Leinster’s Max Deegan and team-mates celebrate winning a penalty in the final moments of the Guinness Pro 14 semi-final against Munster at the  RDS. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So long Simon Zebo, and Gerbrandt Grobler. Leinster denied the outdoing Munster pair a romantic farewell against Scarlets in next weekend’s Pro 14 fin(...)

 Conor Murray and a kicking game will only provide Munster with so many opportunities. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

There’s a certain irony in this weekend’s fixtures that only two sides across the Guinness Pro14 won 15 games in the regular season – both Scottish. T(...)

Tadhg Furlong:  his  soaring market value forced the IRFU to offer a significant pay increase, to €500,000 a year while still way short of the figures an international tighthead prop commands in the English Premiership or French Top 14.  Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Tadhg Furlong’s three-year contract, one of 21 contracts announced by Leinster on Wednesday, puts the 25-year-old in Irish rugby’s high earner bracket(...)

Chris Cloete makes his Champions Cup debut for Munster at openside flanke for the visit of Leicester to Thomond Park. Photograph:  Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

New Munster coach Johann van Graan brings in five international players among six changes in his side for Saturday night’s Champions Cup match against(...)

 Peter O’Mahony: “It’s professional sport, it’s a short career, and as I said hopefully it will be done by the New Year one way or the other.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony hopes to agree and sign an improved IRFU national contract before January 1st. Otherwise, the Ireland flanker will move(...)

Munster’s Johann van Graan is hopeful that his captain Peter O’Mahony will remain with the province. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

New Munster coach Johann van Graan is hopeful that his captain Peter O’Mahony will remain in Ireland on a national contract. O’Mahony has rejected th(...)

 Chris Wyles goes over to score Saracens’ second try in the Champions Cup semi-final against Munster  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 10 Saracens 26 The final scoreline brooks no argument, Saracens deserving winners, because in the game-defining moments they managed to conve(...)

The Munster squad during training this week at University Limerick. Photograph: Inpho

In naming his matchday 23 for Saturday’s trip to Parma, Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made five changes to the side that defeated Cardi(...)

Rassie Erasmus at Munster training in Limerick on Monday. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Rassie Erasmus is confident that captain Peter O’Mahony can shake off a back injury to lead his side against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup on(...)

Munster centre Francis Saili has been ruled out for up to four months with a shoulder injury. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster’s early season Pro12 campaign has been dealt a massive blow with All Blacks centre Francis Saili ruled out for up to four months because of a (...)

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