Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus: “If we play like we played last weekend we won’t get points out of this game.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Facing into what could be his final European Champions Cup game at Thomond Park against Racing 92 next Saturday (kick-off 5.30), Rassie Erasmus admits(...)

Simon Zebo: “Munster Rugby is the creme de la creme when it comes to club rugby and I’m very happy to be spending my time here.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Simon Zebo dropped the broadest hint yet that he is about to accept a new contract from Munster, which is substantially improved on his existing deal (...)

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne scores a try during the  Champions Cup match against Castres at  Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A mistake-riddled 17-all draw in Castres prevented Munster from emulating their fellow Irish provinces and thus providing a clean sweep of four wins o(...)

 Munster’s Peter O’Mahony claims a lineout during rhe European Champions Cup clash against Castres at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

No harm to have an incoming new “head coach” in Johann van Graan to take the focus off Munster’s performance in Castres. Avoiding defeat in the south(...)

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus before their Champions Cup clash with Castres Olympique. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rassie Erasmus refused to provide clarity on his return date to South Africa despite his lawyer Frikkie Erasmus stating that the 45-year-old is due to(...)

South African Johann van Graan has been appointed as the new Munster head coach. Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

New Munster coach Johann van Graan comes highly recommended on a contract up to June 2020. The honest Rassie Erasmus recently stated he wanted van Gra(...)

Johann van Graan will take over as Munster’s new Director of Rugby. Photo: Getty Images

The Springboks’ assistant coach Johann van Graan will succeed Rassie Erasmus as the Munster Director of Rugby. The Irish Times has learned that van Gr(...)

 South African coach Allister Coetzee, seen here talking to Springbok captain   Adriaan Strauss after the third Test against Ireland last summer, has been retained as coach following a review process.  Photograph: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa have retained beleaguered head coach Allister Coetzee following a review of the worst season in the country’s Test history in 2016, SA R(...)

The  Ireland squad  during a training session at Westerford High School below the Table Mountain  in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

It’s winter in Cape Town but these things are relative. A fully fit Irish squad conducted their first training session in the sumptuous surrounds of W(...)

New Zealand perform the haka before the start of the quarter-final against France at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

This could easily have been the final, but ever since the draw was made in December 2012, this one loomed as the day the Twickenham earth might shudde(...)