Gloucester ran in six tries on their way to recording a 45-8 victory over Munster at Kingsholm this afternoon. It was a day for new combinations for the province, a new coaching ticket, a new kit and debuts for eleven of Munster's young guns.
The inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup is set to explode into action in mid-October with two compelling weekends of heavyweight clashes between European club rugby's professional elite. Leinster, Munster and Ulster will all face English opponents in the opening round.
Prop James Cronin, who won his first Ireland cap in the second Test win over Argentina last month, told the Munster Rugby website about his Argentinian experience and the return to pre-season training with Munster.
Munster Rugby have teamed up with Kitman Labs for use of their flagship Profiler system, providing sports science software to Munster coaching and medical staff, assisting them in the critical decisions necessary to help reduce injuries and improve athlete performance.
The PRO12, rugby's premier professional club competition in Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales, today announced the fixtures for the 2014/2015 season and welcomed Guinness as the new title sponsors - the league will now be called the GUINNESS PRO12.
Fancy lining out for Fiji's famous Daveta club side or scoring a try for South Africa's Blue Bulls? Organisers of the Limerick World Club 7s event are offering 12 Irish-based rugby players the chance to play for one of the world-class club sides coming to Thomond Park for the very first Limerick World Club 7s event on August 9th and 10th.
New Munster head coach Anthony Foley has a difficult path to negotiate in Pool 1 of the European Rugby Champions Cup, with the Reds facing home and away encounters with Saracens, Clermont Auvergne and Sale Sharks.
Leinster, Saracens and Toulon are guaranteed top seeding when the pool draw for the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup takes place at the Stade de la Maladière in Neuchatel, Switzerland on Tuesday (12pm Irish time).
With this year's captain Dan Leavy and his stand-in Sean O'Brien both succumbing to injury, number 8 Jack O'Donoghue has been chosen to lead the Ireland Under-20s for their IRB Junior World Championship campaign in New Zealand.