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Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Doug Howlett is going to leave his role with Munster and return to New Zealand in the autumn. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Doug Howlett has confirmed he is to leave his role as the head of commercial and marketing at Munster in November, ending his 11-year association with(...)

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(...)

Waratahs’ Israel Folau in action during the Investec Super Rugby match against the Blues at  Eden Park in Auckland. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho/Photosport

Australia and New South Wales fullback Israel Folau became the most prolific try-scorer in Super Rugby history on Saturday when he bagged his 60th car(...)

Emma Tester, lead performance nutritionist at Munster Rugby, and Zest! executive chef Danny Miller hand out snack packs to Munster players at Zest! cafe, in Shannon. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene

Shannon-based food company Zest! has signed a three-year deal to provide 15,000 meals a year to Munster Rugby. Zest! will produce all meals for Munst(...)

The Crusaders and Waratahs form a huddle ahead of their Super Rugby clash in Sydney. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty

The Canterbury Crusaders suffered their first Super Rugby defeat in more than a year on Saturday, their desperation to put on good showing for the peo(...)

Crusaders  assistant coach Ronan O’Gara  reacts as Ereatari Enari scores a try during a  training session at Rugby Park in Christchurch, New Zealand, this week. Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Millennials, we can’t live without them. New Zealand rugby is figuring this out the hard way. Generation Y know their worth better than any previous c(...)

David Wallace in action for Munster against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in April 2008. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

David Wallace was an ever-present in Munster’s 2005-06 and 2007-08 Heineken Cup-winning campaigns, since when they have failed to lift the trophy desp(...)

Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee is presented with the man of the match award by Barney McCann after the Pro14 win over Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whenever the provinces sign ‘foreign’ or to use another term ‘non Irish qualified’ (NIQ) players there is occasionally a period of uncertainty before (...)

Ben Smith of the All Blacks makes a break during the win over England at Twickenham Stadium in London last week. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

“I’ve copped stick ever since really,” says Ben Smith turning to smile at Beauden Barrett. The All Black right wing, who started against England last (...)

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