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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C


All time
Conor Murray returns as Munster bag bonus-point win over Zebre on the road
Chris Farrell also made his return to action.
# pro14
Wootton hopes to give Munster's away form a boost while staking first-team claim
A heavy loss in Cardiff stands out in Munster’s poor recent away record.
# can't beat keith
'It'd be hard to see me playing anywhere else': Keith Earls extends contract to 2021
The 31-year-old has three years ahead to chase more records at provincial and Test level.
# Pride
'There's something special about the red jersey... Munster always meant a lot to me'
Laura Guest has gone from captaining Munster to inter-pro success to leading them as head coach.
# Back on the Horse
Arnold only man retained as Munster rest front-liners for Ulster clash
All but six members of Munster’s matchday squad in Bordeaux will rest up this weekend.
'It's just me. I always feel a bit better if we had a little scuffle in the game!'
Munster lock Jean Kleyn is looking forward to the physical side of the clash with Toulon today.
# Munster
Andrew Conway signs new contract to remain at Munster until 2020
Stephen Fitzgerald has also been given a fresh deal, extending his development contract for another year.
# ready for a reunion
'He used to bully the hell out of me! He really scared me, frightened me actually'
Ulster coach Niall Malone on Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill and all things in the northern province.
Munster well worth the wait as they book record quarter-final date in style
Despite a three-hour delay, the southern province ticked pretty much every box as they powered into the Champions Cup knockout stages.
# Red Army
'I'm very proud to be part of this club and that's the reason why I came here'
Johann van Graan has thanked the Munster management, players, ground staff and supporters after the province booked their place in the Champions Cup quarters.
# Discipline
'I've to roll out quicker and stay quiet as well': O'Mahony determined set a better example for Munster
Donnacha Ryan proved a frustrating figure for the Munster captain last weekend.
# joined up thinking
Expansive Munster attack about 'inter-linked' approach for Van Graan
Johann van Graan wants to take an ‘inter-linked’ look at each area rather than single one department out for praise.
O'Mahony hopeful of shaking off ankle knock after missing Munster training today
Conor Oliver has been added to the province’s squad for the pool 6 finale against Castres.
# gg
Munster name Grobler in 'A' side to face Costello's Nottingham tomorrow
Conor Oliver joins the under-fire South African in the pack while Ulster A have also named their ‘A team’.
Munster take big step towards quarter-finals with momentous win at Welford Road
Ian Keatley kicked 20 points as the southern province tightened their grip on Pool 4.
# Stand up and fight
Four-try Munster produce their European best to freeze Leicester out in big win
Johann van Graan’s first European game in charge saw his side seize control of their pool.
# southern comfort
'They love Munster and Munster love them' - Taute confident POM and Stander will stay put
Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander will pledge their future to the southern province, Jaco Taute says.
# Home and Away
Playing for Ireland is more important for me than a move abroad - Keith Earls
‘It’s huge, it’s a lot to give up to head away to France or England or wherever it is.’
November gives Wootton irresistible scent of international rugby
The fruit of Ireland’s Exiles programme, the wing is determined to carry his excellent form through a pivotal December for Johann van Graan’s Munster.
# daddy cool
Putting rugby in its proper perspective has allowed Ian Keatley to enjoy the game
Starting 10, opposite Dan Carter, Saturday was one of Keatley’s best nights in red.
# Handover
'I'm going to miss it a lot': Van Graan arrival draws exit closer for Erasmus
The South African cut an emotional figure when asked about what he would miss about Munster.
'It's really hard to break Munster at home': Settling for a point doesn't come easy for O'Gara
With the game well in the balance on the hour, O’Gara was gutted to miss out on a win in Thomond Park.
# no guts no glory
Erasmus hails Munster's heart to edge Racing battle
“The guys’ hearts were really big today and the technique was really sound.”
# Reaction
Keatley's kicks, the architect of Munster defence and more talking points
In tough conditions, the southern province claimed a hard-fought win over Racing 92.
# Slow Burner
Immense defence and big Murray moment gives Munster win over Racing
For an hour, Munster’s first home outing in Europe looked destined for a stalemate in a gruelling weather-hit contest.
# Champions Cup
Munster must be squeaky clean as Storm Brian and Dan Carter descend on Limerick
Ronan O’Gara’s Racing 92 look well equipped to make it an uncomfortable evening for Munster.
# golden nugget
European title 'a void that needs to be filled' for Zebo and Munster
While Zebo is unable to rule out a move away from his native province, the prospect of bringing a trophy home sounds like a reason to stay.
# Champions Cup
'In the last two or three minutes we tried hard to throw it away' - Rassie
Munster’s late indiscipline went unpunished in Castres.
# Opinion
Rory Scannell hits hard and more talking points from Munster's draw in Castres
Nobody is ever happy with a draw, but Munster may well look back with pride at the two points they earned today.
# Intense
Munster battle out a draw after ferocious contest in Castres
Simon Zebo and Dave KIlcoyne touched down for the southern, but it was their defence which deserves the plaudits.
# Munsterman
Anthony Foley documentary delivers the emotional story of a legend we can all relate to
Tomorrow will mark a year since Foley’s untimely death and the emotions still feel raw as some of his closest friends and sisters discuss the man who made Munster.
# Interview
‘This Munster team wants to evolve and I can be a key part of that hopefully’
Chris Farrell has always seen himself as more than just ‘an extra forward’ in the back-line, but he’s determined to add more grunt alongside his under-rated handling ability.
'They'll work for that badge until the jersey's ripped off them'
Intensity won’t be a problem for Munster next weekend either.
Erasmus: Added attacking threat makes Munster a better contender in Europe this season
The southern province are confident that a sharp upturn in discipline will put them in good position this weekend.
Lions experience has O'Mahony primed to get on with the job through distraction or disappointment
‘You’re gutted inside for 10 minutes, then you get on with it.’
# Munster
Erasmus asked South Africa not to involve him in Van Graan tug-of-war
The South African insists he is not in a conflicted position as Munster move to take the Springboks’ highly-regarded forwards coach.
# jj on the double
Hanrahan back with a bang to hand Munster bonus point win
Rassie Erasmus’ side got back to winning ways thanks to a powerful second-half display.
# Team news
Munster's Lions trio return as nine changes named for Cardiff clash
Rassie Erasmus has named his side for tomorrow’s Pro14 game at Thomond Park.
# holistic
Lions lessons evident in returning Peter O'Mahony, says Tommy O'Donnell
‘He’s bringing a whole view of the game and how we’re playing.’
# home comforts
'New Zealand did everything they possibly could to get Joe Schmidt back'
David Nucifora says ‘there was a lot of pressure’ from New Zealand in an effort to tempt Ireland’s head coach away last year.