Graham Rowntree

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Referee Luke Pearce watches the TMO for a late tackle on Munster’s Simon Zebo. Photograph: Ben Brady/Inpho

If Toulouse lift the Heineken Cup at the end of May in Marseille they’ll know it’s because they got out of jail in downtown Dublin. A quite brilliant (...)

Toulouse forwards follow Antoine Dupont. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A few seasons ago Toulouse had lost their way. Their traditional “Toulousain” style of attacking rugby was deemed by the mindless followers of fashion(...)

Sean O’Brien  in the frame to replace Denis Leamy at Leinster. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Getty Images

Denis Leamy’s impending move to Munster as their new defence coach, following confirmation that Mike Prendergast is also returning to his native provi(...)

 Munster young gun Alex Kendellen:  ‘I’m building confidence with every game.’ Photograph:  Evan Treacy/Inpho

Few Irish rugby players have made as much progress as Alex Kendellen has done this season, going from playing in the Under-20s Six Nations last summer(...)

Bongi Mbonambi celebrates the Sharks’ victory over Leinster.  Photograph: Steve Haag/Inpho

My first Ireland rugby tour was to South Africa in 2004, an experience that proved to be as much a culture shock on the pitch as off. The sheltered li(...)

  Graham Rowntree, who will succeed Johann van Graan  at Munster training on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Graham Rowntree could scarcely conceal his excitement at the though of becoming the new head coach of Munster from next July 11st and has already begu(...)

Graham Rowntree is set to be confirmed as Munster’s new head coach. Photograph: Andy Watts/Inpho

Graham Rowntree is to be confirmed as the next Munster head coach. The province’s current forwards coach has been chosen to succeed the Bath-bound Joh(...)

Munster’s Craig Casey and Shane Daly after the defeat to Leinster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

All the best rugby teams are striving for the same things. An identity. A tight-knit culture. An environment in which words, eventually, are superfluo(...)

 Munster’s Jack Crowley has been selected to play outhalf against Dragons.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster will be expected to extend their winning run to nine games at Thomond Park this evening (5.15pm) when they take on a Dragons side with just on(...)

Munster forwards coach Graham Rowntree says the squad are ready for their trip to South Africa. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster’s staccato season is about to have lift-off, with Saturday evening’s URC game against the Dragons at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.15pm) the precur(...)

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