Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton will start and Ireland Test together for the 55th time against Samoa, equalling the halfback pairing of Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As Typhoon Hagibis already begins to wreak havoc on the final weekend of the pool stages before doing so on Tokyo itself, Ireland’s game against Samoa(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is looking forward to South Africa’s opening Rugby World Cup game against New Zealand on Saturday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

With Australian Stephen Larkham, Irish manager Niall O’Donovan and South African defence coach JP Ferriera, Johann van Graan’s Munster team could be p(...)

 Jannie De Beer of South Africa kicks the fourth of his five drop goals against England in the 1999 World Cup quarter-final  at the Stade de France in Paris. South Africa won 44-21. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/Allsport

Jannie de Beer’s five drop goals in a 44-21 quarter-final victory over England in 1999 was rated as the third greatest moment for the Springboks in a (...)

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham at training on Monday. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

After reaching the semi-finals of both the Heineken Cup and Guinness Pro14 in each of the last two seasons, their newly acquired senior coach Stephen (...)

Joey Carbery: he  had been earmarked for this World Cup in part because he also covered full-back and at a push the role of third choice scrum-half

Nobody died, but it sure as hell felt like someone had. Everyone being dressed in black maybe added to the funereal atmosphere. The news had broken ea(...)

Former Australia outhalf Stephen Larkham has joined the Munster coaching staff. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It has been confirmed that former Australian outhalf Stephen Larkham is to join Munster Rugby as senior coach ahead of the 2019/20 season. The vastly(...)

Ireland U-20 players celebrate Cormac Foley’s try against England during the Six Nations victory  in Cork. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Ireland, the Under-20 Six Nations Grand Slam champions, travel to Argentina for the Junior Rugby World Championship without four of their starting tea(...)

Munster’s Mike Haley is tackled by Rhys Ruddock of Leinster in last Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi-final at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo

Munster are not Saracens. No other club team are capable of doing what Saracens do so effectively. The Champions Cup final proved as much. As did last(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan after the defeat to Leinster in  their Pro 14 semi-final at the  RDS. He  has a point when highlighting that Munster won three more games in the Pro 14 this season than last. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Come May only two teams, and sometimes it’s only one, do enough to lift silverware. For the rest the season generally ends in a defeat or coming up sh(...)

When Ireland used Plan B, via Conor Murray’s boot, the officials deemed the line of England blockers to be legal. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

We now know that Plan C is going to be needed. At an event last week the signature performance of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, so far, was discussed. Beati(...)

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