# Castres

Last year
# Friendly
Fresh faces aplenty as Connacht name XV for pre-season clash with Castres
Ireland international Adam Byrne makes his first appearance after moving from Leinster.
# Injury Update
De Allende remains sidelined as Munster send Scannell for scan
Jason Jenkins, Chris Cloete, and Calvin Nash are all back in team training.
# jack the lad
Munster impressed by Crowley's 'class' performance in Castres
The 22-year-old out-half enjoyed his first European start on Friday night.
# Composure
'In other years, we could have struggled to get back into the game then'
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony was happy with his side’s resolve in the closing minutes in Castres.
# Late Show
'I'm incredibly proud of the group, you don't just come here and win'
Munster boss Johann van Graan hailed his side for an 80-minute performance in Castres.
# last gasp
Late, late Coombes score gets Munster out of trouble in Castres
The Munster number eight dotted down with 78 minutes on the clock.
# Business As Usual
Castres announce six Covid cases in squad, Munster game to go ahead as planned
The cases do not affect the team announced by Castres earlier this week.
# Stand up and fight
Bad-tempered defeat will be in Munster's memory for this visit to Castres
The French club have been in good form in the Top 14 but have heavily rotated their team.
# offloads
'They back us to use our skills, I think that's very apparent'
Gavin Coombes is an effective offloader of the ball, as we saw against Ulster last weekend.
# Boost
Murray and Earls set to return for Munster's visit to Castres
The Ireland international pair are available again with the Six Nations around the corner.
# Update
'He looked really sharp' - O'Mahony could feature for Munster in Castres
It remains uncertain whether Damian de Allende will be fit for the trip to France.
All time
# Champions Cup
Healy shines as Munster deservedly defeat Castres in the Champions Cup
Munster defeated Castres 19-13 this evening in the Heineken Champions Cup.
# home comforts
Munster look to make most of big crowd in Limerick for Castres clash
Johann van Graan’s side are still bouncing from their rousing win over Wasps.
# Landmark
Challenge of terrific Toulouse a world away from when Ulster broke their duck in France
Ulster reached two European finals before recording their first win in France. The 2013 win is long forgotten but stands as a useful stepping stone for today’s crop.
# Champions Cup
Two Castres players face disciplinary hearings after Sunday's win over Munster
Rory Kockott and Marc-Antoine Rallier have both been cited.
# keeping their cool
Van Graan proud of Munster's discipline in Castres
The South African will have to shuffle his line-up for the upcoming Christmas inter-pros.
# the hard way
'We had a chance to really grab it by the neck, we weren't good enough to do it'
Missed opportunities in Castres mean Munster have ‘made it difficult for themselves,’ but they still lead the way in pool 2.
# Champions Cup
'We stayed within the values of rugby': Van Graan irked by missed chances and calls in Castres
The South African saw his side create enough opportunities to win in the south of France, but they were unable to force their way into a second half lead.
# Wide of the Mark
Munster left to rue missed chances as Castres shade feisty affair
The southern province still lead their pool, but could have placed a foot in the quarters tonight.
Castres v Munster, Heineken Champions Cup
Can Munster achieve victory in France or will Castres reap revenge for last week’s defeat at Thomond Park? Join us for live coverage.
Munster back on script in pivotal pool clash with spiced-up Castres
Munster know a backlash awaits in Castres, but they can put a foot in the quarter-finals with a win in France this evening.
# Centre of attention
Van Graan confident Sam Arnold can continue solving 'puzzles' for Munster's midfield
Chris Farrell’s absence will give the 22-year-old another big stage to perform on this weekend.
# Injury Update
Thigh injury to keep Chris Farrell out of Munster's trip to Castres
Joey Carbery could yet shake off his hamstring complaint for the return trip to France.
# Class Act
Analysis: Murray's arc-running influence vital in guiding Munster over the line
The 29-year-old scrum-half provided two assists in the southern province’s win over Castres.
# Pool 2
Nothing to celebrate but the win as Munster look forward to the Castres cauldron
The French champions did their damnedest to kill the game and left Munster to sort out the mess.
# adaptable
'Our squad depth got tested today': Munster adapt after injury withdrawals
Joey Carbery and Chris Farrell were due to start, but hamstring and thigh issues took them out of contention against Castres.
Influential Murray ensures Munster adapt to beat destructive Castres
Tries from Rory Scannell, CJ Stander and JJ Hanrahan helped Munster ride out enforced changes and re-take top spot in their pool.
Munster v Castres Olympique, Heineken Champions Cup
Here’s how the drama unfolded at Thomond Park as Munster welcomed Castres.
# aller-retour
Munster braced for Castres clash and wary of 'fool's gold'
Van Graan is cautious, but his team look in rude health with Carbery, Murray and the frightening prospect of Chris Farrell promising to improve.
# Pool 2
Carbery and Stander back as fully-loaded Munster welcome Castres
Johann van Graan is very close to having his first-choice XV for the back-to-back meetings with the French champions.
# together at last
Long-awaited Carbery-Murray axis makes for a special occasion as Munster take on Castres
Johann van Graan is just over a year in charge of Munster, and all the pieces are beginning to come together for him.
# Obsession
'It's all I think about every day': Keith Earls desperate to claim a European medal to call his own
The Munster wing doesn’t count his 2008 Heineken Cup medal as a true winners’ medal as he was an unused replacement in Cardiff.
# Champions Cup
Munster hoping to have Conway and Haley in harness for Castres clash
Johann van Graan could be without Stephen Archer as the Champions Cp back-to-backs get into gear.
# quality prep
Returning Munster cavalry lifting standards all the way through build-up, says Tadhg Beirne
‘Everyone knows Conor is probably the best nine in the world,’ says the powerful lock ahead of Munster’s European clash with Castres.
# heineken cup
Injury blow for Castres ahead of Munster clash as Rodrigo Capo Ortega doubtful
The French side travel to Thomond Park this weekend.
# Champions Cup
Castres powerhouse Vaipulu free to face Munster as he gets 6-week ban
The number eight’s ban was reduced by four weeks due to his guilty plea and expression of remorse.
# Tough test
Castres show 'a big pair of balls' by holding off Racing to reach Top14 final
Castres will face their fellow southerners Montpellier for the Bouclier de Brennus.
# Analysis
Keith Earls' brilliance sums up the excitement around Munster's attack
Joe Schmidt should reap the benefits of the Limerick man’s superb form in the coming weeks.
# As You Were
Munster select unchanged side for the first time this season
Johann van Graan’s men take on Castres this weekend in their final Pool 4 game in the Champions Cup.
# multi-skilled
Is there anything Conor Murray can't do?
On top of being a world class scrum-half, the Munster man has added line-out jumping and long-range goal-kicking to his impressive repertoire.