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Ian Costello has been preparing Munster for Sunday’s Champions Cup opener against Wasps . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When Munster and Ian Costello agreed that he rejoin the province as academy manager for the start of the current season after three years as the defen(...)

Munster’s rugby lacked precision, variety, skill, high tempo and competent systems when Johann van Graan arrived. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Being appointed as the head coach to lead a great club with a proud history is an uplifting, humbling and awesome experience. Being appointed as an ‘a(...)

Billy Holland celebrates Munster winning a penalty during the Champions Cup game against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park  in October 2016. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Billy Holland’s decision to retire at the end of the season is prompted in part by the knowledge that he is liable to see less game time next season b(...)

The British and Irish Lions are considering an offer by Australia to host the summer series against South Africa. File photograph: Getty images

Lions v Boks rescued Down Under On the premise that people get the politicians they deserve, the island of Ireland is carrying very bad karma into th(...)

Tendai Mtawarira of the Cell C Sharks is tackled by Malcolm Marx (L) and Tyrone Green (R) of the Emirates Lions during their Super Rugby clash in April. Photo: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Many of rugby’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone and consider the unintended consequences of South Africa moving to t(...)

 Waratahs coach Rob Penney says if reports are true they risked undermining morale in the game. File photograph: Getty Images

New South Wales Waratahs coach Rob Penney has hit out at reports that Rugby Australia were signing a schoolboy to a multi-million dollar contract, say(...)

Agustin Pichot in action for Argentina against Ireland at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Argentine Revolt Agustín Pichot is rugby union’s best chance of becoming a truly global game. The former Argentinean scrumhalf is challenging the(...)

Ireland and Munster prop John Ryan is ready for his first bit of Rugby World Cup action on Thursday against Russia. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It has, he admits, been a funny old route, but John Ryan is finally about to realise a childhood dream. The 31-year-old becomes Ireland’s oldest Rugby(...)

Jerry Flannery pictured with Rassie Erasmus during his time as Munster director of rugby. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jerry Flannery has an intimate knowledge of South Africa’s coaching team on a personal and professional level, specifically head coach Rassie Erasmus,(...)

Tadhg Beirne: his  incredible engine gets him into situations where an extra set of hands become a vital link. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paddy Johns has no knee cartilage but the 50-year-old remains an iron man. Literally. The former Ireland captain does triathlons in his spare time awa(...)

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