Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and assistant coach Mike Catt look on in the Ireland-Georgia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rejoice for 2021 Like so many others, The Offload is ignoring the three pillars of rugby union (racism, doping and concussion) to focus on a brighter(...)

Graham Rowntree (right) and Steve Thompson (centre) in action during the 2005 Lions tour. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Steve Thompson’s harrowing account of being diagnosed with early onset dementia and his inability to remember anything from winning the World Cup with(...)

Munster’s Seán French scores a try despite the efforts of Zebre’s Pierre Bruno during the Guinness Pro 14 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster have welcomed back their nine-strong international contingent who had varying workloads in the Autumn Nations Cup and now face some difficult (...)

Munster’s Ben Healy converts a penalty to win the Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets at  Parc y Scarlets. Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Inpho

The Munster player’s positive test need not be viewed in a negative light. Training is cancelled so all the plans the coach wanted to put in place thi(...)

Conor Murray in action against Leinster. Munster remained blindly committed to the box kick tho little effect at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Let’s look at these Pro14 semi-finals from two wildly contrasting perspectives: the diehard Ulster(...)

Munster’s Damian de Allende is tackled by Will Connors, Johnny Sexton and Robbie Henshaw of Leinster during the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In November last year Munster hosted Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup. Despite it being only the second game under a revamped coaching ticket f(...)

CJ Stander won three key turnover penalties at the breakdown against Leinster last time out. Leo Cullen’s side  will be looking for improvement in that key area and the lineout in the semi-final. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Guinness Pro14 semi-final: Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, Friday, 7.35pm. Live on Eir Sport 1 and Premier Sports 1. Highlights on TG4 at 9.35pm. (...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne makes a break during the Guinness Pro 14 game against Connacht at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the fall-out of their 27-25 defeat by Leinster last Saturday week when they lost two locks in new signing RG Snyman and Jean Kleyn, there were no m(...)

Damian de Allende in action for Munster during their win over Connacht. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The dice appears to be loaded against Munster, what with the injuries they suffered to both locks, RG Snyman and Jean Kleyn, and prop David Kilcoyne, (...)

RG Snyman training earlier this month at Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The next decision for RG Snyman, Munster’s marquee Springbok signing, is where to spend the next “six to 12 months” rehabilitating his torn anterior c(...)

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