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From The42 Munster ethos stands on the shoulders of giants Lineage

Munster ethos stands on the shoulders of giants

James Coughlan wants the current Munster crop to follow in the footsteps of legends.

From The42 Heaslip protégé Murphy eager to stake a claim for big games Breakthrough

Heaslip protégé Murphy eager to stake a claim for big games

The young Leinster back row is eyeing up a starting XV berth when the season begins on September 6.

From The42 Tunnels, flags and precise drinking times: take a 22 step walk around Munster's dressing rooms SUAF This post contains images

Tunnels, flags and precise drinking times: take a 22 step walk around Munster's dressing rooms

It’s like MTV Cribs, but with less plasma TVs.

From The42 Hardest ever pre-season has Earls conditioned for Munster fight SUAF

Hardest ever pre-season has Earls conditioned for Munster fight

The flying back took time out with us this week to chat workload, gameplan and, yes, even his position.

From The42 Murray eager to start season and rediscover that winning high Interview

Murray eager to start season and rediscover that winning high

The scrum-half says Munster have a group of players around his age, ready to step up and lead.

From The42 Have you seen Munster's new away kit yet? SWAG

Have you seen Munster's new away kit yet?

Look, it’s raining in Limerick too.

From The42 O'Connor calls on Madigan to step up and into Sexton's shoes First Impressions

O'Connor calls on Madigan to step up and into Sexton's shoes

The new Leinster coach hints that the young Irish number 10 may not have the shirt all to himself this season.

From The42 Here are the best bits from Ulster's wacky race to Bundoran The Amazing Race

Here are the best bits from Ulster's wacky race to Bundoran

Boats, buses and Paddy’s Sunday best. Tuesday’s trek had it all.

From The42 IRFU report shows 74% decrease in international squad drug testing Anti-doping

IRFU report shows 74% decrease in international squad drug testing

However, anti-doping controls have increased at each of provincial, under 20 and academy levels of the game.

From The42 9 reasons the Pro12 semi-finals are essential viewing this weekend The Business End This post contains videos

9 reasons the Pro12 semi-finals are essential viewing this weekend

There’s nothing quite like the intensity of knock-out rugby.

From The42 It's official: Matt O'Connor will be Leinster's next coach Incoming

It's official: Matt O'Connor will be Leinster's next coach

The Australian has put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the province.

From The42 Here's all you need to know about tonight's Pro12 awards Big Bash This post contains videos

Here's all you need to know about tonight's Pro12 awards

The best try, the top coach and a Kiwi number eight who has won everybody’s respect.

From The42 Pro12 report: Ulster maintain pace at summit with bonus point in Connacht Pro12

Pro12 report: Ulster maintain pace at summit with bonus point in Connacht

The league leaders rode out Connacht’s first half storm with five different try-scorers.

From The42 Tom Court: International rugby is a microscope 24/7, now players can relax Inter-pro

Tom Court: International rugby is a microscope 24/7, now players can relax

As the Six Nations fades out of view, Ireland’s top two Pro12 contenders are on a collision course this Saturday.

From The42 'I'd prefer Mountjoy': Rugby fans react to Luke Fitzgerald's proposed Munster move Of Its Time This post contains images

'I'd prefer Mountjoy': Rugby fans react to Luke Fitzgerald's proposed Munster move

Reports today suggested the Leinster back had signed a new contract with the southern province.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action

Dry your international tears and get back to the warm glow of inter-provincial rugby.

From The42 The 8 signs you’re a Munster Rugby fan Lidgends This post contains videos

The 8 signs you’re a Munster Rugby fan

PJ’s, All Blacks and blagging your way into away games.

From The42 The 8 signs you're a Connacht Rugby fan Stereotypes This post contains videos

The 8 signs you're a Connacht Rugby fan

The Wesht’s Awake, and so on…

From The42 The 8 signs you're a Leinster Rugby fan 4 Proud Provinces This post contains videos

The 8 signs you're a Leinster Rugby fan

It’s not all frappuccinos and alpaca-wool scarves.

From The42 New Blue: Here’s what you can expect from Jimmy Gopperth, Leinster fans Provincial This post contains videos

New Blue: Here’s what you can expect from Jimmy Gopperth, Leinster fans

The Kiwi will compete with Ian Madigan for a starting place next season.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action

The season is coming around for a final lap, time for our provinces to position themselves for the play-off mix.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action

The Six Nations may be tucked up in bed, but Ulster and Leinster welcome Italian opposition while Connacht and Munster take on the Welsh.

From The42 Pro12 wrap: Ulster, Connacht fall to Welsh as Leinster impress in Cardiff Provincial

Pro12 wrap: Ulster, Connacht fall to Welsh as Leinster impress in Cardiff

As if a home defeat wasn’t bad enough for the league leaders, Ruan Pienaar left the field injured in the second half.

From The42 Heineken Cup Cheat Sheet: your guide to this weekend's rugby action Provincial

Heineken Cup Cheat Sheet: your guide to this weekend's rugby action

Even four wins from four may not be enough for our provinces.

From The42 Inter-pro: 3 key battles to decide Munster v Ulster Derby Day

Inter-pro: 3 key battles to decide Munster v Ulster

Ulster’s team selection has left them vulnerable at Thomond Park this evening.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's inter-pros Provincial

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend's inter-pros

Four provinces, two games. Happy Christmas to us.

From The42 Leinster looking to laugh off defeat as attention turns north Inter-pro

Leinster looking to laugh off defeat as attention turns north

“What’s done is done”, say Eoin Reddan as he focuses on the imminent Pro12 clash with ulster.

From The42 No new injury concerns for Munster as O'Donnell and Dougall return Provincial

No new injury concerns for Munster as O'Donnell and Dougall return

The scans have not brought such good news for Ulster.

From The42 Heineken Cup cheat sheet: Your guide to this weekend's European rugby action Provincial

Heineken Cup cheat sheet: Your guide to this weekend's European rugby action

Our four provinces are facing into a pivotal fortnight of the season, here’s all you need to know.

From The42 Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend’s rugby action Back To Work

Pro12 Cheat Sheet: Your guide to this weekend’s rugby action

It’s the last round of league games before the Heineken Cup clicks back into gear.

From The42 Niall Ronan: ‘There were days I wondered if I’d ever recover at all’ Unlucky 7

Niall Ronan: ‘There were days I wondered if I’d ever recover at all’

After two appearances in an injury ravaged 10 months, the Munster openside is hoping to make his first team return permanent this weekend.

From The42 Pro12: Team of the Week First XV

Pro12: Team of the Week

Three out of four provinces won this weekend. These players were the reason why.

From The42 As it happened: Munster v Zebre, RaboDirect Pro12 Liveblog

As it happened: Munster v Zebre, RaboDirect Pro12

We went minute-by-minute as Munster met the minnows in Thomond Park.

From The42 Promoted: McEntee takes up IRFU high performance role Behind The Scenes

Promoted: McEntee takes up IRFU high performance role

Leinster academy boss Colin McEntee has been entrusted with Irish Rugby’s next generation.

From The42 3 things to look out for, and 1 thing we learned, in the Heineken Cup this weekend Highlights
From The42 Heineken Cup cheat sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action Provincial

Heineken Cup cheat sheet: Your guide to this weekend's rugby action

We preview the games that matter and ask, is four wins from four provinces really too much to ask for?

From The42 Heineken Cup: Duffy ready to answer Connacht’s tough questions Lessons Learned

Heineken Cup: Duffy ready to answer Connacht’s tough questions

The experienced fullback is determined, but realistic about his European goals this season.

From The42 Pro12: Team of the Week First XV

Pro12: Team of the Week

Here’s the cream of the crop offered up by our four provinces this weekend.

From The42 VIDEO: Provincial captains gearing up for Heineken Cup campaigns High Hopes This post contains videos

VIDEO: Provincial captains gearing up for Heineken Cup campaigns

Munster’s Doug Howlett declared that Leinster would be ‘watched closely be all the teams’.

From The42 Four conclusions from this weekend's Pro12 action Opinion

Four conclusions from this weekend's Pro12 action

The season gets serious. Starting now.