Johann Van Graan

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Munster’s Mike Haley scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 Rainbow Cup match against Ulster at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster can take a sizeable stride towards claiming the ‘pot’ at the end of the inaugural Rainbow Cup by completing an interprovincial trifecta agains(...)

Scott Fardy: played 76 times over four seasons for Leinster. “Fards is a competitive animal, he doesn’t like losing,” says Guy Easterby. “He’s added so much in terms of mindset and not taking a backward step.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

CJ Stander and Scott Fardy will ride off into the sunset with their legacies assured; Marcel Coetzee will leave some big shoes to fill at Ulster and t(...)

Munster orwards coach Graham Rowntree during training ahead of the Rainbow Cup match against Leinster. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It possibly isn’t stretching things to say that meetings between Leinster and Munster have lost a little of their novelty value during the pandemic. Y(...)

Racing 92’s Simon Zebo is tackled by Ben Tapuai of Harlequins during the Heineken Champions Cup match at the  Twickenham Stoop in December. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It is a measure of Simon Zebo’s desire to not only reclaim his place in the Munster jersey but the Irish one as well that he has, as Johann van Graan (...)

Robbie Henshaw is integral to Leinster’s hopes of beating Exeter on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

And then there were two. Leinster and Ulster are the only provinces left standing in Europe, as we approach the business end of the Champions and Chal(...)

Johaan van Graan’s Munster exited the Champions Cup at the last-16 stage. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster fly on wall needed Another rugby autobiography is needed. Honestly, this is not April fools. Specifically, a tome that lifts the rock on Muns(...)

Of the other 11 matches involving Pro14 teams, the only winners were in the Challenge Cup through Benetton and Ulster away to Harlequins last night. Photograph: Inpho

Leinster will meet the Champions Cup winners and Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs in Sandy Park next Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm) in a game that will(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and senior coach Stephen Larkham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I do not like Munster. This is my politically correct opinion. Always liked the people, love the south west coast, but not the club. The only reason (...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham during a training session at UL on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Some defeats are easier to push aside than others and for Munster none linger for longer, or more painfully, than the losses to Leinster. Despite bei(...)

Luke McGrath celebrates after Jack Conan’s try against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 16 Munster 6 Yet more new ground broken by Leinster, as they secured a fourth successive Pro14 title, albeit this record sixth successive wi(...)

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