop coul(...)

Ireland Rugby Squad Training, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare 11/3/2013Jonathan Sexton during today's trainingMandatory Credit �INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

The latest glut of injuries in camp Ireland have been offset by Jonathan Sexton being declared “fully fit to train” today after completing four(...)