We’ve been down this road before, on seven different occasions now since Paul O’Connell, in tandem with Ronan O’Gara, lifted the Heineken Cup aloft in Cardiff 11 years ago after Munster beat the tournament’s greatest side to that point in a memorable 16-13 win over Toulouse.
Wed, 24 Apr, 2019
Peter O’Mahony sat back and admired the way Leinster found a way to win their fourth European title but Munster’s captain believes his side have to emulate Racing 92’s attempts to shut down Leo Cullen’s side to cause an upset this weekend.
Tue, 15 May, 2018
The fact that Leinster were made fight much harder than had been anticipated to prevail in a pulsating Champions Cup final that went right down to the last kick off the game will, you feel, stand to their exciting young squad in the years to come.
Mon, 14 May, 2018
There’s no doubt the absence of Maxime Machenaud has taken a major weapon out of Racing 92’s armoury ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup final showdown with Leinster but assuming the Parisians will have no creative fulcrum without the France scrum-half is reckoning without Pat Lambie.
Wed, 09 May, 2018
I want Munster to win. That’s where I am from. Home is always home. Where the heart is. But there’s a deep feeling there for guys who will be playing in blue and white as well, writes
Fri, 20 Apr, 2018
Christchurch feels very safe and secure. And the Ireland in me had forgotten how much you savour those things. The contrast from Paris is huge. There is no anger in this world. On the RER in Paris, every nationality in the world is around you.
Fri, 12 Jan, 2018
Despite disappointment at CJ Stander's guilty verdict and one-match suspension, Ireland seem unlikely to appeal the ban that will keep him out of this Saturday's second Test against South Africa.
Tue, 14 Jun, 2016
CJ Stander’s fate for the rest of Ireland’s tour of South Africa was due to be decided in Johannesburg this morning after his mandatory judicial hearing was adjourned after sitting for five hours in Cape Town yesterday.
Mon, 13 Jun, 2016
There are few more stunning backdrops to an international rugby stadium than the one that greets you on your arrival at Newlands Stadium. Nestled to the rear of the imposing, rugged features that define Table Mountain, it sets the scene perfectly for what lies ahead. This is South Africa, this is Springbok rugby.
Mon, 13 Jun, 2016
So often the perfect opportunity to introduce promising players to the international stage, the autumn international series has taken on a different significance this year with the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool allocation draw taking place on December 3 and Ireland perilously close to falling out of the world’s top eight.
Sat, 24 Nov, 2012