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Simon Zebo of Munster and Dave Kearney of Leinster contest a high ball during Saturday’s Pro12 match at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

One swallow doesn’t make a summer, nor even Saturday’s last blast of an Indian summer, but with one bound Munster move on to the Heineken Cup in bette(...)

Munster have looked more comfortable recently with the changed game under Rob Penney but the weeks ahead, starting with today’s meeting with arch-rivals Leinster, will tell us more. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

What to make of Munster? Last season, having finished sixth and a dozen points outside the Pro12 play-offs, they took on Harlequins and Clermont away (...)

 Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
O’Connell set to make seasonal bow
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  • September 26, 2013, 13:33

Munster coach Rob Penney has named Paul O’Connell among the replacements for the game against the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave Park on Saturday(...)

Conor Murray, moon boot and all, puts the ball into a scrum during Munster’s squad session at UL, Limerick. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster regrouped in Limerick to rake over the coals of how their superb start to the season fell apart with the loss of a 10-point lead in the even(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo during training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Depending on your choice of words, Rob Penney has rotated or strengthened his Munster side for tonight’s meeting with the stronger of the two Itali(...)

Peter O’Mahony will captain Munster away to Treviso. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony will captain Munster on his return to the side for Friday night’s RaboDirect Pro12 game away to Treviso at Stadio di Monigo (7.30pm Iri(...)

 Munster’s Mike Sherry in action at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 34 Edinburgh 23: Tries from Denis Hurley, James Coughlan and James Cronin in the first half and Ivan Dineen and JJ Hanrahan in the second help(...)

Leinster’s Ian Madigan is a player who has thrived on the game time offered by the Pro12. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On a superficial level no makeover is going to redefine the image of the RaboDirect Pro12 tournament in the European club rugby community. The Heineke(...)

Ian Keatley: lines out at number 10 against Edinburgh at Musgrave Park tonight. Photograph: Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney will have been reasonably satisfied with pre-season victories over Gloucester (28-17) and London Irish (27-13) but tonight’s(...)

Munster coach Rob Penney is hopeful their disappointing performance in last season’s Pro12 competition will drive them to silverware this year. He sai(...)

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