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Munster’s Denis Leamy gets tackled by Leo Cullen and Louis Deacon of Leicester in Munster’s Heineken Cup pool defeat in 2007. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pat Howard’s Leicester Tigers stand alone as the only English club team to defeat Munster at Thomond Park in a round six pool match (13-6) in the Hein(...)

 Geordan Murphy: “There’s always pressure. My good buddy James Ferris always told me, ‘Pressure is for tyres’. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

In early September Geordan and Anneka were christening Rex’s little brother Oscar when the Leicester board came calling. Matt O’Connor had been sacke(...)

The signs do not augur well for Steve Smith and in terms of Cricket Australia’s  ultimate response to the crisis.

Steve Smith looks set to be permanently stripped of the Australian captaincy and could face a ban of up to a year from representing the country follow(...)

Munster players contemplate their second Heineken Cup final defeat in three seasons as Leicester’s Neil Back celebrates at the end of the 2002 final at the Millennium Stadium. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Two titans collide again. Were Munster to look across the water for a mirror image of themselves it would probably be Leicester, and vice versa. These(...)

Ulster’s Ian Humphreys: “You have to fight that bit harder for recognition and respect, not in a bad way, but you know you are on your own.” Photograph: Darren Griffiths/Presseye/Inpho

The last decade has shown that club loyalty in rugby is only as strong as the contract. The business of sport has ensured that. Leaving, as Johnny Se(...)

Ronan O’Gara of Munster kicks the winning penalty during the Heineken Cup Match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on October 22nd, 2006, in Leicester. Photograph: Getty Images

A curious anomaly of European matches between the Leicester Tigers and Munster is that the home side has yet to be victorious. Leaving aside the Tig(...)

Munster hammered Sale Sharked 65-10 in their final Champions Cup group game but were already out of the competition. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley admitted his side’s 65-10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt “bittersweet” as their hopes of making the European (...)

Simon Zebo scored twice in a man of the match performance as Munster thrashed Sale Sharks 65 10 at Thomond Park. (Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Munster 65 Sale Sharks 10Munster scored a staggering 52 points in the second half to transform a largely mundane and patchy performance in the first 4(...)

 Munster’s Paul O’Connell is hit hard by Saracens number eight  Billy Vunipola at Allianz Park.  Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Saracens 33 Munster 10It was hard to describe this as the day the light went out because in truth Munster barely flickered. Saracens dominated for lon(...)

keith Earls has recovered from an injury sustained on Ireland duty and is in the Munster squad for the Pro 12 trip to Parma to play Zebre. (Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy)

Keith Earls has been named in the Munster squad for tomorrow’s trip to Italy to play Zebre, with James Cronin also coming back into the fold.Earls inj(...)

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