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Keith Earls at Munster Rugby Squad Training in  UL, Limerick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

MUNSTER v STORMERS Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick Kick-off: 7.35pm On TV: Live on RTÉ 2, Premier Sports 2 and URC TV Reflecting their surfeit of outsi(...)

Madosh Tambwe of the Bulls is tackled by Leinster’s Ryan Baird during the United Rugby Championship match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

The South Africans received warm welcomes off the pitch, and even hotter ones on it, in an introduction to the United Rugby Championship which didn’t (...)

Lucia Mantione: the 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1955 but  was denied a funeral by the Catholic Church for 66 years.

There had never been so many people at a funeral in the history of Montedoro, a village suspended in time among wheat fields and abandoned sulphur min(...)

Connacht’s Cian Prendergast in action against Benetton during the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup clash at the Stadio Comunale Monigo, Treviso. Photograph: Elena Barbini/Inpho

Benetton 20 Connacht 12 Connacht left Treviso chastened after a first defeat at the venue since 2016 as Kieran Crowley’s Benetton made it four Rainb(...)

Bundee Aki: Ireland squad members Aki, Dave Heffernan and Ultan Dillane are all unavailable for Connacht’s Pro14 fixture against Benetton in Treviso on Friday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Bundee Aki, for so long a spiritual leader on the pitch for Connacht, has been temporarily silenced in training this season. The vocal and energetic (...)

Billy Holland: will captain Munster against Benetton in Italy. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Guinness Pro14: Benetton v Munster, Stadio Monigo, Treviso, Kick-off: 6pm local time (5pm Irish). On TV: Live on eir Sport. Munster seek to return t(...)

 Leinster’s Ross Byrne starts at outhalf for the match against Benetton. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Benetton v Leinster  Stadio Communale di Monigo   (5.15, Irish time, live on Eir Sport) Leinster head coach Leo Cullen gets a final opportu(...)

Stuart Lancaster would welcome the addition of further South African franchises to the Pro14. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Stuart Lancaster knows a thing or two about England and Saracens, and amid the ongoing hangover brought about by Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-fina(...)

Connacht veteran John Muldoon celebrates in front of the fans after the  Pro12 final victory over Leinster at Murrayfield in May 2016.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby, like sport, is littered with huge one-off upsets, be it Munster beating the All Blacks in 1978, Japan toppling South Africa, France’s two World(...)

Leinster hooker Rónan Kelleher has scored nine tries in his side’s 24-game unbeaten run, this effort coming against the Ospreys last October. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Leinster will be trying to engineer a 25th successive victory when they face Ulster in the Pro14 final at the Aviva stadium on Saturday night. Their m(...)

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