Racing 92’s Simon Zebo is tackled by Ben Tapuai of Harlequins during the Heineken Champions Cup match at the  Twickenham Stoop in December. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It is a measure of Simon Zebo’s desire to not only reclaim his place in the Munster jersey but the Irish one as well that he has, as Johann van Graan (...)

Munster’s Gavin Coombes, CJ Stander and JJ Hanrahan dejected after the  Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 loss to Toulouse at  Thomond Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So Munster exit another Champions Cup, an anti-climax made all the more acute by coming up one game short against Leinster again in the Pro 14 final a(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and senior coach Stephen Larkham. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

I do not like Munster. This is my politically correct opinion. Always liked the people, love the south west coast, but not the club. The only reason (...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham during a training session at UL on Tuesday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Some defeats are easier to push aside than others and for Munster none linger for longer, or more painfully, than the losses to Leinster. Despite bei(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony is tackled by Rhys Ruddock and Scott Fardy of Leinster during the Guinness Pro 14 Final at the RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony remains a significant doubt for their last 16 Heineken Champions Cup game against Toulouse at Thomond Park on Saturday (...)

Luke McGrath celebrates after Jack Conan’s try against Munster. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster 16 Munster 6 Yet more new ground broken by Leinster, as they secured a fourth successive Pro14 title, albeit this record sixth successive wi(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan and Joey Carbery in training ahead of Friday night’s Pro14 clash. Photograph: Inpho

Peter O’Mahony supplied an unusually bountiful sprinkle of crumbs in his contract acceptance speech on Thursday morning. “There’s a huge amount of re(...)

 Ireland’s Keith Earls and Peter O’Mahony: both players have been offered new contracts with the IRFU. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Keith Earls is believed to have agreed a new one-year deal with the IRFU to remain with Munster for at least another season and others among the seven(...)

Tullamore RFC vs Bangor RFC last February. The AIL has been on ice for almost a year now. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

At his end-of-year briefing with the media when this reporter asked David Nucifora about the club game, the Union’s high performance director said: “I(...)

JJ Hanrahan kicked Munster to an improbable victory over Clermont/ Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

When JJ Hanrahan and Jack Carty catch each other’s eyes at the Sportsground tomorrow before the crunch Conference B meeting between Connacht and Munst(...)

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