A fit Joey Carbery will be a huge boost for Munster when the season gets back underway. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This week the Heineken Champions Cup organisers are expected to confirm the dates and kick-off times for the quarter-finals on the third weekend of Se(...)

Munster’s Arno Botha receives a red card from referee Roman Poite late in the Heineken Champions Cup game against Saracens at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Conditions in what was ultimately a scoreless second half at Thomond Park were so horrendous that according to Munster head coach Johann van Graan and(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony wins a high ball ahead of Hanno Dirksen of Ospreys during the Heineken Champions Cup match at the  Liberty stadium in  Swansea. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony was reasonably satisfied as the Irish province returned home from the Liberty stadium with a four try, bonus-point vict(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander runs at Scotland’s Sean Maitland during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Yokohama. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There was much to admire in Ireland’s hard-nosed and ruthlessly emphatic 27-3 victory over Scotland, not least the vindication of the team selection, (...)

Ireland’s players bow to applaud fans after the Rugby World Cup  Group A victory over Scotland in Yokohama. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

All of the doubts and all of the fears just evaporated in the warm rain of Yokohama as Ireland got back to what they have done supremely throughout th(...)

Munster’s Tadhg Beirne is tackled by  James Tracy with Jack McGrath during the Guinness Pro 14 game at the  Aviva stadium. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Mitigating circumstances for Stephen Archer. Tadhg Furlong recently spoke about a tighthead’s state of mind, or lack thereof, moments after pounding (...)

Munster’s Joey Carbery scores a try during the Guinness Pro 14 match against Ospreys in Cork. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 49 Ospreys 13 It took just 21 minutes for Joey Carbery to endear himself to Munster fans in his first Guinness Pro14 start at Musgrave Park o(...)

Reflecting ruefully on Ireland’s missed chances in their first defeat in 13 Test matches after the 18-9 defeat to the Wallabies in the first Test at S(...)

Craig Gilroy scores a try for Ulster during the province’s Guinness Pro14 European Champions Cup playoff match against Ospreys at  Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ulster salvaged a troubled and largely forgettable season by securing the Guinness Pro14’s seventh and last place in next season’s European Champions(...)

Leinster’s Max Deegan and team-mates celebrate winning a penalty in the final moments of the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against Munster at the  RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So long Simon Zebo, and Gerbrandt Grobler. Leinster denied the outdoing Munster pair a romantic farewell against Scarlets in next weekend’s Pro 14 fin(...)

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