Munster have a lot to improve on to reach perfection, says coach Johann van Graan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Perfection is the standard. That’s what the IRFU place lightly upon Johann van Graan’s young shoulders. Blame Joe Schmidt and Rassie Erasmus for the (...)

Munster’s Chris Farrell is set to miss this weekend’s Champions Cup clash. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Chris Farrell is expected to miss Munster’s trip to Castres on Saturday after pulling out ahead of last Sunday’s win over the Top 14 champions at Thom(...)

Simon Zebo: “Simon looks good to go,” said Erasmus. “I think he will be available this weekend.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After Munster’s media briefing at the University of Limerick, Rassie Erasmus was told that he once played against Reggie Corrigan. “Really, when?” (...)

Leinster’s Cian Healy replaces  Jack McGrath  during the Champions Cup victory  over Montpellier at the RDS. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian Healy has to learn to curb his enthusiasm, even though it’s a natural inclination when disputing a starting jersey on a team where opportunities(...)

Ian Madigan kicks the penalty that put Leinster into a winning lead in  their European Champions Cup match against Castres in France at weekend. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The European Champions Cup hasn’t exactly set the pulses racing just yet, has it? Maybe it was due to the nature of the arm wrestles that the Irish(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip tries to keep possession against Castres Olympique at the Stade Pierre Antoine yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, and it’s left Leinster sitting pretty. The only away team to win in the Stade Pierre Antoine last season, Lein(...)

Leinster’s Jordi Murphy is tackled by Castres’ Brice Dulin and Cedric Garcia during Sunday’s Heineken Cup match at Stade Pierre Antoine. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson has expressed his province’s anger at being pitted with a five-day turnaround into Friday’s game against the O(...)

Luke Fitzgerald in action against Castres in their first Heineken Cup Pool One game against Castres Olympique at the RDS. If Leinster end the French side’s year-long unbeaten home record at the Stade Pierre-Antoine on Sunday and Northampton lose in Swansea on Sunday, Leinster will qualify for the knock-out stages.

Now comes the meat of the season, with the decisive final two rounds of the Heineken Cup pool stages over the next two weeks a more than tasty appetis(...)

Serge Milhas, coach of Castres, looks on during the Heineken Cup defeat of Northampton at the Stade Pierre-Antoine.

It’s a cliché but the current French champions, Castres Olympique, embody the typically French, home and away, Jekyll and Hyde mentality, and this sea(...)