Keith Earls takes on the Japanese defence during the World Cup at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rumours of Keith Earls’s Test-playing demise may have to be revised. His provincial team-mate, Andrew Conway, may have overtaken him in the Ireland pe(...)

Stephen Larkham is looking forward to wotking with Damian de Allende and  Matt Gallagher next season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Pro 14: Munster v Southern Kings Kick-off: 7.35pm, Friday. Venue: Musgrave Park. On TV: Live on Eir Sport. He only arrived last summer but Step(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Conway scores a try against Samoa in their Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Fukuoka, Japan, in October 2019. Photograph: Jayne  Russell/Inpho

However impatient Andrew Conway might understandably have been when his professional career did not accelerate as quickly as was expected, he’s long s(...)

 Munster’s Fineen Wycherley in action against Leinster’s Ross Molony last month in the Pro14. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster v Ospreys, Sunday, Thomond Park, 1pm - Live on BT Sport 3 Events today in Lyon and Sale will determine much of the mood music come kick-off i(...)

Keith Earls believes it’s time fans stopped comparing them to the Munster team of the glory era over a decade ago and allow the current crop to develo(...)

 Hugo Keenan, Jimmy O’Brien, James Lowe Hugh O’Sullivan, and Ciarán Frawley celebrate Leinster’s victory over Munster at Thomond Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Double champions two seasons ago, within one game of repeating the feat last season and now well on course to be in the knock-out stages of both compe(...)

Felipe Contepomi: “We know historically how they [Munster] play and what it takes to go there and get a result.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Felipe Contepomi appreciates better than most the intense rivalry between Leinster and Munster. During his six years in the blue jersey he placed him(...)

JJ Hanrahan: this run of three games triples his number of previous matches at ‘10’ in the Heineken Cup before this season. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

JJ Hanrahan has had one of the more curious career stories in modern Irish rugby. Opportunity has finally started to knock for a truly rare talent, w(...)

Despite changing times in Irish rugby,  Sexton remains the first name on the team sheet for a competition like the Six Nations. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty

A new era, a new World Cup cycle, a new head coach, a new attack coach, a new hooker and, possibly, a new halfback partnership as well. The changing t(...)

Chris Boyd: the wily Northampton Saints coach has led the club to the top of the Premiership table. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Over the last 20 years Northampton have gone from Heineken Cup champions in 2000, to the bottom of the English Premiership, then into the Heineken Cup(...)

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