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(...)

Irish captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform ‘The Haka’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ringa pakia. The placebo effect can be a powerful psychological weapon. How should Ireland respond to a people who believe they are possessed by immo(...)

Munster’s Dave O’Callaghan evades Edinburgh’s Michael Allen. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There were many marvellous moments embedded throughout last weekend’s rugby, with Ulster’s performance the highlight. But something I spotted in the s(...)

Munster’s Peter O’Mahony has returned to full training. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Munster’s Jean Kleyn (ankle) and Dave O’Callaghan (shoulder) will both have to see specialists for their respective injuries following scans. Their mi(...)

Damien Hoyland of Edinburgh claims the high ball ahead of  Munster’s Ronan O’Mahony during the Guinness Pro 12 game at  Thomond Park. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Munster 28 Edinburgh 14 Conor Murray’s brace of tries helped Munster emerge as 28-14 bonus-point winners over Edinburgh at Thomond Park. It was Rass(...)

Alex Wootton carries Conor Murray on his back during Munster squad training at University of Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Munster v Cardiff Blues, Musgrave Park, TG4, BBC Wales, Friday, 7.25pm The influence of new head coach Rassie Erasmus has had an immediate impact, (...)

Leinster’s Eoin Reddan and Munster’s Andrew Conway in aerial battle during the sides’ last Pro12 league meeting in December, which Leinster won. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

They’ve had bigger games. They’ve had bigger crowds. But Leinster and Munster have rarely encountered each other in such acute need for league points.(...)

Munster’s James Cronin scores the bonus point try in their Pro12 win over Newport Gwent Dragons. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster 26 Newport Gwent Dragons 5 Dave Kilcoyne and his replacement James Cronin combined for three tries as Munster ran out 26-5 bonus-point winn(...)

Dave O’Callaghan: returns at openside flanker for Munster against Ospreys. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For both sides it’s a matter of who can patch up better. Munster have five on international duty while Ospreys have eight. In that pre-game match up (...)

Backrow Robin Copeland has signed a new deal with Munster. Photograph: Inpho

Munster have announced Robin Copeland and Dave O’Callaghan have signed two-year contract extensions, keeping them at Thomond Park until June 2018. Th(...)

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