Van Graan: I’m proud of how our players behaved against Castres

Having had 48 hours to think over the ramifications of Saturday’s feisty, often dirty, European Champions Cup game at Castres, Munster head coach Johann van Graan was yesterday still adopting a straight-bat approach as to whether or not some members of the French side should have been facing disciplinary action.

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Chris Farrell ruled out of Munster's trip to Ulster

Farrell, a native of Ulster, has been desperately unfortunate with injuries.

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'It's not football. You can't slide tackle': Brian O'Driscoll calls for end to 'blight on the game'

Brian O'Driscoll has appealed to World Rugby to address the "blight on the game" of slide tackles.

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Munster's defeat to Castres 'a disgraceful throwback to the nineties', says Alan Quinlan

"We're always talking about the great values of rugby, there were no great values there on Saturday I can tell you."

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Mike Haley getting used to life in fast lane

No matter how well things are going, there is always something to knock you off kilter.

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Munster can take giant leap towards last eight

Munster supporters will finally get their wish this evening when Conor Murray partners Joey Carbery at half-back for the first time in provincial colours.

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Murray set for 120th cap as Munster team named for Castres clash

Munster have made one change from the team that took to the field in the home fixture last weekend with Joey Carbery set to start at out-half.

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Heineken Champions Cup: Pondering the Pool Two permutations

CJ Stander is not the only one pondering the potential Heineken Champions Cup implications for Munster from the other game in Pool 2 this weekend.

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CJ Stander predicts hot reception in France

CJ Stander has lent some perspective to the disquiet over Munster’s failure to grab a bonus point against Castres last weekend.

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Conor Murray: 'We took the time that was necessary to get the neck fully right'

Conor Murray may be frustrated he missed Ireland’s historic victory over the All Blacks last month but he has no regrets he took the time to properly rehab his neck injury.

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Players must beware the perils of the pre-match warm-up

As if the game itself wasn’t physical enough, players now have to come to terms with the increasing demands of the pre-match warm-up, writes Donal Lenihan.

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Farrell ruled out for Munster clash with Castres but hope for Carbery return

Munster will be without Chris Farrell for their Heineken Champions Cup trip to Castres this weekend after the Ireland centre was ruled out with a thigh injury on Tuesday.

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Mike Haley targets away win after strong showing against Castres

While Simon Zebo was impressing once again for Racing 92, his replacement Mike Haley continued his progression with a strong showing for Munster in their victory over Castres on Sunday.

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Van Graan: Munster players 'adapted to disruptions' to win heavyweight clash

Munster head coach Johann Van Graan hailed his side's second-half display as they secured a 30-5 win over Castres Olympique in their Heineken Champions Cup clash at Thomond Park.

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60-second report: Munster's quick start to second half the key moment

After a tense first half saw Munster take a narrow 6-0 lead into the break, the dynamic of this contest changed completely following the restart.

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JJ Hanrahan steps in to guide Munster past Castres

JJ Hanrahan stepped into the breach for Munster and guided the province to a convincing victory over Castres at Thomond Park as Johann van Graan’s side stretched their lead at the top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool 2 at the halfway stage.

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A Munster post match menu: Tart cherries and turmeric juice

Thomond Park will start to empty as the final whistle sounds tomorrow afternoon when referee JP Doyle calls time on Munster’s European showdown with Castres.

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Letters from France: Ongoing mayhem as Les Gilets Jaunes protesters refuse to play ball amid turmoil in France

It’s tipping past 9pm on Saturday night and there are still about 15 Agen supporters hanging outside the back of the stand at Stade Pierre Fabre in Castres. There’s only a metre or two between the door from the dressing rooms and where the Agen team bus is parked up, engine running and the doors of the undercarriage wide open to take the gear bags.

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This Castres is different. We take Europe seriously

Castres Olympique coach Joe El-Abd has warned his players to expect an ‘unbelievably tough game’ at Thomond Park, writes James Harrington.

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Twin incentives at play for ambitious Munster

The respect given by Johann van Graan towards Castres this week has been well deserved given their arrival in Limerick tomorrow as champions of France. Yet there is more than a hint of the heavyweight about Munster as they resume Heineken Champions Cup pool action at Thomond Park and not a little excitement about the way their evolving gameplan is starting to be executed.

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Munster make two changes to team facing Castres

Joey Carbery and Conor Murray have been paired together in a Munster starting team for the first time.

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Peter O’Mahony: Our European challenge hinges on Sunday

If anyone in Munster underestimates the importance of a successful December in fulfilling European ambitions then the dark days of 2014 and 2015 should provide the necessary jolt.

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To the rest of Europe, here’s a warning: keep an eye on Munster

I got off a flight in Christchurch Sunday weary and with the seat of the pants stuck to my backside. By Monday morning though, the first shrill whistle of Crusaders’ pre-season had that whiff of fresh ambition about it, writes Ronan O'Gara.

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One year on, van Graan and Munster have grown and evolved

On recent evidence, things are falling nicely into place for Johann van Graan as he prepares his Munster squad for Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup clash with Castres.

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My 2008 Heineken Cup medal does not count, says Keith Earls

As far as Keith Earls is concerned the Heineken Cup winner’s medal he has from 2008 is meaningless.

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Ringing endorsements for Munster as 12 ink new contracts

Johann van Graan had a dozen reasons to celebrate a productive start to a Heineken Champions Cup week yesterday as Munster announced the signing of 12 contract extensions.

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Weighing up the Chris Farrell factor

If Peter O’Mahony goes on to win another 50 caps for Ireland, bar winning the World Cup itself, he will find it difficult to experience a personal moment to match the standing ovation that greeted him when he was replaced by Jordi Murphy against New Zealand recently, writes Donal Lenihan.

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Beware of wounded Castres, warns former Munster man Ryan

Former Munster prop Dave Ryan reckons Johann van Graan’s men could face a backlash from French champions Castres on Sunday.

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Tadhg Beirne says return of Conor Murray and Chris Farrell a huge boost in Europe

Tadhg Beirne has described the return of Conor Murray and Chris Farrell as a massive boost for Munster’s European ambitions.

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Garryowen pay tribute to club great Conor Murray

Fresh from first Munster start after his long injury lay-off, Conor Murray paid tribute to the role Garryowen played in making him one of the world’s best players at a gala event in honour of Murray at the Limerick club.

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