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Conor Murray: now a very important cog in the Munster machine. Photograph: inpho

Munster v Edinburgh, Tomorrow, Thomond Park 12.45pm (Sky Sports) A year on and same time, same place. Munster are again hosts in the penultimat(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony in action against Gloucester. The side have huge motivation to claim a home Heineken Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sometimes, the hits and the crowd expectation and the gasp-for-breath toughness of European rugby are the easy part of the day. It’s the other stuff t(...)

Munster’s Paul O’Connell was once again named man of the match against Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies paid tribute to the “phenomenal” Paul O’Connell after he inspired Munster’s 20-7 Heineken Cup triumph at Kingsholm that (...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony srambles over the line to score the second try against Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Gloucester 7 Munster 20Munster have won Pool Six of the Heineken Cup with a game to spare. Edinburgh’s inability to get a bonus point against Perpign(...)

Munster’s Dave Kilcoyne in action against Perpignan: the prop knows Gloucester will produce a performance in front of their fans. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dave Kilcoyne raises an eyebrow at the suggestion he might empathise with the Gloucester pack, which suffered the ultimate indignity of being shoved o(...)

Felix Jones in action against Perpignan: the fullback acknowledges wearing the Munster jersey comes with a duty to deliver. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Losing to Ulster in the heart of Belfast is never on Munster’s annual blueprint but coughing up 20 points in just over 30 minutes of play is through-t(...)

Leinster’s Seán O’Brien: his agent Fintan Drury denied that a meeting is scheduled to take place in Toulon this Friday. Photograph: 	Inpho

Seán O’Brien could sign for Toulon as early as this weekend it has emerged.The Irish Times has learned that talks with the European champions are at a(...)

Luke Fitzgerald in action against Castres in their first Heineken Cup Pool One game against Castres Olympique at the RDS. If Leinster end the French side’s year-long unbeaten home record at the Stade Pierre-Antoine on Sunday and Northampton lose in Swansea on Sunday, Leinster will qualify for the knock-out stages.

Now comes the meat of the season, with the decisive final two rounds of the Heineken Cup pool stages over the next two weeks a more than tasty appetis(...)

Munster scrumhalf Conor Murray  is  on the road to recovery. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster should be able to call on scrumhalf Conor Murray for the resumption of their Heineken Cup campaign against Gloucester at Kingholm on Saturday.(...)

Munster’s James Cronin tackled by Fionn Carr last weekend. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster have agreed two-year contracts with James Cronin, John Ryan and Cathal Sheridan that will see them stay with the province until the summer of (...)

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