Keith Earls

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Simon Zebo runs in a try for Munster against Castres. The winger would be part of Ireland’s Six Nations squad if it was picked on merit. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A striking feature of Munster’s backline on Sunday was that all bar one are in Ireland’s 36-man squad for the forthcoming opening rounds of the Six Na(...)

Leinster’s Jordi Murphy, James Lowe and Josh van der Flier applaud their fans after the Champions Cup win over Montpellier. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a curious weekend where the standard of rugby was occasionally compromised by adverse weather and perhaps a little pressure and anxiety that cr(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “Momentum is a huge factor to their [Castres] game and it is something that is difficult to stop when they get it.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Castres, Sunday, Thomond Park, 1pm - Live Sky Sports   One always somehow suspected Munster would earn the bonus point which kept the(...)

 Jordan Larmour: impressive form with Leinster could see him win a place in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations games. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pedigree counts in the European Champions Cup; it always has. Take the 77th-minute decision by Racing to go for another three-pointer rather than seek(...)

Munster coach Johann van Graan and CJ Stander after their 30-34 defeat to Racing. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s ironic in some ways that Rassie Erasmus seemingly tried to lure Felix Jones to South Africa, for the signs are that Jones’s influence has already(...)

In what was a largely excellent weekend for the Irish provinces, Leinster, Munster and Ulster in the Champions Cup with the prospect that the other pr(...)

Racing 34 Munster 30 A surreal setting for a slightly surreal game. Munster had more than enough of it, and certainly more than enough chances, but w(...)

Connacht’s Niyi Adeolokun and Tiernan O’Halloran in action against Munster’s Simon during Munster’s 39-13 win at Thomond Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 39 Connacht 13 Defence was arguably the key constituent in Munster’s five-try, bonus-point win at a bitterly cold Thomond Park, a victory tha(...)

Munster’s Keith Earls in training in Limerick. The winger has   been laid low in recent days with the bug. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster hope that a tummy bug that has swept through the camp will have run its course before they meet Ulster in their Pro14 derby game in Belfast. (...)

Leinster’s Jordan Larmour’s steps  Ian Keatley of Munster on the way to scoring his side’s fourth try during the Guinness Pro 14 game at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 24 Leinster 34 Leinster underlined their unrivalled strength in depth by storming Munster’s Thomond Park fortress with a much changed t(...)

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