How Munster Rugby is guiding business leaders

Business leaders from across Europe have taken part in Munster’s High Performance Leadership Programme during its first year, with talks ongoing to expand its global footprint.

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CJ Stander and his wife are expecting their first child

Ireland and Munster star CJ Stander and his wife, Jean-Marie, have announced that they are expecting their first child.

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Munster ready to usurp Kings

A powerful looking Munster side — including five players released back to the province by Joe Schmidt — are hot favourites to crush South Africa’s Southern Kings in tonight’s Guinness PRO14 tie at Musgrave Park.

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Seven Munster changes for Pro 14 game against Southern Kings

Chris Farrell and Andrew Conway have been recalled to the Munster team to play the Southern Kings in Cork tomorrow.

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Loughman putting hand up for spot in Munster engine room

Very few rugby teams these days prosper without two high calibre props to man each side of the scrum.

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Reds’ players in fond farewell to Keatley

“There was a yawning gap when we turned up for training after our few days off.”

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Blow for Munster as Sammy Arnold suffers hairline fracture

Munster centre Sammy Arnold is to miss "the next few weeks" after sustaining a hairline fracture of his fibula.

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Farrell back with Munster

Chris Farrell, who made a favourable impression when coming in as a late replacement in the Irish centre against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday last, has been released back to Munster by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

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Crescent worthy winners in Junior Cup tie against Glenstal

Crescent Comprehensive launched their bid for a second Clayton Hotels Munster Schools Junior Cup title in four years at Thomond Park today but were fully extended by a well drilled Glenstal Abbey side before emerging worthy 15-5 winners.

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Ian Keatley leaves Munster to join London Irish with immediate effect

"I know I’m from Dublin, but I’ve lived here for the last eight years, and with my fiancée Lisa and daughter Beth born here, I know we will be back again. I’m from Munster and I’m a Limerick man now, and it holds a special place in my heart."

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Simon Zebo: ‘I wouldn’t say racism is an issue in rugby’

Simon Zebo is happy that rugby does not have a racism problem, despite the abuse he suffered at the hands of a lone Ulster fan during a Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium earlier this month.

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Johann van Graan: I’ll take that effort any day of the week

Munster head coach Johann van Graan reserved special praise for his young players and the experience of scrum-half Alby Mathewson after his team survived a big scare in Newport.

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Kleyn's second half score gives Munster narrow win

Jean Kleyn's 63rd-minute try helped the Reds win 8-7 against Dragons at Rodney Parade.

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Much-changed Munster look to quench Dragons’ revival

Munster coach Johann van Graan has made 13 changes to his starting line-up for today’s Guinness PRO14 clash with the Dragons at Rodney Parade.

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Tyler Bleyendaal: ‘I’ve done a lot of travelling for very little action’

Tyler Bleyendaal is confident the dark days of injury are behind him.

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A case for bringing Munster Rugby to Páirc Uí Chaoimh

For the second season in a row, the prospect of a first-ever Heineken Champions Cup final between Munster and Leinster remains a live prospect with the provinces on opposite sides of the quarter- and semi-final draws, writes Donal Lenihan

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Munster count the cost of Exeter win as Tommy O’Donnell suffers another serious injury

Munster’s hard-earned victory over Exeter Chiefs in Saturday’s Heineken European Cup has come at a serious injury cost.

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Mike Haley's mam was all Munster fans watching the Exeter game

Munster's Champions Cup clash with Exeter was a tight and tough game that went down to the wire.

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Munster grind down Exeter in battle for Champions Cup quarter-final spot

Munster booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals for an 18th time as they ground out a dogged victory over English league leaders Exeter at a sold-out Thomond Park on Saturday night.

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Munster's Red Army beginning to feel the buzz again

Simon Lewis (half cut) Munster’s upturn in form has not gone unnoticed. Three very different victories since Christmas, over Leinster, Connacht, and Gloucester have got supporters in the province buzzing again, opposition coaches revising their opinions and Ireland team-management reacting positively.

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Peter O’Mahony passed fit to captain Munster in Champions Cup clash

Head Coach Johann van Graan has made just one change to his Munster side that defeated Gloucester last weekend for Saturday’s crucial Champions Cup clash against Exeter Chiefs at Thomond Park (5.30pm).

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Exeter Chiefs' Ian Whitten gunning for Munster

You can hear the excitement in Ian Whitten’s voice as he described the feeling of being in an Exeter Chiefs back-line when everything comes together. The bad news for Munster is that the Ulsterman experienced that buzz only last weekend as the Chiefs put Castres to the sword to set up tomorrow’s pivotal Heineken Champions Cup pool finale at Thomond Park.

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Munster's Kleyn braced for ‘80 minutes of hell’ against Exeter

Ask Jean Kleyn for his idea of hell and playing Exeter Chiefs would be right up there with the fire and brimstone.

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Munster confirm Ian Keatley exit for end of season

Munster have confirmed Ian Keatley is leaving the province at the end of the season.

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Backs to the future for Munster attack

One of the more remarkable points to consider about Munster’s upturn in attacking form over the last three weeks is the lack of gametime the province’s inside backs have had together.

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Johann van Graan: Munster emotion ‘comes from deep within’

If Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter was under any illusions about the size of the task facing his side at Thomond Park this Saturday, the point was emphatically underlined for him by opposite number Johann van Graan when he emphasised just how important a part emotion plays in Munster’s big-game mindset.

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O'Mahony to be given 'every opportunity' to prove fitness for Champions Cup showdown

Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony will be given “every opportunity” to pass fit for this Saturday’s crunch Heineken Champions Cup pool showdown with Exeter Chiefs, head coach Johann van Graan said on Monday.

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Van Graan remains wary of a bite in the dark

Johann van Graan always felt Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup pool would go down to the wire and the weekend’s results have ensured this Saturday’s finale against Exeter Chiefs will be winner-takes-all at Thomond Park.

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Five reasons why Munster won as classy Carbery lives up to star billing

Munster stayed in pole position to qualify top of a brutally tight Pool 2 in the Heineken Champions Cup with a superb 41-15 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm.

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Munster in rapture after taking firm grip on pool

Munster reclaimed their grip on Pool 2 and took a giant step towards an 18th European quarter-final as they claimed a bonus-point Heineken Champions Cup win over Gloucester with a stunning performance at Kingsholm.

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The Toulouse turnaround, and why Munster aren’t there yet

The family visited a beautiful little old French settlement village of Akaroa, about 50 miles from Christchurch last weekend. Down by the sea, temperatures were warm and the water on the first weekend of January was like your mother’s bath, writes Ronan O’Gara

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Munster star Murray slams claims he failed drugs test

Munster and Ireland rugby superstar Conor Murray has slammed the “crazy” and inaccurate rumours he failed a drugs test and missed the start of the season because he was quietly serving a ban.

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Alby Mathewson keen to finish what he started at Munster

Alby Mathewson was brought to Munster to lend a hand and the former All Black would dearly love to see the job through to what he hopes will be a not-so-bitter end.

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Cipriani and Thorley’s timely boost for Gloucester

After back-to-back losses in the Premiership, head coach Johan Ackermann’s hopes of stopping the losing streak have been boosted by the returns to fitness of fly-half Danny Cipriani and exciting young wing Ollie Thorley.

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Online bullies called out - Conor Murray’s story is a stark warning

Conor Murray is one of a very small number of professional Irish sportsmen who can be compared with the best of his peers.

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Farrell ready to start in Kingsholm as Munster bid to take decisive step to quarter-finals

With two big inter-provincial victories in the bag and a miraculous return to fitness for a key midfield influencer, Munster could not pitch up at Kingsholm tonight in better form for their pivotal Heineken Champions Cup clash with Gloucester.

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Ackermann wants Munster challenge to spark ailing Gloucester

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann has told his players they have “a serious problem” if they cannot motivate themselves for their crucial clash with Munster.

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Munster's Mike Haley wary of ‘fantastic’ mentor Danny Cipriani

Mike Haley has a debt of gratitude to Danny Cipriani for the mentoring he provided the full-back as a young professional in the Sale Sharks academy. Now on opposing teams, the Munster full-back knows just how dangerous he will be for Gloucester at Kingsholm tomorrow night, should the fly-half pass a fitness test today.

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Refreshed Peter O’Mahony ready for European road

For all the buzz generated by an exciting bonus-point derby victory over Connacht last week, Peter O’Mahony’s return to the fray also coincided with a return to Munster basics.

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Franco Mostert gives Gloucester an edge, reckons Peter O’Mahony

Peter O’Mahony is acutely aware of the threat Gloucester pose to Munster’s European quarter-final qualification hopes and the Ireland back-row star is rolling up his sleeves for a tough battle up front at Kingsholm, not least with their Springbok forward Franco Mostert.

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Losing Chris Farrell could have grave consequences for Munster's season

Over the years, when their backs were firmly pressed against the wall, Munster always found a way to prevail in Europe, writes Donal Lenihan.

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Report: Ian Keatley to leave Munster at end of season

Ian Keatley could leave Munster at the end of the season.

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Johann van Graan urges Munster to embrace knife-edge moment

Munster put the “Sold Out” signs up at Thomond Park yesterday as supporters snapped up the last of the tickets for the Heineken Champions Cup pool finale with Exeter Chiefs but it is the penultimate game this Friday night that is occupying Johann van Graan.

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Munster's Farrell a 'big concern' for Gloucester clash after knee injury

Chris Farrell is danger of missing Munster’s Champion Cup trip to Gloucester on Friday night after suffering a knee injury in last Saturday’s league win at Connacht.

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Injuries pile up for Reds as Gloucester shift into view

Not the perfect performance but the ideal springboard into Europe.

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Guinness PRO14: Munster banish poor away form with bonus-point victory over Connacht

Munster took pole position of Conference A in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday night as they scored a bonus-point victory against interprovincial rivals Connacht and banished their poor away form.

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Munster look to banish travel sickness with win over Connacht

Beating Leinster may have been one hell of a way to end 2018 but Munster have to start the new year with equally pressing obstacles to clear, beginning tonight against Connacht.

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Connacht without Aki and Butler for top of the table clash with Munster

There are some key absentees from head coach Andy Friend’s selection for this final interprovincial fixture of the festive season with captain Jarrad Butler and Ireland centre Bundee Aki both failing to shake off knocks

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Opportunity knocks again at Munster for confident Dan Goggin

Earning a place in the team on the biggest days of all is the ambition of every member of the Munster squad. But when you ply your trade in the centre, that becomes a very difficult ambition to achieve. So when Dan Goggin got the nod from Johann van Graan for the away game against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in October, following up with starts against Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester in the European Cup, the Young Munster man’s confidence rocketed sky high.

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Stubborn streak that earned Holland 200 caps

Billy Holland will make his 200th appearance for Munster when he lines out against Connacht in Saturday’s crucial Guinness PRO14 game at the Galway Sportsground.

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Van Graan proud of Reds discipline

Aching limbs and sore muscles mingled with broad smiles at Munster’s high-performance centre in UL yesterday, as all involved with Saturday’s win over Leinster reflected on an occasion that will live long in the memory.

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Dave Kilcoyne says win will build self-belief in the squad

There was a spell there when the old enmities inherent to the Munster-Leinster rivalry appeared to be buried beneath the bonhomie borne of Irish duties and Leinster’s dominance, so Saturday night was a return to the most bitter and biting of the good old days.

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Munster must refuel and take stock again, warns Johann van Graan

Munster needed this. Even Johann van Graan admitted as much.

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Contentious moments as Munster v Leinster proves a difficult night for referee Frank Murphy

Frank Murphy’s appointment as referee for Leinster’s visit to Munster was a topic for conversation long before the first whistle.

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Bragging rights secured but not much more for Munster to shout about

Let’s put this game into context, writes Donal Lenihan.

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Van Graan pleased as Munster keep their cool

Johann van Graan has lauded his Munster side's ability to keep their heads during a tempestuous Guinness PRO14 affair against Leinster at Thomond Park on Saturday which was won 26-17 by the home side.

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Munster better 14-man Leinster in fiery Thomond clash

Happy Christmas your arse, as Shane McGowan once said.

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Munster must scale mountain to end the Leinster blues

A meeting of Munster and Leinster in front of a sold-out Thomond Park crowd of more than 26, 000 is enough to stir the blood of rugby enthusiasts in this country and much further afield as well.

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