Johann van Graan hails Beirne after new Munster recruit sets the tone
Rúaidhrí O'ConnorWith Tadhg Beirne and Peter O'Mahony working in tandem, anything looks possible for Munster.
Peter O'Mahony is an Irish rugby player who plays for Munster, the European Rugby Championships Cup and for Ireland internationally.
Rúaidhrí O'ConnorWith Tadhg Beirne and Peter O'Mahony working in tandem, anything looks possible for Munster.
Ruaidhri O'ConnorIt came down to a 22-phase set deep in Munster territory where Joey Carbery's...
Brendan FanningOn a night of much frustration for Munster, surely its peak was reached in the...
CIan TtraceyFive games into the new season and it's fair to say that no one really has a firm...
Rúaidhrí O'ConnorWhether deliberate or not, Munster got their good news in early this week by...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Summer acquisitions Tadhg Beirne and Joey Cabery will start a competitive Munster game for the first time when they line out against the Ospreys at Irish Independent Park tomorrow evening.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Australia full-back Israel Folau has been banned for one match for contact in the air during last Saturday's third Test defeat by Ireland.
Alan Quinlan It was the spring of 2011 and while the finish line for my playing career was in sight, I found myself in the all-too-familiar position of working my way back from injury - a dislocated elbow the...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Here is how the Irish players rated in the 26-21 second test victory over Australia in Melbourne today.
Rúaidhrí O'Connor Johnny Sexton is set to return to the Ireland No 10 jersey as Joe Schmidt makes wholesale changes to his side for the second Test against Australia.
Rúaidhrí O'Connor in Melbourne JOHNNY SEXTON is set to return to the Ireland No 10 jersey as Joe Schmidt makes wholesale changes to his side for the second Test against Australia.
Ruaidhri O'Connor in Brisbane Rob Herring, Peter O'Mahony and John Ryan all impressed as James Ryan scored best on a disappointing day for Ireland.
Rúaidhrí O'Connor in Brisbane As Joey Carbery prepares for the biggest start of his career to date, he has received the full backing of his captain Peter O'Mahony who rates hm as "an incredible footballer".
Rúaidhrí O'Connor in Gold Coast Joe Schmidt is set to start Joey Carbery for Ireland's first Test against Australia in a surprise move.
Ruaidhri O'Connor in Gold Coast Joey Carbery is set to start at out-half for Ireland against Australia on Saturday as Joe Schmidt names a much-changed line-up for the first test.
Sinead Kissane They're in a bubble, we're often told. They don't listen to outside noise, controversy or anything that's irrelevant to their job in the build-up to a big game, we're often reminded. Professional...
Brendan Fanning What a great finish to a very good game. Had Munster managed to complete what was an unlikely comeback - Joey Carbery's penalty left them 16-8 down with four minutes to go - it would have...
David Kelly Two months ago he'd watched many of the same faces hoist silverware above their heads but it didn't bother him then at all, he wallowed in it.
Declan Rooney Munster captain Peter O'Mahony says it would be a huge lift for everyone involved in the province to win some silverware this season but that they need to improve plenty to have a chance of victory against Leinster next weekend.
David Kelly In the same sentence, Munster captain Peter O'Mahony summed up both the yearning need for his side to bridge a seven-year title itch but also the intense difficulty his side continue to have in trying to scratch it. "It would mean a lot," he says, before adding plaintively, "but we have to go and play."
Brendan Fanning It's not often the Thomond Park experience is one you enjoy in short sleeves. A crowd of 10,205 - an official figure that seemed well removed from the actual attendance - must have got an inkling...
David Kelly MUNSTER squeaked their way past Edinburgh to book their place in a Guinnnes PRO 14 semi-final against Leinster at the RDS in a fortnight's time.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Once again, Munster found themselves within touching distance of the summit only to fall off a precipice.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Munster are unrecognisable from the outfit that hoisted the Heineken Cup for the second time in three years in 2008. Of the match-day 22 involved in Cardiff that day, only Keith Earls remains at the...
John Fallon in Bloemfontein There isn't much that Peter O'Mahony hasn't experienced at this stage but spending two weeks abroad in a bubble with his Munster teammates ahead of a crunch European game is a new departure.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Grand Slam hero Peter O'Mahony provided a very special moment for one Irish fan in the aftermath of Ireland's stunning victory over England at Twickenham.
Brendan Fanning Shortly before the final whistle in Twickenham yesterday you could have been forgiven for thinking that the falling snow was in fact a shower of ticker tape, a salute to the new Grand Slam champions. The scoreline was likely to be amended - and indeed it was - but the game was done.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made one change to his starting XV as his side seek a first Grand Slam title in nine years when they take on Eddie Jones' England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Rúaidhrí O'Connor It is something of a back-handed compliment, but one international back-row forward describing another as a "pain in the hole to play against" is high praise indeed.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Cast your mind back to the Aviva Stadium in November and Ireland's blistering start against Argentina. Attacking from deep, keeping the ball in hand, offloading where possible and putting relentless...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Ahead of the biggest game of their season, talk at Munster continues to be dominated by the presence of South African second-row Gerbrandt Grobler in their squad.
Rúaidhrí O'Connor Munster rolled out the big guns yesterday as the debate over convicted doper Gerbrandt Grobler continued, with Peter O'Mahony saying that he and the players were standing behind the South African.
Munster and Ireland stars Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray have defended team-mate Gerbrandt Grobler, after the South African's place in the squad has come under scrutiny over his previous two-year ban for testing positive for steroids.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Peter O'Mahony is Munster’s main injury concern ahead of his side's Champions Cup Pool 4 decider against Castres on Sunday.
David Kelly Munster coach Johann van Graan played down accusations from Leicester counterpart Matt O'Connor that his side were cynical at the breakdown during his side's comprehensive 33-10 Champions Cup...
Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander twop of several big names to return to the Munster team for their Champions Cup clash against Leicester Tigers.
Ruaidhri O'Connor For the IRFU, every contract is a value judgement.
David Kelly It would have been much easier in his position, like many others before him, not to front up - except Peter O'Mahony doesn't know the meaning of the words.
Peter O'Mahony has said he expects contract talks with the IRFU to be “wrapped up” one way or another by the New Year but he refused to be drawn on where his club future may lie.
Alan Quinlan It's starting to feel like one thing after another for Munster, and the prospect of losing Peter O'Mahony and CJ Stander would be a kick in the teeth for everyone associated with the province.
Brian O'Driscoll thinks Munster captain Peter O'Mahony is crucial to Ireland's success at the 2019 World Cup, but adds that he isn't one of the team's 'irreplaceable' players.
Ruaidhri O'Connor New Munster coach Johann van Graan has vowed to do everything he can to retain the services of Peter O'Mahony.
Des Berry There are two men who could bring down the curtain on what it truly means to play for Munster – Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Fuelled by tragic defiance, Thomond Park was restored to its former glories last season.
Sinead Kissane At the launch of the Champions Cup season earlier this month, Munster captain Peter O'Mahony was guarded in his answers to a few questions but when it came to the replacement for Rassie...
David Wallace The Munster players and management will be watching Reggie Corrigan's interview of Peter O'Mahony on video around Christmas time, when they are preparing for another crack at Leinster in...
Jack O'Toole With Ireland captain Rory Best in doubt for next month's November internationals with a hamstring injury, Head Coach Joe Schmidt may have to look elsewhere for an interim captain.
Brendan Fanning The moments after the final whistle are perhaps not the best time to ask a man who exudes intensity if his team - who had just been well beaten - lacked some, eh, intensity. So when former Leinster...
Munster were beaten 23-17 by Leinster at the Aviva Stadium today and their captain Peter O'Mahony wasn't happy to have his side's efforts questioned in a post-match interview.
Daragh Small Wearing the British & Irish Lions jersey is the lifetime ambition for most professional rugby players in this part of the world, but captaining the team in New Zealand in the first Test against the...
Independent.ie Newsdesk Peter O'Mahony went through the full gamut of emotions during last summer's Lions tour.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Peter O'Mahony had an eventful summer, going from being made Lions captain for the first test in New Zealand to missing out on a place in the squad for the final two clashes with the All Blacks.
Cian Tracey Munster got back to winning ways against a Cardiff Blues side who threw in the towel despite leading at half-time, but Rassie Erasmus has pressing concerns ahead of the meeting with Leinster next...
Cian Tracey in Thomond Park Cardiff Blues' miserable winless record at Thomond Park goes on after Munster got back to winning ways ahead of next week's crunch clash against Leinster.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Former British & Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll believes that Peter O'Mahony has been forced to pay for the Lions opening Test defeat to New Zealand last weekend.
Jack O'Toole It's the 3rd of July 2013, the day Brian O'Driscoll has been dropped for the British & Irish Lions third test in Sydney.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Lightning quick ball (LQB) is the key metric by which the All Blacks gauge success. It represents ball produced in three seconds or less at ruck-time and experience tells them that if they achieve...
Ruadhri O'Connor Warren Gatland has laid the blame for Saturday's opening Test defeat to New Zealand firmly at his players' door after launching a withering assessment of their commitment levels in the face of All Black aggression at Eden Park.
Fearghal O'Connor Irish online lending company Linked Finance is in talks with AIB and other major Irish banks about future collaborations, its founder said.
Independent.e Newsdesk Peter O'Mahony's father, John O'Mahony, said that he was 'thrilled' for his son when he found out that Peter would captain the British & Irish Lions for Saturday's opening Test match with New Zealand at...
Captain Peter O'Mahony can "lead in the shadows" to drive the British and Irish Lions to a first Test victory against the All Blacks, according to Rob Howley.
Nicola Anderson 'He was awkward, edgy… I'm glad we didn't knock it out of him," quips the principal at Peter O'Mahony's old school.
Peter O'Mahony will lead the British and Irish Lions into Saturday's first Test against New Zealand with the words of mentor Anthony 'Axel' Foley ringing in his ears: be yourself.
Nick Purewal Peter O'Mahony will lead the British and Irish Lions into Saturday's first Test against New Zealand with the words of mentor Anthony 'Axel' Foley ringing in his ears: be yourself.
Gareth Morgan and Kate Rowan It might seem a long way from Cork Con to captaining the Lions. But Peter O'Mahony will be following in the footsteps of no less than three alumni when he leads the team against the All Blacks on...
Peter O'Mahony has been named British and Irish Lions captain for the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
Sir Clive Woodward has backed the British and Irish Lions' pack to lead the tourists to victory in Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks.
Peter O'Mahony has been named captain of the British and Irish Lions for the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor in Auckland PETER O’MAHONY will lead the Lions into their daunting first Test battle with New Zealand on Saturday, but Johnny Sexton will have to bide his time on the bench after Warren Gatland opted for the...
Peter O'Mahony will captain the British and Irish Lions in Saturday's first Test against New Zealand.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Peter O'Mahony has become the 11th Irishman to captain a British & Irish Lions test team after he was selected ahead of tour captain Sam Warburton for this weekend's opening Test against New...
Ruaidhri O'Connor Warren Gatland announces his Lions team for the first Test against New Zealand at 8pm tonight (Irish time) with Peter O'Mahony likely to be named captain of the side.
Peter O'Mahony has all the attributes needed to lead the British and Irish Lions, according to Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Officially, the Lions coaches will meet tomorrow to discuss their selection for the first Test, but this team has actually been months in the making.
Ruaidhri O’Connor in Rotorua The volcanic springs around Rotorua lend a certain sulphuric odour to the place, but that was nothing on the stench that hung over the Lions before this morning’s game as Warren Gatland came in for...
Ruaidhri O'Connor If rugby captaincy was a video game, Peter O'Mahony would have now completed it. When put to him that the Lions leadership means he's skippered every team he's ever been a part of yesterday, his...
Nick Purewal Ireland's Peter O'Mahony has said it is a "huge honour" to be named captain of the Lions team to face the Maori All Blacks this Saturday.
Alan Quinlan Touring New Zealand is the ultimate test for any player.
Independent.ie Newsdesk England flanker James Haskell didn't spare himself when assessing why he wasn't chosen for this summer's Lions tour, stating that he 'wasn't good enough' to be picked.
Daragh Small Warren Gatland is set to name his Lions squad next week, but the proposed selection has been under constant scrutiny all season.
John Fallon Munster, like Ireland, may be top heavy with quality back row forwards at the moment, but former Irish U-20 Conor Oliver has put himself in contention for action at the business end of the season.
Ruaidhri O'Connor A Munster semi-final in Dublin evokes some colourful memories of Trevor Leota's try for Wasps, Ronan O'Gara's celebration after his virtuoso score against Leinster and a sunny Croke Park soaked in...
Ruaidhri O'Connor For so long, European quarter-final weekend was inked into the Munster calendar from a long way out. They never made it easy, but they always got there in the end.
Alan Quinlan Seán O'Brien walked into the Ireland dressing room at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday evening shortly before seven o'clock.
Alan Quinlan Four into three doesn't go and the performance of the back-row on Saturday has left Joe Schmidt with a most welcome headache.
Cian Tracey Joe Schmidt brushed off suggestions that Peter O'Mahony starting the game ahead of Jamie Heaslip was a deliberate ploy to disrupt England's preparations. The ultra-durable Heaslip pulled up with a...
Brendan Fanning With five matches under his belt against England – four of them as a starter – Peter O’Mahony will have had his antennae tuned from early this week for what was coming next. Of the hopefuls, he...
David Kelly There may be plenty of beaten Irish dockets at Cheltenham this week but a defiant Peter O'Mahony insists that Joe Schmidt's flagging Irish side won't be one of them.
Tony Ward After a defeat as disappointing as the one Ireland suffered in Cardiff on Friday night, there's often a clamour for change but it's pointless bringing in young players just for the sake of seeing fresh faces.
Luke Fitzgerald has called on Joe Schmidt to bring Peter O'Mahony into the Irish starting team for next weekend's final Six Nations clash against England at the Aviva Stadium.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Not since the 2015 World Cup quarter-final against France have Ireland had this many front-line players available for a Test match.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Johnny Sexton is unlikely to be released to Leinster for their Guinness Pro12 game against Edinburgh on Friday despite his lack of recent game-time.
Sinead Kissane Peter O'Mahony didn't play for his province last season but that didn't stop him speaking out at a staff meeting involving all levels of the Munster organisation last April.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Munster's fans lingered long after the full-time whistle to savour a feeling that was once so familiar but a year ago seemed to have become part of their past.
David Kelly Ronan O'Gara could not have been surprised by anything that was thrown in his direction by Munster on Saturday afternoon.
David Kelly Television sport's obsequious pandering to morality never ceases to amaze.
David Kelly Beware of visitors bearing gifts.
Brendan Fanning Not exactly a stellar pool campaign this for the Tigers. In round one in Glasgow they had 42 points stuck on them, the biggest concession in their European history. And here at Thomond Park, on a perfect evening for rugby, they suffered to the tune of 38, which obliterated their previous worst losing margin of 34 points. And...
Cian Tracey Come the end of the season, Munster may well look back at their first meeting with Glasgow as the turning point of their campaign.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Rassie Erasmus has made six changes to his team for the trip to Scotstoun to face the Glasgow Warriors tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.35pm).
Johnny O'Connor You couldn't have asked for more from the opening weekend of the World Cup. Ireland won comfortably, there was a shock win for Japan and reigning champions New Zealand were really tested.
Robbie Henshaw remains a doubt for Ireland's second World Cup clash against Romania at Wembley on Sunday.
CIAN TRACEY in St. George’s Park Johnny Sexton was amongst three Ireland players who sat out training at St. George’s Park this morning.
Brendan Fanning If the IRFU ever considered hiring another country's national stadium for the afternoon, for a party based around a rugby match, then this is how it would look. Never before have we been in the...
Daragh Small With six star names gone to the Rugby World Cup, there is a real promise of opportunity around the Munster camp these days.
John Fallon Munster head into the first of the breaks for the World Cup in good fettle after CJ Stander's late try secured victory away to Ospreys on Sunday afternoon.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt looks set to reward Iain Henderson's flying form with a World Cup start against Canada on Saturday.
Peter O'Mahony has vowed Ireland will not let Canada enforcer Jamie Cudmore turn Saturday's World Cup opener into a series of sideshow skirmishes.
Cian Tracey Jamie Cudmore has never exactly endeared himself to Irish supporters and on Saturday, he will look to power Canada to an upset but that doesn't stop Peter O’Mahony admiring what he...
Ruaidhri O'Connor They are in a strange sort of limbo now, waiting for the real thing to kick off. Twickenham is never a nice place to lose, but having avoided the hammering that looked on the cards early on,...
Nick Purewal Peter O'Mahony has admitted Ireland failed to cope with England squeezing Joe Schmidt's game plan in 21-13 Twickenham defeat.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt looks set to follow Stuart Lancaster's lead and name his strongest side possible for Saturday's final warm-up game against England at Twickenham.
Brendan Fanning at the Aviva stadium The clock was well into the red at the Aviva yesterday when the decision that would finally separate the teams was referred upstairs to the TMO.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Joe Schmidt will name his strongest line-up yet for Saturday's warm-up clash against Wales, with Six Nations heroes Rob Kearney, Robbie Henshaw, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and Peter O'Mahony...
It's been a busy schedule for the Irish rugby players ahead of the World Cup but that didn't stop Rob Kearney, Peter O'Mahony and Robbie Henshaw teaming up to pull off a hilarious prank on car salesmen recently.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The Rugby World Cup is now just one month away and, for those with tickets or simply looking forward to taking in as much of the competition as possible, it's time to get excited.
Cormac Byrne The battle to make Ireland's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad steps up a gear this weekend in Cardiff and the competition is fierce.
Tony Ward This was not quite as rudderless or soulless as the performance at Saracens, but Munster came up substantially short when it really mattered for the second time this season.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Anthony Foley says Munster will look to recruit a replacement for Paul O'Connell when the second-row confirms his departure from the province.
Ruaidhri O'Connor This was a reminder that Munster, more than any of their rivals, need their biggest names in the biggest games.
Brendan Fanning If you are a subscriber to the idea that the perfect play-off to a league competition features the teams who finished first and second in the table then you were off to a good start at Kingspan Stadium last night.
Ruaidhri O'Connor This evening in Belfast, Paul O'Connell brings the curtain down on a glorious chapter in Munster's history. Unfortunately, he'll do so without two crucial members of his supporting cast.
David Kelly Munster centre Andrew Smith believes that winning the Pro12 title in Belfast tomorrow evening could provide a springboard for his side in the Champions Cup next season, writes David Kelly.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Munster are judged by the number of trophies they add to their cabinet each season according to captain Peter O'Mahony and, after a number of fallow years, the Ireland flanker wants to get back to winning ways.
Ruaidhri O'Connor So it was goodbye after all, but there's one last lap for Paul O'Connell as a Munster player as he looks to cap off a glittering provincial career with another medal in Belfast on Saturday.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Over the course of a long and, at times, difficult season, Anthony Foley has remained on an even keel. Today, at Thomond Park, his first campaign will be defined.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Munster coach Anthony Foley welcomes back captain Peter O'Mahony and winger Simon Zebo for tomorrow's Guinness PRO12 semi-final against Ospreys at Thomond Park (ko 2.30pm)
It has been another extremely successful season for the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy with a number of home-grown talents progressing to make their Guinness Pro12 debuts for the province.
David Kelly Munster's inspirational captain Peter O'Mahony and wing wizard Simon Zebo face crunch fitness tests tomorrow as they continue a desperate race against time to be fit for Saturday's Guinness...
David Kelly Paul O'Connell doesn't know if he will ever grace Cork's playing fields again but the Ireland captain will be determined to finish the regular season on a high at Irish Independent Park.
Ruaidhri O'Connor The make-up of Ireland's World Cup squad is set to destroy plenty of perfectly good bar-mats over the next couple of months as fans around the country pick the 31 players they'd bring to England and Wales.
Ruaidhri O'Connor There is no doubting that the provincial pecking order has shifted over the course of 2014/15, the final question is who are the top dogs - Ulster or Munster?
Ruaidhri O'Connor Parallel seasons collide at Kingspan Stadium this afternoon, with victory opening up a route to glory.
Tony Ward We can question the motives of the Anglo-French alliance in replacing the Heineken Cup with the Champions Cup, but the competition didn't change in any substantial way.
Offaly's Shane Lowry made an appearance on Second Captains on RTE last night alongside Munster and Ireland star Peter O'Mahony, former Mayo manager James Horan and Andy Lee and his facial hair came in for a lot of attention.
David Kelly IF muscle memory means anything to the modern athlete, then Munster trio Conor Murray, Paul O'Connell and captain Peter O'Mahony will already have the upper hand when they trot out...
Anthony Foley has named a very strong side for Munster's clash with Edinburgh tomorrow evening at Murrayfield (kick-off 7.30) with Six Nations heroes Paul O'Connell, Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray in the starting lineup.
Declan Rooney Coach Anthony Foley is hoping that the increased competition for places in his squad will drive Munster to a spot in the Pro12 top two and a home semi-final.
There is a big core of the Munster team who have been involved with the Irish set-up in recent months.
Tony Ward It's wrong in this type of situation that one team should have the clear advantage of knowing what it has to do, but there is no denying the excitement and extra dimension the unfair format...
Lise Hand in Edinburgh Out on the darkened pitch, what looked like an Irish wedding in the wee small hours was in full swing.
Ruaidhri O'Connor HE GETS almost everything else right, so why not hand it over to Joe Schmidt to describe an utterly ridiculous day of Six Nations rugby, probably the greatest day in the tournament's storied history?
There is a ghost in the machine. The irrepressible Irish feat of technological engineering has spluttered to an undignified halt.
This Sunday's Six Nations battle between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium is being billed as the Championship decider.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Unbeaten Ireland have plenty of room to improve, according to flanker Peter O'Mahony, who wants his team to meet their potential against England on Sunday.
Jordi Murphy can handle the "huge physicality" of England's back-row in Sunday's pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown in Dublin, according to Ireland team-mate Peter O'Mahony.
Gavin McLoughlin Peer-to-peer lender Linked Finance has received a €2.5m investment from Irish venture capitalists Frontline Ventures as it looks to expand its operations.
Ruaidhri O'Connor IT was a good news day in Galway yesterday as two more members of the Ireland squad signed long-term deals.
Flanker Peter O'Mahony is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster.
Nick Purewal Flanker Peter O'Mahony is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Midway through the first half of Saturday's battle at the Aviva Stadium, Ireland had a lineout on their own 10m line.
Ruaidhri O'Connor Jordi Murphy looks like being the front-runner to replace Jamie Heaslip against England after the Ireland vice-captain was ruled out for four weeks yesterday.
Three of Joe Schmidt's players have been selected on the Daily Telegraph's Six Nations Team of the Week.
Declan Rooney MUNSTER'S sparkling new ground was greeted with a home win first time out, but it was the freshness of their approach to the game that pleased the home support most.
Tony Ward It's a physics term - a subject at which I was brutal at school, I might add - but momentum is defined as the quantity of motion an object has.
Jonathan Sexton is the only northern hemisphere player to be included in the world's top 10 rugby players according to the Daily Telegraph.
David Kelly All empires must, eventually, fall. And history apprises us that when they tumble in Rome, they are wont to do so in spectacular fashion.
David Kelly Joe Schmidt's dilemma this week as he begins Ireland's defence of their European crown is whether courting short-term gain may threaten long-term pain.
Ruaidhri O'Connor IT SAYS something about the run of luck both Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald have endured that they have won just 14 caps together for Ireland.
David Wallace After last weekend's display against Sale Sharks, I'd imagine the Munster representation in the Irish camp are feeling a bit more confident about themselves.
Ireland will go into this year's Six Nation competition as favourites. And if you use the Telegraph in England as a barometer, Joe Schmidt's men are raging hot favourites.
Ruaidhri O'Connor THERE is something strange about the scenario Munster find themselves in tomorrow. The European pool stages have arguably never had a more finely-poised final day, but the drama kings...
Vincent Hogan Right then, should Munster even bother with Sale Sharks tomorrow or just circle some chairs on the field and hand around a microphone?
Ruaidhri O'Connor It's been a few days, but Peter O'Mahony is still struggling to rationalise what happened at Allianz Park last weekend.
Declan Whooley Munster captain Peter O'Mahony has admitted he is experiencing the most difficult week in his professional career.
Ruaidhri O'Connor WHEN the end of Munster's great romance came, it was never going to be pretty.
eddie butler Munster have woven the richest panel in the tapestry of European rugby over the past 20 years. Theirs has been a story of insuperable defiance, usually involving pulling off a miracle result at...
Ruiadhri O'Connor WRITTEN OFF? Check. Backs to the wall? Check. Qualification unlikely, but still mathematically possible? Check.
The team news for this weekend's crucial Champions Cup clashes involving the Irish provinces is in.
Ruaidhri O'Connor LEVITY is not something Peter O'Mahony generally brings to his media engagements, but even still the Munster skipper had his serious face on yesterday.
Donnchadh Boyle The questions came but Anthony Foley was giving nothing away after another week of speculation surrounding who might be next in or out of the revolving doors.
Independent.ie Newsdesk Ireland international Rob Kearney returns to Leinster's team as Matt O'Connor makes wholesale changes against Cardiff while Keith Earls and James Cronin named in Munster's match-day 23.
Brian Walsh It turned out to be a disappointing end to our Christmas games with the loss in Connacht. The win against Leinster on St Stephen's Day was a real lift for everyone and it was a shame we couldn't...
Cian Tracey He may have put on a brave face but the disappointment and frustration was etched across Anthony Foley's face as he attempted explain the reasoning behind JJ Hanrahan's decision to join Northampton at the end of the season.
John Fallon Munster are set to find out today if a couple of their Lions and other key men are available for this weekend's trip to Zebre as they finalise their preparations for the crucial Champions Cup clash...
Ruaidhri O'Connor MILS MULIAINA was the last man to leave the Sportsground pitch, soaking up the acclaim with a broad smile that looked like it would last for days.)
Connacht claimed the prized scalp of provincial rivals Munster after fighting back from 13 points down to clinch a memorable 24-16 New Year's Day victory in gusty Galway.
Connacht claimed the prized scalp of provincial rivals Munster after fighting back from 13 points down to clinch a memorable 24-16 New Year's Day victory in gusty Galway.
Independent Newsdesk and Agencies Munster head coach Anthony Foley makes five changes to the starting XV for Munster's clash with Connacht clash at the Sportsground on tomorrow.
Declan Whooley Munster head coach Anthony Foley praised his side after they overcame Leinster for the second time this season minus a number of frontline players.
Ruaidhri O'Connor MUNSTER return to the venue of last season's semi-final disappointment but vengeance will be the last thing on their mind. Today is about consolidation.
Munster skipper Peter O'Mahony accepts their European Champions Cup quarter-final qualification hopes rest in the hands of others - but he is adamant his battling side will not give up until the final whistle.
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