Jerry Flannery

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Anthony Foley at Munster training  at UL on October 13th of last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The boys have incorporated Axel into a lot of things we do. It’s not something we talk every now and then about, and it’s not something I’m saying to (...)

Gerbrandt Grobler: the new lock is doubtful for Munster’s opening Pro 14 game against Worcester Warriors. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster scrum coach Jerry Flannery says the announcement during the summer that Rassie Erasmus will return to South Africa in December has not impact(...)

 Rassie Erasmus: “Apart from the traditions of the game, I really think the game off the field is almost like any other career.” Photo:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus has said that last season, given the tragic death of former coach Anthony Foley, was much more difficult to deal with th(...)

“It’s not that I don’t know how to do it? It’s just that it’s never come up before. I mean, everyone knows the words to, ‘Ten, nine, eight, seven, six…’ don’t they? But who has ever had to count backwards from 20 before?”

The anaesthetist is a total knockout – no pun intended. “Now,” she goes, “when I give you the injection, I want you to count backwards from 20.” I’(...)

'It’ll be like Oliver Plunkett’s head. People will travel from miles around to see Ross O’Carroll-Kelly’s hip.'

The goys all know that something’s wrong – as in, I’m not my usual self? The LinkedIn women’s tag rugby team walked into Kielys an hour ago and I have(...)

“Ross, how long have you had problems with your hip? I’ve been listening to that thing clicking for 10 years or more.”

So I’m standing on the stairs of a gaff in technically Cornelscourt, trying to reassure this nice couple that the property morket isn’t going to colla(...)

Rassie Erasmus is to leave Munster at the end of December. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is to leave the province at the end of December. Also leaving Thomond Park is defence coach Jacques Nienaber(...)

Kyle Sinckler scrums down with Sam Warbuton, Rory Best and Joe Marler during British and Irish Lions training in Auckland. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

About the nearest squad member to come under the tag of a bolter is the 24-year-old Harlequins tighthead Kyle Sinckler. He makes his first start for t(...)

Saracens’ Mako Vunipola and Dave Kilcoyne of Munster at the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-final at the  Aviva Stadium in April. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A little disappointment in life can go a long way, providing a bottomless source of motivation if stripped bare of self-pity. Dave Kilcoyne understan(...)

Paul Wallace played all three Lions Tests in South Africa in 1997 having been called up as a replacement. Photograph: Bily Stickland/Inpho

It’s a nervous time for those players selected to travel with the Lions to New Zealand who are still involved with their clubs and provinces in season(...)

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