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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Perpignan

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# Wrap
Montpellier continue winning run against Perpignan, Racing lose at Castres
Elsewhere, Clermont hooker Yohan Beheregaray scored a hat-trick in the 39-11 home hammering of Biarritz.
# simon says
Simon Zebo grabs a hat-trick as Perpignan are routed by Racing 92
Perpignan suffered a 23rd loss in 25 Top 14 games, going down 52-14 to the side from Paris.
# Top 14
14-man Toulon end Toulouse's unbeaten run ahead of Dublin semi-final
The Top 14 leaders were beaten in Marseille on Saturday.
# taking control
New Ulster CEO keen to move on from 'old wounds' and take province forward
Jonny Petrie is eager to keep the focus on rugby in Ulster.
# Top 14
Thomas off injured as Racing warm up for Belfast trip with Toulon win
The French winger could miss next weekend’s game against Ulster.
# Perpignan
Driver killed after car crashes at 'yellow vest' roadblock in southern France
There have now been ten deaths related to the protests since they began.
# Perpignan
Paddy Jackson in talks over possible move if Perpignan's relegation is sealed
The Catalan club are rooted to the bottom of the Top14 and are yet to win this season
Second-half surge sees Connacht earn bonus-point victory over 14-man Perpignan
The Irish province ran in five tries at the Stade Aime Giral this evening.
# all-terrain
Connacht ready to perform whatever the weather in Perpignan
From South Africa to Galway and now on to Perpignan, the breadth of Connacht’s skill-set is being tested.
# Bundee
Boost for Connacht as Aki to return for Leinster showdown after wedding
The focus is on Perpignan first though, a trip the Ireland international misses as he’s home in New Zealand.
# half-back
Marmion in line for November Test duty, ankle injury not as serious as feared
Conor Murray’s continued absence means Joe Schmidt may have to look to the Connacht 9.
# Irish Abroad
Zebo keeps scoring, a debut for Foley, and POC's Stade win again
Here’s how the Irish players and coaches based abroad did in recent days.
# lock out
AC joint to keep Thornbury out of Connacht action until 'at least November'
With a South Africa trip in store for the Westerners, a December return has been mooted.
# Top 14
Zebo opens his Top 14 account but Racing hammered by Clermont
There was also defeat for Paddy Jackson and Perpignan this afternoon.
# Perpignan
Ireland return far from Jackson's mind as he attempts to restart career in Perpignan
The former Ulster out-half has played his first game since being acquitted of rape this year.
# paul shine-dixon
Remains of Dublin man found buried in French city nine years after disappearance
Shortly before Paul Shine-Dixon went missing in France, he told his partner he had witnessed a shooting.
# Future
'I don't think anything is ever forever, who knows what could happen?'
IRFU boss David Nucifora hasn’t ruled out a return to Ireland for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.
# france bound
Paddy Jackson set for Top 14 rugby as he signs two-year deal at Perpignan
The news was announced this morning.
# Perpignan
Death toll from French school bus crash rises to six
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the process of identifying the victims was “extremely difficult”.
# Millas
Four children dead after school bus and train collide in France
The incident happened this afternoon, close to the city of Perpignan.
# ballin' and brawln'
These French rugby clubs were left playing 13 aside after a mass brawl
Nobody likes to see this sort of thing obviously…
# Flashback
On this day in 2009... Munster recorded one of their greatest European triumphs
Tony McGahan’s side ended Perpignan’s five-year unbeaten streak at home in the Heineken Cup with a bonus-point win at the Stade Aime Giral.
# until you hear the bell
'We picked a fight and we got it', says O'Mahony after great Munster escape
The Munster captain instantly put today’s win over Perpignan among the classics.
# munster magic
JJ Hanrahan's super sweet sidestep gives Munster victory
The young Kerryman’s brilliant try rescued his team from defeat in Perpignan.
AS IT HAPPENED
Perpignan v Munster, Heineken Cup
We went minute-by-minute as Rob Penney’s side look to put another European win in the bank.
# into the wild
Matching aggression to width looks the key for Munster
Perpignan represent a different challenge at the Stade Aimé Giral, but Rob Penney’s men can do a job.
# Team news
Four changes for Munster as Donnacha Ryan returns
Rob Penney has made changes in the front row, second row and at scrum-half for tomorrow’s clash with Perpignan.
# catalan cauldron
O'Mahony: Munster have been winning in France for years
The southern province’s captain feels his team will thrive in the Stade Aimé Giral’s overbearing atmosphere.
# exclusion
CJ Stander named at No. 8 in Munster 'A' team
The South African back-row will not be part of Munster’s Heineken Cup clash in Perpignan this weekend
# smokescreen
Rob Penney: 'Perpignan will be trying to ambush us'
The Kiwi head coach was delighted with how his tactical plan worked out last weekend.
# Here's Johne!
Murphy admits to Munster's defensive concerns before Perpignan trip
The winger recalls experiencing the ‘intimidating’ atmosphere in Perpignan during his time with Leicester.
# Captain Hook
Mafi will be 'bouncing' for return leg against Munster - James Hook
The Perpignan captain says he has loved his time in France as rumours over new arrivals persist.
# Maturity
O'Mahony: 'We're not going to fall in love with ourselves'
The Munster captain refused to get carried away by his team’s attacking edge against Perpignan.
# clean sweep
5 talking points from this weekend's Heineken Cup action
There were four magnificent wins for Connacht, Ulster, Leinster and Munster in Europe over the last two days.
# Injury Worries
Penney admits Murray is unlikely to play next weekend
The Munster coach was happy to beat Perpignan well, but injuries to his starting halfbacks are cause for concern.
AS IT HAPPENED
Munster v Perpignan, Heineken Cup
Rob Penney’s men powered to a convincing five-try win against the French side in Limerick.
# Preview
Win or bust for Munster when Perpignan come knocking
Defeat to Edinburgh makes any more slip-ups unacceptable.
# high noon
It’s not about the booze: Botha explains the real difficulty with early kick-offs
Under darkness, the atmosphere and on-field intensity always feels better. There’s a reason for that.
# Inside knowledge
Bernard Jackman: Munster must be wary of Perpignan backs
The Grenoble defence and collisions coach filled us in on what Robe Penney’s side should expect tomorrow.
# Key Battles
Munster v Perpignan: Three crucial head-to-heads in Limerick
The Top 14 side are without some key men, but still have the potential to upset the Limerick crowd.