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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(...)

Scott Fardy (right) with Leinster clubmate Cian Healy and Munster’s Conor Murray  (left) at the RDS last weekend. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The photograph of Scott Fardy at the Leinster Hurling Championship round robin match between Dublin and Wexford prompted an initial barrage of questio(...)

Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

Leinster 24 Munster 9 Leinster still have one hand on one of their trophies. Munster brought their kitchen sink to a typically full-on derby but the (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier completes the latest of his remarkable swift comebacks, this time from a groin operation. Photograph: Lazlo Geczo/Inpho

Guinness Pro14 semi-final preview Leinster v Munster Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin. Kick-off: 2.30pm. On TV: Live on Eir Sport and Premier Sports. For th(...)

Scrum coach John Fogarty is leaving the province after the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/EPA

As the magnifying glass is passed over some of the areas in which Leinster were beaten by Saracens in last weekend’s Champions Cup final, management b(...)

 Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores their second try. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

The two were so far ahead of the rest it wasn’t funny. The runners-up will feel they couldn’t have done a whole lot more and took the champions to the(...)

Munster backs and attack coach Felix Jones and forwards coach Jerry Flannery: leaving the province after 10 and 14 years of service, respectively. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster’s loss is set to be Ulster’s gain as Bill Johnston moves to Belfast. This could become a reversal of fortunes following the impact Chris Farre(...)

 Luke McGrath of Leinster clears the ball upfield during their Champions Cup final  match against Saracens  at St James’ Park  in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on Saturday. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster’s crestfallen players trooped disconsolately from the dressing-room to the awaiting team bus, a crowd of 100 or so supporters remaining to ch(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola scores a try despite the efforts of Leinster’s James Lowe and Luke McGrath in the Heineken Champions Cup final. Photograph: Billy Stickland

Leinster 10 Saracens 20 What was feared duly transpired. This wasn’t quite on the scale of England’s win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Februar(...)

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