Munster’s Sam Arnold: how he  fares against Will Addison promises to be an interesting midfield battle. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pro 14: Ulster v Munster Kick off: 7.35pm, Friday. Venue: Kingspan Stadium. On TV: Eir Sport and Premier Sports. Sibling ri(...)

Conor Murray is back in the Munster squad this weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made eight changes from the side that defeated Benetton Treviso for Saturday evening’s clash with Connach(...)

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus says he has no plans to make any additions to his management team in the off-season. Erasmus was brought to the province(...)

Josh van der Flier during Ireland training at Carton House on Monday. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It’s difficult to extract the Conor O’Shea factor and his influence on how Italy meets the Irish challenge in Rome on Saturday. The new Italian coach,(...)

Rhys Ruddock suffered injury against Harlequins in the Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rhys Ruddock’s truncated season has been ended by a recurrence of the arm problem which has sidelined him for all but two games since mid-December.(...)

Tommy O’Donnell breaks away from the Italian defence to score Ireland’s second try at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

I start where I left off on Friday – patient play with green grass field position in mind, allied to Italy’s non-engagement in the breakdown, will pro(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray in action: the scrumhalf has  been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Saturday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Conor Murray and Dave Kearney, two constants in last season’s victorious Six Nations side, have been passed fit to play against Italy in Rome this Sat(...)

Munster hammered Sale Sharked 65-10 in their final Champions Cup group game but were already out of the competition. (Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley admitted his side’s 65-10 thumping of Sale at Thomond Park felt “bittersweet” as their hopes of making the European (...)

 Andrew Smith makes his Munster debut tomorrow. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Munster have been unable to select short-term signing Eusebio Guinazu for tomorrow’s opening Pro 12 fixture against Edinburgh at Thomond Park.The Arg(...)

Stuart McCloskey: the highly-rated Ulster centre will be in action for Emerging Ireland against Russia. Photo: Kevin Boyes/Inpho/Presseye

Ireland’s participation in the IRB Nations Cup – they played in the Tiblisi Cup last year – is fundamentally to secure a competitive outlet for what m(...)

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