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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C


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# Lockdown
Holland heaps praise on 'Bakkies Botha type' Kleyn
Munster’s second row stalwart can feel the makings of an effective partnership with the South African.
# try and try again
Freedom breeding confidence for Munster's Sweetnam
The wing is looking sharp again after making giant leaps forward last term.
# As You Were
Flannery says business as usual for Munster in wake of Erasmus announcement
“It was weird with the announcement at the start of pre-season but it in no way has it affected our rugby.”
# Comment
Homeward bound Erasmus still has time to leave a legacy behind at Munster
There’s another transitional period ahead for Munster with Erasmus returning to South Africa at the end of the year, but he can make lasting changes in this pre-season.
# Short and sweet
Munster confirm that Rassie and Nienaber will leave the province in December
The SARU have been keeping a close eye on Erasmus’ successful season in Ireland.
Munster players more than ready to 'evolve' as attacking flair triumphs in Pro12 again
Simon Zebo wants a change of mind-set in the way his side attack after seeing Scarlets have ‘the balls’ to run from deep.
# Red Alert
'Everybody looks fit,' says Rassie as Munster wind up for final push
The South African has no new injury concerns as he looks forward to a return to the Aviva Stadium to face Scarlets.
Quinlan: Munster will never forget Rassie for delivering fantastic campaign in a traumatic season
The South African director of rugby has pushed his team to excel in impossible circumstances since Anthony Foley’s death.
# Full Circle
Donnacha Ryan departing Munster with some frustration, but also a new crop of 'heroes'
The Tipperary man will play his last home game at Thomond Park tomorrow when Ospreys visit for the Pro12 semi-final.
# harsh lessons
Time hasn't healed Munster pain from Saracens loss, but that standard drives them on
The black shirts of the Ospreys will provide a fine proving ground for the lessons Munster learned from the Champions Cup semi-final.
# the 1 seed
'They've been under a cloud of pressure': Rassie pleased for players after topping table
The South African was also happy to see Conor Murray in ‘solid’ form on his return from injury.
# Table Toppers
Connacht end with a whimper as 7-try Munster roar to Pro12 summit
Connacht’s defence could not hold up to a hungry Munster onslaught.
# Red Army
As you were: Erasmus happy to stick with same coaching team for next season
Jerry Flannery, Felix Jones and Jacques Nienaber are all set to stay put.
# bruised
'We want silverware so badly': Munster determined to take Pro12 honours
‘We have to be harsh on ourselves today and say they were the better team and we’ve got to go again.’
'We gave them 45 minutes of hell,' says Ryan as Munster vow to come back stronger
There was a toll to be paid for Munster’s high-tempo kicking game.
'We've got a few plans up our sleeve' - Munster hungry to upset Saracens
Rassie Erasmus feels this Champions Cup semi-final is a litmus tests for his team.
# sliding doors
Belfast win a turning point in Munster season, says Kilcoyne as return inter-pro looms
‘There is no point is saying that Saracens is not at the forefront of our minds,” admits the prop.
Munster show defensive mettle to to see off Glasgow in tough Pro12 clash
Rassie’s side are seven points clear of third-placed Ospreys with just three matches remaining in the regular season.
# Red Army
'An awful lot of it is down to Axel': Flannery's insight into Munster's year
The Munster scrum coach gave a fascinating interview on Sky Sports.
Ronan O'Mahony wants 'to give Rassie a headache' and push for honours
The Garryowen club man has his sights set on Ireland’s summer tour in the US and Japan.
'I am definitely not in the mix': Rassie commits to Munster despite Springbok struggles
The pressure is on Allister Coetzee after a disastrous 2016, but the Munster boss says he is staying put.
Munster strong favourites to earn home QF in front of another sold out Thomond
Rassie Erasmus’ men are expected to win convincingly in Limerick today.
'This team is pretty emotionally intelligent' - Erasmus proud of Munster in Paris
The southern province moved to the top of Pool 1 of the Champions Cup with a big win over Racing.
Racing 92 v Munster, Champions Cup
We were in Paris for Munster’s rescheduled clash with Ronan O’Gara and the French champions.
'Our style of play has Axel written all over it': O'Mahony keeping emotions channelled for return to Paris
“We’re not going to think about Axel any more than we do every other week.”
# down to david
Earls a doubt for Munster's trip to Leicester as Rassie mulls Taute issue
The South African is looking forward to coaching Francis Saili into his back-line.
# club and country
Munster's Edinburgh trip set for same weekend as Ireland face Scotland in Murrayfield
Get your digs sorted sooner rather than later.
# precision
Tigers don't get a sniff as Sweetnam stars in magnificent Munster win
Erasmus’ men never looked in danger with brilliant performances all over the park.
Erasmus' Munster can call on Thomond fervour as they welcome Leicester
The southern province are on a run of six consecutive wins since Anthony Foley passed away.
CJ Stander is the RWI Player of the Year after making a big impact on the international stage
The South African-born back row has led Munster and contributed three tries in 10 Tests for his adopted country.
# 2017
Postponed after Foley death, Munster's meeting with Racing 92 scheduled for January
Munster’s Pro12 trip to Edinburgh has been postponed to facilitate the European match.
'I think my heart is turning Irish' - Erasmus feeling the Munster passion
Tommy O’Donnell feels that Munster’s fans are appreciating the work rate they’re seeing on the pitch.
Cronin injury only downside to 'humbling' night for Erasmus
The prop had to be replaced during a frenetic first-half.
Munster v Maori All Blacks
We went minute-by-minute as Rassie pitted his province against an impressive touring Kiwi side.
Ulster v Munster, Guinness Pro12
We went minute-by-minute for the first of this weekend’s inter-pros.
'We all have to try and pick up the slack together and try and fill the void that Axel has left'
Hooker Niall Scannell views tonight’s inter-pro clash with Ulster as a welcome distraction after a tough two weeks.
Taute vows to 'serve the jersey with the pride and passion it deserves' during short Munster stay
The Springbok was signed on a short-term deal to cover Francis Saili’s absence and has already made his presence felt.
# Mourning
'We are missing Axel at training, at meetings, in the office': Munster still beset with grief
Director of rugby Erasmus is trying to prepare a side to face Ulster after the intensely emotional win over Glasgow Warriors.
'That's the way we can rebuild Munster to where it was' - Erasmus
CJ Stander said the grief over Anthony Foley’s death drove the province to success against Glasgow.
Munster boys become men to deliver performance Axel would be proud of
‘It was a privilege to experience what we’ve experienced here.’