Johann Van Graan

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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(...)

Saracens’ Owen Farrell  apologises to Charlie Atkinson of Wasps after being sent off for a high tackle on him during the Gallagher Premiership  match at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

The England captain Owen Farrell is likely to face a suspension of at least six weeks following the red card he received on the hour in Saracens’ defe(...)

 Leinster’s Jordan Larmour catches a high ball in the first half. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jordan Larmour may have lasted only 46 minutes of Leinster’s 13-3 win before being forced off when failing a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) but during t(...)

Munster’s new signing Damian De Allende on his debut against Leinster. File photograph: Inpho

Rugby World Cup Winner. It has a certain cache to it. It’s an elite group. And the timing of the revelation, along with the two players’ new-found sta(...)

Connacht’s Abraham Papali’i is red carded by referee Frank Murphy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Welcome to Ireland, Abraham Papali’i. This is not the last we shall see of Connacht’s marauding Aucklander, who took the old ‘swing from the hip’ phil(...)

Connacht’s Abraham Papali’i is shown a red card by referee Frank Murphy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 49 Connacht 12 Far from the madding crowd the empty Aviva still produced some serious acts of craziness. Three yellow and two red cards in th(...)

Tadhg Beirne returns from injury to partner Fineen Wycherley in the Munster  secondrow for the game against Connacht on Sunday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster v Connacht, Aviva stadium, Sunday, 3.0 – Live on Eir Sport, deferred coverage on TG4 Munster will require a couple of points from Sunday’s ga(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony wins a lineout ball in their Guinness Pro14 match against Leinster at  Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Relying on bare statistics to inform any post-match analysis generally doesn’t convey the full picture and can, at times, be slightly misleading or la(...)

Leinster’s Garry Ringrose looks to offload as he is tackled by Andrew Conway. Photograph: Inpho

Got the email last Wednesday. Filled in the form. Next came my time to arrive on Saturday for a temperature check. All the precautions you would expec(...)

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