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Allen Clarke: his long years at Ulster give the Ospreys coach a unique insight into his club’s rivals on Friday. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

Though the fallout from Ulster’s well-documented off-field issues continues to rumble on, the emphasis of yesterday’s weekly media briefing was purely(...)

Munster head coach Johann van Graan: “We have got a long way to go. We have got a bit of confidence at this stage but every week is different.” Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Never mind not having a pre-season in which to bed in his methods and philosophy, this week Johann van Graan has been pitched in at the deep end. Afte(...)

PRO14: Munster’s Darren Sweetnam, Robin Copeland and JJ Hanrahan celebrate after Rory Scannell scored his side’s fourth try against Ospreys. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster 36 Ospreys 10 Munster coach Johann van Graan says his new squad will have their depth tested massively over the coming weeks, with just fit l(...)

Ospreys’ Rhys Webb is to join Toulon. Photograph: Simon King/Inpho

Rhys Webb has placed his Wales future in doubt after agreeing to join Toulon when his national dual contract expires next summer. The Welsh Rugby Uni(...)

Opening try scorer Francis Saili delivered a man of the match performance on his final Thomond Park appearance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster 23 Ospreys 3 The performance aesthetics won’t matter one whit, the only concern victory. Semi-finals are for winning. Munster accomplished th(...)

The holy trinity of wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Australia last year has Conor Murray at the beating heart of Munster, and especially Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

With 14 British and Irish Lions on show this weekend – the Scarlets’ Ken Owens is out – we could be forgiven for harking back to the old fashioned Whi(...)

Munster’s Andrew Conway goes past Tiernan O’Halloran of Connacht during their Pro12 clash. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Sometimes your life parachutes you into a state of mind that you really can’t avoid. You are surrounded by certain people and firm ideas take hold. Th(...)

Rassie Erasmus: ‘The performances they [Ospreys] have delivered this year at some stages were phenomenal – they were on fire.’ Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Ospreys’ form has deserted them with five defeats in their last six games, so much so that from leading the table they ultimately squeezed into th(...)

Simon Zebo gets swallowed up by Ulster’s Stuart Olding, Paddy Jackson and Andrew Trimble at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

No underdogs here. Not even in the face of Saracens. “Listen, whatever I say here we are up against it next week,” said the always composed Rassie Er(...)

Munster’s James Cronin and Jack Carty of Connacht. Connacht’s outhalf crisis appears to have been temporarily allayed by  Carty’s return, with Ciarán Gaffney, providing cover. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Ospreys v Connacht, Liberty stadium, 1.30pm - live Sky Sports 1 A club seeking a coach with the soon-to-be-departing coach still on deck can prove tr(...)

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