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Munster BJ Botha is out of action for four weeks with a knee injury. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster prop BJ Botha is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks with a medial ligament injury.The Grade 2 tear was sustained in the friendly(...)

Munster’s Mike Sherry and Paddy Butler congratulate Ronan O’Mahony (centre) after he got a hat trick of tries against London Irish at Musgrave Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 27 London Irish 13: Ronan O’Mahony ran in a second-half hat-trick for Munster as JJ Hanrahan came of the bench to rescue a grinding win agains(...)

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

The polite term for the obstacles that professional rugby in Ireland must negotiate on and off the pitch over the next 12 months is challenging.The IR(...)

 Munster’s Andrew Conway in action against Gloucester. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho
Munster hit the ground running
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  • August 25, 2013, 12:12

Munster 28 Gloucester 17: Munster used 33 players en route to an entertaining victory in their pre-season friendly against the English club, who they’(...)

Munster head coach Rob Penney says what’s good for spectators (new scrum engagement calls) is good for the game. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney is hoping that years of countless reset scrums have been left behind after the introduction of new scrum engagement calls to (...)

Paul O’Connell during a Munster squad training session at UL Limerick yesterday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Paul O’Connell has delivered a pre-season boost to Munster by declaring he has recovered from injury and is raring to go again. O’Connell susta(...)

John Plumtree: the former Natal Sharks coach is looking forward to working with Joe Schmidt and the Irish squad. Photo: Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images

John Plumtree is looking forward to renewing old acquaintances. The newly appointed Ireland forwards’ coach, who moves here from Durban’s Natal Sharks(...)

Peter O’Mahony has been named as captain of the Munster squad for next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster coach Rob Penney has named Peter O’Mahony as their squad captain for the coming season, taking over from the retired Doug Howlett. The 23-year(...)

Leinster players celebrate Nathan Hines’ try in their Heineken Cup final victory over Northampton  in 2011. The two sides will meet in Pool 1 in this season’s competition. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

An opener against 2012 Rabo League champions Ospreys, a second match against this year’s French champions Castres, and back-to-back fixtures with 2000(...)

South African wing Gerhard van den Heever will join Munster in November. Photograph: Getty Images

South African wing Gerhard van den Heever has signed a two-year deal with Munster. The 24-year-old Currie Cup winner with Western Province will join t(...)

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