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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 13°C

# Toulouse

January 2023
# 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.
# top table
Munster come up just short after going toe-to-toe with Toulouse
Graham Rowntree’s side scored a stunning second-half try through Tadhg Beirne.
Dublin-born Brennan part of Toulouse squad aiming to maul Munster
Graham Rowntree’s side have momentum but face a difficult task at Stade Ernest Wallon.
# 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.
# 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.
Last year
# easy street
Toulouse stroll to comfortable bonus-point win over Sale
Antoine Dupont scored twice as his side ran in seven tries in a 45-19 victory.
# 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.
# 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.
# Dupont delivers
Toulouse beat European champions La Rochelle to reach French final four
Fifteen days after beating Leinster in this season’s European final, La Rochelle were unable to cope with Antoine Dupont.
France star extends Toulouse deal until 2028
Ntamack helped France win the Six Nations Grand Slam this season.
# Winning
Ireland 7s teams off to flyer in Toulouse as men beat South Africa for first time
The women’s team had an impressive win against England.
# The Jukebox
'Tadhg seems to be OK' - Leinster give update on Furlong's ankle injury
The Wexford man was forced off in the first half of Leinster’s win over Toulouse.
# Next Level
Sublime Leinster dethrone Toulouse to march into Champions Cup final
The only major blot on a brilliant day for Leo Cullen’s men was the injury to Tadhg Furlong.
# Showdown
Four of the most dynamic hookers in the world set for battle in Dublin tomorrow
Rónan Kelleher is full of praise for Toulouse pair Julien Marchand and Peato Mauvaka.
# ash splash
'He apologised. He said he was caught in the moment and didn’t mean it'
James Lowe came up against Chris Ashton last weekend at Welford Road.
# Peno Shootout
'It's absolutely cruel but I don't know what else they could do'
Munster came out on the wrong side of rugby’s latest penalty shoot-out.
Healy and O'Brien doubts for Champions Cup semi-final after head injuries
Both Leinster players were forced off for Head Injury Assessments last weekend.
# big date
Saturday showdown confirmed for Leinster's semi-final with Toulouse
The European heavyweights will meet at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
# just short
'We played some unbelievable rugby and we left it all out there'
Munster hooker Niall Scannell took some pride in his side’s performance in defeat to Toulouse.
# Red Army
'If ever there's a day to sum up Munster rugby, it's today' - Van Graan
The Munster head coach showed lots of emotion after an enthralling, agonising game in Dublin.
# Drama
Agony for Munster as Toulouse advance after penalty shoot-out in European epic
It was a cruel ending for Munster following a stunning clash at the Aviva Stadium.
Roared on by the Red Army, Munster bid to dethrone the mighty Toulouse
More than 37,500 tickets have been sold for this Champions Cup quarter-final in Dublin.
# Team news
Kendellen and Wycherley start for Munster with Daly set for first European cap
Johann van Graan has gone for a settled-looking team with Munster missing several forwards through injury.
# Final Chapter
'I would love to leave Munster with hopefully two trophies' - De Allende
The in-form Springbok centre is leaving at the end of the season.
'We have our 16th man, we have the Red Army travelling to Dublin'
Johann van Graan is encouraged by the ticket sales for Saturday’s clash with Toulouse in Dublin.
# officials
Referee appointments confirmed for Munster and Leinster Champions Cup quarter-finals
The last-eight ties of the European Rugby championship will take place in May.
# Economics
'We would have loved to play at Thomond Park but we're going to embrace the Aviva'
Munster head coach Johann van Graan says the province is aligned over the decision.
# Mixing It Up
'We'll have to look at squad rotation over the coming weeks' - Munster's Van Graan
The southern province are still fighting on two fronts.
# Le Crunch
Ulster have the chance to invoke the spirit of 1999 and take yet another famous scalp
Ulster hold a six-point advantage over Toulouse ahead of tonight’s second-leg in Belfast.
# quel match
Baloucoune bags hat-trick as Ulster notch crucial win after Toulouse epic
Dan McFarland’s men beat the defending champions to bring a six-point advantage home to Belfast.
# Opportunity
Ulster face a tough task but they are capable of delivering a big performance in Toulouse
Dan McFarland’s face the defending champions in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
All time
# inches
O'Gara's La Rochelle suffer narrow defeat to rivals and defending Top 14 champions Toulouse
The sides contested two finals in a month last season.
# pace to burn
'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'
Denis Hickie was a key man for Leinster and Ireland before bowing out of the game at the age of 31.
O'Gara: 'We've come a long way but there's no point in being second best'
The La Rochelle head coach said his team weren’t good enough to beat Toulouse.
# victors
Toulouse notch fifth European title as O'Gara's 14-man La Rochelle come up short
Levani Botia’s first-half red card for a high tackle left La Rochelle with an uphill battle.
# Toulouse
How Toulouse rediscovered their groove to climb from the bottom back to the top
Toulouse are France’s most successful club but in 2017 they had an ageing squad and no direction, their turnaround a story of clever planning and brilliant recruitment.
# Decider
Shades of Munster's journey about La Rochelle's quest for first European title
Ronan O’Gara and co. will have to see off Toulouse to claim their first European title at Twickenham.
# Team news
Botia fit for La Rochelle as Dupont captains Toulouse in Champions Cup final
Ronan O’Gara’s side have brought Kevin Gourdon and Dany Priso back into the starting XV.
# French renaissance
Can Ireland's provinces still compete at the top end of the Champions Cup?
After a six-year gap, French clubs have finally figured out what it takes to win in Europe – but one good signing would enable Leinster to come back at them next year.