Johann Van Graan

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 Munster’s Fineen Wycherley in action against Leinster’s Ross Molony last month in the Pro14. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Ospreys, Sunday, Thomond Park, 1pm - Live on BT Sport 3 Events today in Lyon and Sale will determine much of the mood music come kick-off i(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: Does he have enough time, the support of his employers and a generation of early-twentysomethings who can reshape Munster in the 2020s? Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster always seek to be judged on results in the Champions Cup. That supersedes multiple excuses that can be made for them in January 2020. Two of (...)

Devin Toner has spoken about being left out of Joe Schmidt’s Rugby World Cup squad. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Toner’s tall tale Nobody wants to flog a dead horse but neither does Devin Toner want the perception to exist that he’s no longer a thoroughbred. Onl(...)

 Munster head coach Johann van Graan reacts during his side’s defeat to Racing at La Defense Arena, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This won’t feel particularly significant for their supporters, for whom Europe is paramount, but if Munster ultimately fail to reach the knockout stag(...)

A dejected Niall Scannell of Munster after the Champions Cup defeat to Racing 92 at the Paris Defense Arena. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Perhaps it takes a rare setback to appreciate Munster’s extraordinary consistency in the Heineken Champions Cup. For just the fourth time in the last (...)

Munster’s JJ Hanrahan will start in the number 10 jersey on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan has been named in the Munster team to face Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday afternoon. Johann van Graan’s squad will go through their final t(...)

Leinster’s Scott Fardy played two of their interpro derbies over the festive period. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ireland’s National Player Management Programme is much admired outside the country, or certainly appears to be given how often it gets an airing from (...)

Ben Healy: could be called upon to fill the outhalf berth if JJ Hanrahan is not fit for Munster’s visit to  Racing 92 in Paris. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Such is the injury jinx that has afflicted Munster’s fabled number 10 jersey of late that their 20-year-old Academy player Ben Healy could be pitched (...)

Johann van Graan: “We always knew this was going to be a tough pool and we learnt quite a lot the last time we were in Paris, two years ago.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Advancing to the semi-finals for the last three successive seasons in the Heineken Champions Cup doesn’t look so bad now. Somehow, the tournament’s k(...)

Jordan Larmour has played a key role in Leinster’s unbeaten start to the season, including their 19-point haul in four Champions Cup games. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

The lights are coming down, the skies are grey and dreary and the Christmas holidays are fading quickly out of view. But fear not - the Champions Cup(...)

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