Munster head coach Johann van Graan: “We have got a long way to go. We have got a bit of confidence at this stage but every week is different.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Never mind not having a pre-season in which to bed in his methods and philosophy, this week Johann van Graan has been pitched in at the deep end. Afte(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls during training ahead of their Champions Cup clash with Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster have been boosted by the return to full training yesterday of Keith Earls and Niall Scannell, with loosehead James Cronin also returning to mo(...)

  Leicester Tigers coach Matt O’Connor  accused French referee Jerome Garces of failing to punish Munster and Conway for their lack of “a duty of care” to the Tongan fullback. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Two serious accusations from Matt O’Connor. The Leicester Tigers coach believes Munster were allowed to play “cynical” rugby en route to their 33-10 v(...)

Munster skipper  Peter O’Mahony celebrates scoring a try against Leicester  with Rory Scannell, Conor Murray and Alex Wootton. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leicester Tigers coach Matt O’Connor called Munster “cynical” in the aftermath of this 33-10 home victory at Thomond Park. “You can’t come here and b(...)

 Conor Murray  in action for Munster during the European Rugby Champions Cup match last year against  Leicester Tigers. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Munster  v Leicester, Thomond Park, Saturday, 7.45pm (BT Sport) Lest old acquaintances be forgot. For the third December running these two-time (...)

Chris Cloete makes his Champions Cup debut for Munster at openside flanke for the visit of Leicester to Thomond Park. Photograph:  Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

New Munster coach Johann van Graan brings in five international players among six changes in his side for Saturday night’s Champions Cup match against(...)

Owen Williams of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Keith Earls  and Jaco Taute of Munster during the European Rugby Champions Cup match  at Welford Road in December 2016. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

This weekend in rugby’s Champions Cup there is something of a “reverse Brexit”, so to speak, taking place in that three English clubs – the Exeter Chi(...)

 Peter O’Mahony: “It’s professional sport, it’s a short career, and as I said hopefully it will be done by the New Year one way or the other.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony hopes to agree and sign an improved IRFU national contract before January 1st. Otherwise, the Ireland flanker will move(...)

PRO14: Munster’s Darren Sweetnam, Robin Copeland and JJ Hanrahan celebrate after Rory Scannell scored his side’s fourth try against Ospreys. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 36 Ospreys 10 Munster coach Johann van Graan says his new squad will have their depth tested massively over the coming weeks, with just fit l(...)

Munster’s Chris Cloete scores thier third try. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 36 Ospreys 10 Munster’s new head coach Johann van Graan enjoyed a winning home debut at Musgrave Park where the under-strength Ospreys were b(...)

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