Keith Earls

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Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

Can Paul O’Connell be the answer for Munster? Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Munster’s purgatory Munster will come back stronger says Johann van Graan. Irish rugby needs this to be true. Leinster playing at about 65 per cent (...)

Munster’s Keith Earls, Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander and Chris Farrell dejected at the final whistle of the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against Leinster at the  RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the wake of yet another semi-final loss, the fourth in Johann van Graan’s brief tenure, their head coach cited the 13-7 penalty count against his s(...)

Leinster 24 Munster 9 Leinster still have one hand on one of their trophies. Munster brought their kitchen sink to a typically full-on derby but the (...)

Leinster’s Josh van der Flier completes the latest of his remarkable swift comebacks, this time from a groin operation. Photograph: Lazlo Geczo/Inpho

Guinness Pro14 semi-final preview Leinster v Munster Venue: RDS Arena, Dublin. Kick-off: 2.30pm. On TV: Live on Eir Sport and Premier Sports. For th(...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Joey Carbery faces his old teammates on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With the Six Nations a distant memory, and the Champions Cup done and dusted, there’s just one more bit of business to attend to before the eyes of th(...)

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey with Dave Heffernan of Connacht in their Guinness Pro14 quarter-final match at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on May 4th. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Perusing the Pro14 statistics from an Irish perspective ahead of the weekend’s semi-final matches, one name – Stuart McCloskey – is at, or near, the t(...)

Johann van Graan: “In terms of the playing group, the management and the people involved in Munster rugby we’re going to give it everything we’ve got this weekend.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Saturday’s Pro14 semi-final between Leinster and Munster will assuredly hinge largely on how the former react to their first defeat in a European fina(...)

Johnny Sexton trains ahead of Leinster’s Heineken Cup final clash with Saracens. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It feels like a lifetime ago since Leinster began the defence of their Champions Cup crown with a 52-3 thrashing of Wasps on Friday, October 12th. Th(...)

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