Rob Herring in training. ‘One of the things I’ve noticed is that where we are now and where we were last season is chalk and cheese,’ he says.

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Jack O’Donoghue at Munster squad training in Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ospreys v Munster, Liberty stadium, 7.35pm, live on TG4, Eir Sport, Premier Sports Jack O’Donoghue makes a welcome return to the Munster match-day 23(...)

Ireland coach Nigel Carolan takes training ahead of his side’s opening Pool A match against Wales. Photo: Inpho

If the Ireland Under-20 players didn’t appreciate that things had stepped up a notch or two after arriving in Manchester on Thursday for the World Un(...)