Just 27 months after his playing career was cut short, Felix Jones is developing quite the reputation as an innovative attack coach. Speculation of offers abound but Jones is keen to deflect the limelight and focus on adding more strings to Munster’s bow.
Sat, 20 Jan, 2018
Rassie Erasmus jetted home to South Africa last night confident that Munster are in safe hands with his replacement, Johann van Graan.
Tue, 14 Nov, 2017
As he reflects on his latest honour, newly-crowned Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year Conor Murray is also wary of the dangers of admiring his work for too long.
Wed, 01 Nov, 2017
There will be more searching examinations this season of Munster’s Guinness PRO14 title credentials than those posed by Benetton Rugby last Friday in Cork but as opening-night performances go, there was much from which Rassie Erasmus could take pleasure.
Mon, 04 Sep, 2017
Wed, 30 Aug, 2017
Tue, 29 Aug, 2017
Amid all the hoopla about Peter O’Mahony’s captaincy of the Lions is the salient point that in sport, as in life, timing is everything.
Fri, 23 Jun, 2017
Fri, 02 Jun, 2017
VERY few causes have brought the people of the six counties of Munster together like the province’s rugby team.
Sat, 27 May, 2017
If Niall Scannell ever needs a reality check about what real pressure feels like, he and his Munster team-mates do not need to search too far back in the memory banks.
Thu, 25 May, 2017
Mon, 22 May, 2017
We know what Connacht have done to us, while Treviso have been overturning teams like Ospreys and Edinburgh.
Sat, 29 Apr, 2017
Fri, 09 Dec, 2016
Two rounds played in the Champions Cup and only three teams in Europe have chalked up two wins. No surprise that Saracens and Clermont Auvergne have begun in such stellar fashion, but Pat Lam’s men are beginning to show that their historic PRO12 win might not be a one-hit wonder.
Mon, 24 Oct, 2016
There are growing fears Luke Fitzgerald is about to announce his retirement from rugby due to injury.
Tue, 28 Jun, 2016
He might not be the finished article quite yet but within the Ireland camp there is a strong feeling that Paddy Jackson is well on the way to proving himself a genuine rival for Johnny Sexton in the chase for the green number 10 jersey.
Wed, 15 Jun, 2016
Fri, 10 Jun, 2016
Tue, 31 May, 2016
For Conor Murray, the thought of having to watch Connacht and Leinster duke it out in a Guinness Pro12 final this Saturday fills him with frustration.
Thu, 26 May, 2016
Head coach Anthony Foley declared he was prepared to walk away from Munster if he felt he could no longer inspire winning performances from his players.
Mon, 11 Jan, 2016
Versatile Munster forward Billy Holland believes the hard-fought 9-7 win in Belfast at the weekend can help turn their season around.
Tue, 05 Jan, 2016
Months before the commencement of battle, Munster head coach Anthony Foley has forewarned his troops that nothing will come easy in Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup.
Thu, 18 Jun, 2015
Barbarians head coach Robbie Deans will go head to head with compatriot Joe Schmidt at Thomond Park on Thursday night believing his invitational side are set to face genuine World Cup contenders.
Tue, 26 May, 2015
Eoin Reddan believes Ireland can be more assured about what they will bring to the table at the World Cup in England later this year than was the case in New Zealand in 2011 or France eight years ago.
Tue, 26 May, 2015
Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy has been given a handful of games to prove he is worth being given a World Cup swansong after announcing he will retire at the end of this autumn’s tournament in England.
Sat, 02 May, 2015
It’s no secret that my Ireland career didn’t end the way I would have liked, and if this week is the end for Gordon D’Arcy, it’s certainly not how he would have wanted to finish up either.
Fri, 13 Mar, 2015
When you’re barely taller than a postbox, you get used to all-comers trying to knock you down, and that’s why Shane Williams isn’t queuing up to give Ireland’s tactics a kicking.
Thu, 12 Mar, 2015
Jared Payne has spent the grand total of two days with Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up but the Ulster back has already made considerable inroads in the race to replace Brian O’Driscoll as the side’s resident 13.
Tue, 23 Sep, 2014
Gordon D’Arcy can be an expansive talker, a man who thinks about a question and his answer before offering a considered opinion on the topic of the moment, but pre-season teaches you to treat every breath as precious.
Wed, 06 Aug, 2014
Former Ireland flanker Alan Quinlan has spoken of his surprise at the decision to bring Jonathan Sexton on tour to Argentina and expressed hope that Joe Schmidt wraps his fly-half in kid gloves for the duration.
Sat, 31 May, 2014
Matt O’Connor has challenged Ian Madigan to reach another level while admitting the uncertainty over who to start at out-half has affected Leinster’s performances since life after Jonathan Sexton.
Wed, 28 May, 2014
Strange how history repeats itself.
Sat, 28 Dec, 2013
For a full decade now, the Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy midfield axis has survived and thrived in the pell-mell that is international rugby but the durable duo are on borrowed time.
Fri, 01 Nov, 2013
Nick Williams has signed a new two-year contract extension with Ulster, keeping him at Ravenhill until the summer of 2016.
Wed, 02 Oct, 2013
Highlights include Colin Stafford Johnson's new series on the Shannon, and highly-rated new spy drama The Americans.
Sat, 25 May, 2013
Ulster’s John Afoa will start at tighthead in the only change to the starting XV that defeated the Scarlets a fortnight ago for tomorrow's RaboDirect PRO12 Final against Leinster at the RDS (4.45pm).
Fri, 24 May, 2013
Cian Healy isn’t one for cracking under questioning.
Thu, 23 May, 2013
The Leinster management must contend with a number of injuries arising from Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup victory, as they prepare for Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final in the RDS against Ulster (4.45pm).
Mon, 20 May, 2013
Concerns over Brian O’Driscoll’s fitness heading into a Lions summer were reduced yesterday following Joe Schmidt’s assertion that the centre is expected to be fit for Leinster’s RaboDirect PRO12 final against Ulster tomorrow week.
Fri, 17 May, 2013
All that remains now is the timing.
Mon, 29 Apr, 2013