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Connacht’s Caolin Blade looks set to be included in the Ireland squad for the opening two Six Nations matches. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Caolin Blade, the uncapped 24-year-old Connacht scrumhalf, is set to be included in the Irish squad for their defence of the forthcoming Six Nations w(...)

Jason Woodward of Gloucester is tackled by Joey Carbery of Munster during the Heineken Champions Cup match between the teams at Thomond Park on October 20th Photograph: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto/Getty

Heineken Champions Cup Pool Two, Gloucester v Munster Venue: Kingsholm Stadium Kick-off: 7.45pm On TV: Live on BT Sport Ever the drama kings, Munste(...)

Conor Murray: “They are a passionate team; big set piece, big lineout maul, scrum game and they are going to be probably a little bit hurt especially scrum-wise from last weekend.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Castres Olympique v Munster, Stade Pierre Fabre (5.30, Irish time, live on BT Sport) A bristling rivalry, occasionally biting in aggression, is as mu(...)

Joey Carbery and Conor Murray during Munster training. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Joey Carbery has been named at outhalf in the Munster team for Saturday’s Champions Cup clash away to French champions Castres Olympique at Stade Pier(...)

 Munster’s CJ Stander scores a try against Castres in his side’s 30-5 win   at Thomond Park on Sunday. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On another day Munster would surely have translated their superiority into a fourth, bonus-point try or even more. Nonetheless, Johann van Graan decla(...)

Chris Farrell and Joey Carbery during Munster training ahead of their Champions Cup meeting with Castres. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

No teams have met more often in the history of the Heineken Champions Cup than Munster and Castres. The former boast a 10-3 record against the reigni(...)

Conor Murray has not featured so far this season. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Conor Murray is back on the Munster matchday squad for Sunday’s Pro14 encounter with Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi. Murray’s last competitive ac(...)

Joe Schmidt's Ireland squad just announced for the four-match November window represents a significant landmark on the road to the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No less than last summer’s tour, the announcement of the 42-man squad for the forthcoming four-match November window felt like a significant landmark (...)

Joey Carbery celebrates scoring Munster’s third try in the victory over Gloucester at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster 36 Gloucester 22 A Pyrrhic victory when weighed against the serious injuries suffered by Tommy O’Donnell, Rhys Marshall and Dan Goggin, bu(...)

Danny Cipriani’s shoulder makes contact with Rory Scannell’s face, leading to a red card for the Gloucester player at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s there in black and white. “In both the tackle and cleanout a player must not make contact with an opponent above the line of the shoulders.” The (...)

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