James Downey

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Ulster forwards Rory Best, Callum Black and Dan Tuohy arrive for training at  Pirrie Park in Belfast on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Little/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland hooker Rory Best will make his 150th appearance for Ulster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup Pool 5 decider away to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (...)

Scumhalf Conor Murray will return for Munster this weekend. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Conor Murray will return to the Munster starting XV for Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash with Gloucester at Kingsholm, while Damien Varley has also been (...)

Munster scrumhalf Conor Murray  is  on the road to recovery. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster should be able to call on scrumhalf Conor Murray for the resumption of their Heineken Cup campaign against Gloucester at Kingholm on Saturday.(...)

Seán Dougall is the meat in the sandwich as the Munster man is tackled by Connacht’s Craig Clarke and Dan Parks in last night’s game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

MUNSTER 22, CONNACHT 16Munster scorers: Try: Hanrahan; Con: Hanrahan; Pens: Hanrahan (5)Connacht scorers: Try: Heffernan; Con: Parks; Pens: Parks (3)T(...)

Munster’s James Downey during a hail shower at Thomond Park this evening. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 22 Connacht 16: Munster carved out a workmanlike win over Connacht in a rain-lashed festive derby at Thomond Park.Outhalf JJ Hanrahan maintain(...)

Niall Scannell will make his starting debut for Munster against Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Outhalf JJ Hanrahan is the only Munster player retained in the starting XV from last weekend’s victory over Scarlets for Friday night’s interprovincia(...)

Donnacha Ryan is put through his paces at training earlier this week. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Donnacha Ryan will make his first appearance for Munster since October when Rob Penney’s side bid for back-to-back wins against Perpignan at the Stade(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw in action against Toulouse in their  Heineken Cup match at Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse. Connacht backs have benefited from the solid platform provided by the pack. Photograph: Inpho

Schadenfreude has never entered my sporting mind especially when watching the vanquished. That is until Northampton Saints injured fullback Ben Foden’(...)

Perpignan’s Watisoni Votu tackles Munster’s  Felix Jones in the Pool Six game at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Munster 36, Perpignan 8: Job done and all in all a satisfying outcome for Munster, who blooded some new players at this level and emerged with a bonus(...)

Paul O’Connell training with Munster on Wednesday at CIT in Cork. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell will start just his second RaboDirect Pro12 game of the season after being named in the secondrow for Friday night’s tr(...)

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