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Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Munster

This week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Appointment
Munster appoint Costello as first-ever Head of Rugby Operations
The new role will involve player development, succession planning, and recruitment.
# last 16
Leinster-Ulster knockout Champions Cup clash confirmed for Aviva Stadium
Munster face Sharks on the same day.
# Analysis
Kinsella on Rugby: Munster's wonder try against Toulouse points to good coaching
The offloading, passing and pace of the move shows the progress being made under attack coach Mike Prendergast.
# Talking Points
Porter leads Leinster, Ulster impress, Connacht stumble and Munster will miss Ryan
The42 writers look back on the weekend’s action for the province.
# On The Road
'It's a challenge, we like a challenge at this club' - Munster's Rowntree
The Munster boss says they welcome the challenge of travelling to take on the Sharks.
Last week
15th January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Winner winner
Niamh Briggs' Munster retain interpro title and go back-to-back for first time since 2015
Deirbhile Nic a Bháird’s rampaging first-half try inspired a 50-24 win over Connacht, while Leinster were 43-0 winners over Ulster.
# Talking Points
Leinster's Joe Show, Connacht's Aki call, Ulster's defining night and Kilcoyne's Munster aim
The42 rugby writers look ahead to a huge weekend for the four Irish provinces.
# Forward momentum
Ryan and Hodnett earn starting roles in Munster pack for Toulouse clash
Conor Murray returns to match-day squad, while Joe Carbery retains his spot at 10.
# bounce back
'He is reminding me of CJ' - Coombes earns swift recall to Ireland squad
The Munster back row has been in brilliant form after being dropped by Ireland back in November.
# Senior players
Murray and Earls still 'hugely important' for Munster after being left out
The senior pair missed out on selection against Northampton last weekend.
# RG Snyman
'I can't commend the man more. He's had two years from hell'
Munster lock RG Snyman continued his recovery from his ACL injury today.
# classic
TU Dublin defeat UL on penalties in seesaw thriller, while other four Sigerson games postponed
Only one third-level football match went ahead tonight — and it went all the way to 80 minutes and beyond.
# Talking Points
Leinster's setpiece, the good and the bad for Munster, Ulster's half-back dilemma
Plenty to digest after the weekend’s Champions Cup ties for the Irish provinces.
# around the grounds
Sherlock inspires Cork to McGrath Cup final, penalty win for Derry in Dr McKenna Cup
There were also pre-season wins today for the hurlers of Clare, Kilkenny and Wexford.
This month
January 2023
# Champions Cup
Rowntree opts for Casey and Patterson as scrum-halves as Munster ring changes for Saints
Conor Murray is absent from the squad.
# Hooked
'I don’t know where my life would be if I didn’t pick up the rugby ball'
Munster hooker Kate Sheehan’s life has revolved around rugby.
# Last Four
Midleton, Cashel and Thurles all book places in Dr Harty Cup semi-finals
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday 21 January.
# Moving Forward
Late scoring run powers All-Ireland champs Ardscoil Rís into Dr Harty Cup semi-finals
The Limerick school had five points to spare over their Templemore opponents.
# Behind The Scenes
How Munster's 'chaos games' are pushing their need for speed
Denis Leamy says it’s ‘chalk and cheese’ in terms of Munster’s improvement since the start of the season.
# classic
'In the corner of my eye, I caught that ROG was back... he popped it over'
Munster’s win over Northampton in 2011 will live long in the memory.
# New Addition
Lawler to join Munster as skills coach next season in move from Connacht
Mossy Lawler featured for Munster from 2000 to 2008 as a player.
# Weather Warning
Status Yellow rain warning issued for Munster and Galway
The alert kicks in overnight at 3am and will be in place until 3pm tomorrow.
# Munster
Nic a Bhaird leads way as Munster too strong for Ulster in opening Interpro
Niamh Briggs’ side ran out 34-0 winners over Ulster at Musgrave Park.
# too strong
Cork hit 2-30 as they claim opening Munster hurling league win over Kerry
Pat Ryan saw his team begin their Group B pre-season campaign with a win.
# scotsman
Lure of Test rugby sees ambitious Healy agree Munster exit for Scotland
Munster are understood to be closing in on the re-signing of Jake Flannery from Ulster.
# Starting Sides
Dublin and Kerry name teams ahead of 2023 football openers tonight
Dublin are away to Wicklow and Kerry travel to face Cork.
# Reaction
Munster coach Rowntree: 'I'm immensely proud of the guys'
Ben Healy’s late try paved the way for a dramatic win for Munster.
# Hitting Out
'We were terrible' - Ulster coach blasts team after they throw away lead against Munster
Ulster were ahead by two scores heading into the final ten minutes but lost to a Munster comeback.
# big ben
Healy the hero as Munster snatch dramatic win away to Ulster
The Tipperary native came off the bench to switch the game in Munster’s favour.
# winning ways
Northampton snap losing run ahead of Thomond Park trip to face Munster
The win over Harlequins sees Northampton move up to fifth in the Premiership.
Last month
December 2022
# Moore to come
'I’ve a point to prove, but not so much to Irish coaches and selection, more for Ulster'
Marty Moore is relishing Ulster’s New Year’s Day battle against Munster.
# Treatment Table
Munster still have no firm date for World Cup winner Snyman's injury return
There were hopes that Snyman might finally get back on the pitch over the festive period.
# christmas cracker
'A huge game, you test yourself against the best' - Munster set for Leinster showdown
Mike Prendergast on the Christmas fixture between the provincial rivals.
# starting XV
Munster make four changes for Sunday's trip to face Northampton
Jack Crowley, Keith Earls, Conor Murray and Jack O’Donoghue all come in to start.
# success
Rathmore overcome Na Piarsaigh to continue Kerry's dominance in Munster
The win makes it eight titles in a row for Kingdom clubs and 15 in 16 years.
# mallow
Weather conditions force venue switch for Munster senior club football final
Leinster junior hurling final also gets change of venue
# Stand up and fight
Haley returns as Munster make one change for Sunday's clash with Toulouse
Shane Daly moves to the wing and Keith Earls is on the bench.
# Red Army
'A sea of red' - Toulouse expecting raucous atmosphere in Thomond Park
Pita Ahki says Munster will be out for revenge after last season’s shoot-out defeat.
# Irish Abroad
'Limerick and Newport are similar places, working-class people'
Former Munster out-half JJ Hanrahan has settled happily into life with the Dragons.
# Settling in
'Hopefully I get to contribute and add to the Munster legacy'
Tongan centre Malakai Fekitoa hopes to put his early struggles in Munster behind him.