Billy Holland: “I grew up with my father being involved with Munster, I love Munster and  Irish rugby and everything it represents.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Who doesn’t love a good family story on Test week? Particularly about a son finally following in his father’s controversial footsteps. The Hollands a(...)

Donnacha Ryan and Devin Toner in training for Ireland’s clash with Canada. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An entirely remodelled Irish team for Saturday’s game against Canada smacks of a preordained selection strategy. However, Joe Schmidt yesterday revea(...)

The Wallace brothers, Paul, David and Richard, ahead of the Cross Atlantic Way Rugby Legends Cycle

At some point last Sunday on Slea Head that perennial question entered my head: is it Dingle, An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis? And where we will fina(...)

Former South Africa defence coach Jacques Nienaber will join Munster’s backroom staff next season. Photograph: Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Munster’s back room team next season will also include the former Springbok defence coach and High Performance manager with the South African Rugby Un(...)

Ireland and Munster forward CJ Stander has been named the Irish Player’s Player and Supporters’ Player of the Year. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

CJ Stander’s accumulation of awards is quite something. Ever since his two-try full Munster debut against Glasgow on December 1st, 2012, in Thomond Pa(...)

The arrival of Johan Erasmus spells the end for Anthony Foley’s coaching ticket. Photograph: Getty

No matter what way you interpreted it, yesterday marked the end of an indigenous Munster coaching ticket which assuredly gave it their all but came u(...)

Munster temporary consultant Andy Farrell with head coach Anthony Foley in Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Having confirmed the hiring of former English and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell as a consultant, Garrett Fitzgerald, the Munster CEO, suggested tha(...)

CJ Stander on the move for Munster as Sergio Parisse closes in on  the tackle during the Irish province’s Champions Cup pool match against Stade Francais in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Not alone is this not a particularly opportune time to be the Munster head coach, it isn’t an especially rewarding time to be their captain. Increa(...)

Conor Murray is confident going into his second World Cup. “We are in a very good place and I don’t think we should be shying away from that,” he says. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

This time four years ago it’s still remarkable to think that Conor Murray went into Ireland’s World Cup preparatory programme as fifth choice scrumhal(...)

Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal lays off a pass during Munster A’s game against Ulster Ravens at Nass RFC. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

A thunder clap. Sun. Rain. Hailstones. Welcome to the midlands Tyler Bleyendaal. Even the former New Zealand Under-20 World Cup winning captain(...)

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