Ian Keatley takes the number 10 jersey for the visit of Racing 92. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster v Racing 92, Thomond Park, 5.30, live on Sky Sports Arena  Even by the rather grand benchmark established by Munster’s European Cup Satu(...)

Racing 92’s Anthony Tuitavake and CJ Stander of Munster during the European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1 match at Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster did not complete some sense of closure with Saturday’s re-arranged European Champions Cup win over Racing in Paris, nor would they ever want t(...)

Paul O’Connell, typically, in the thick of the action during Ireland training at Carton House, Maynooth, yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Mentally, this is a tricky one. Ireland go into their penultimate game at home to Italy tomorrow needing a win, e(...)

Ireland’s Brian O'Driscoll sits on the sideline after being sin-binned in the first half of the game against Italy   at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland succumbed to a first defeat to Italy in the Six Nations after an indisciplined afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico when the injury jinx th(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

Castrogiovanni, whose mooted move from Leicester Tigers to Toulon has seemingly fallen through, was forced off in the first half at Twic(...)

Italy’s head coach Jacques Brunel.

As anticipated, Jacques Brunel has decided not to risk Italy ’s iconic and talismanic prop Martin Castrogiovanni or flanker Robert Barbieri, al(...)