Three minutes to go at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland are seven points up on the Scots in last Saturday’s Six Nations opener but camped along their own try line when Hamish Watson makes another surge for the in-goal area and hero status with it.
Thu, 06 Feb, 2020
Keith Earls, named by his peers last night as Zurich’s Irish player of the year, is aiming to cap a memorable season by accounting for Leinster’s European champions and claiming a first trophy for Munster since 2011.
Thu, 17 May, 2018
Ireland’s bid for Grand Slam glory is acting as a motivational tool for Billy Holland who leads Munster in Friday night’s rearranged Guinness PRO14 game against Edinburgh.
Wed, 14 Mar, 2018
Philip Browne has suggested Munster’s signing of Gerbrandt Grobler was down to a “crying need” for second-row cover, a situation that led the province and the IRFU to ignore the player’s former doping ban.
Thu, 18 Jan, 2018
Playing what you see. We hear the phrase time and time again from coaches eager to empower their players with in-game decision-making responsibility and players keen to emphasise they are not mere automatons whose every move is controlled by puppetmasters up in the stands.
Fri, 12 Jan, 2018
Interprovincial rivalries are one thing but when a try as good as Jordan Larmour’s gets scored, it was easy to find common ground among the opposing coaches after last night’s Munster-Leinster showdown.
Wed, 27 Dec, 2017
He’s the coaching constant at Munster, working under three different head coaches in as many years. Jerry Flannery understands better than most the value system crucial to the province’s future - and the importance of the Munster manual.
Sat, 16 Dec, 2017
Sat, 25 Nov, 2017
Rassie Erasmus believes Simon Zebo would have been stupid not to take the money on offer to him in France and that the Irish provinces must resign themselves to losing more talented, homegrown stars in the future.
Mon, 30 Oct, 2017
Thu, 19 Oct, 2017
His boss may be treating Saturday’s clash with Leinster as a tune-up for the Champions Cup pool games which follow, but Niall Scannell is not giving either Castres or Racing 92 a second thought when there are interprovincial foes to battle.
Thu, 05 Oct, 2017
You may think that Darren Sweetnam could be feeling some pressure as he looks around the Munster training ground and sees the likes of Keith Earls and Simon Zebo limbering up for their first starts of the campaign.
Wed, 20 Sep, 2017
There are no soft caps to be won in Irish and Munster rugby these days, all the more so if you ply your trade in the back row of the scrum. Few appreciate that better than Waterford’s Jack O’Donoghue, one of the most talented and committed players in the country.
Wed, 13 Sep, 2017
Munster coach Rassie Erasmus has warned against reading too much into the province’s eight try-rout of his native Toyota Cheetahs in a hopelessly one-sided Guinness PRO14 game at Thomond Park on Saturday.
Mon, 11 Sep, 2017
The dawn of a new era is upon us as the expanded, Springbok-tinged Guinness Pro14 kicks off tonight in Belfast but at the same time in Cork it is the departure of South African talent that will, alas, mark the opening weeks of the fledgling league campaign.
Fri, 01 Sep, 2017