Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C


This week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Appointment
Munster appoint Costello as first-ever Head of Rugby Operations
The new role will involve player development, succession planning, and recruitment.
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.
This month
January 2023
Fourteen-man Munster cling on to see off Northampton at Thomond Park
Gavin Coombes scored two tries and fellow scorer Jack O’Donoghue was sent off on 22 minutes in what transpired to be a nail-biter in Limerick.
'My mum wasn't too happy with me! She said to cop on'
Jack O’Donoghue has been pleased with Munster’s improved form in recent months.
Last year
Frisch starts and three academy players included in Munster 23 to face South Africa
Short-term signing Kiran McDonald will also make his first start for the province as Munster make seven changes to the side that faced Ulster.
Prendergast fears Munster-style backlash from Ulster after South Africa difficulties
The southern province’s attack coach also said that Andrew Conway is close to returning to action.
'I'm proud of the lads' - Rowntree pleased with Munster's fight despite defeat in Dublin
The province battled hard but ultimately came up short against Leinster.
# Competition
'If Munster lose in Galway, there'd be concerns around them getting into Europe'
As discussed on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra, Munster are still looking to find form.
# rugby weekly extra
'You have to worry about the quality of some of the players Munster have'
Bernard Jackman voiced his concerns on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast.
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.
'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.
Nash and Munster ready to bounce back after 'easily one of the toughest games I’ve played'
The southern province are in South Africa for URC action.
All time
# Captain
'It has been a mental experience, but I couldn't be prouder of the lads'
Peter O’Mahony is a proud man after his side’s win over Wasps.
CEO Ian Flanagan confirms Munster intend to fulfil European fixture against Wasps
With 34 players and staff quarantining in Ireland and another 14 still in South Africa, Munster are set to take to the field with a mixture of Ireland Internationals and academy players.
'It was really refreshing... Munster played exceptionally well'
Johann van Graan’s side are top of the agenda on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
Munster's unbeaten start continues as they thrash Scarlets across the water
Johan van Graan’s side secured an impressive bonus-point win.
'You see that stag looking up at you, those three crowns, and you're like, 'Right... This is what I'm protecting''
Munster and Ireland captain Ciara Griffin on getting rid of ‘excuses’ about professionalism and parking friendships ahead of interpro kick-off.
# Team news
Retiring CJ Stander ruled out as Munster make seven changes for Zebre dead rubber
Departing duo Billy Holland and Nick McCarthy are named on the bench.
Murray double helps Munster finally end their Leinster hoodoo
The experience in Johann van Graan’s team told against a youthful Leinster.
Munster v Toulouse, Champions Cup last 16
We went minute-by-minute as Munster took on another European giant.
# front up
'We're definitely going to come out swinging... That's what Munster do'
Niall Scannell is relishing going up against a heavyweight Toulouse pack on Saturday.
# Final Countdown
Munster striving to have 'immaculate' basics against Leinster side with 'no weakness'
Johann van Graan is banking on Munster’ s fundamentals giving them an edge in Saturday’s Pro14 final.
# now or never
Munster must secure a trophy to 'to turn the page on our era' -- Quinlan
It’s coming up on 10 years since Munster claimed silverware, beating Leinster would be a fine way of ending comparisons with the golden age.
# family first
Stander gives currency to 'values' as he rides off into the sunset
The Munster and Ireland star is putting his family first by stepping away from rugby.
'It looks like I had a lot of time to think, but it happens in a split-second' - Haley happy to play on instinct
The Munster fullback produced a moment of individual magic in last weekend’s win against Connacht.
# jc
Caution and excitement valid as Carbery prepares to end injury nightmare
The brilliant playmaker could be last piece of the jigsaw needed by Munster.
# Carb Loading
'He really looked good': Carbery making strides towards Munster return
The Ireland playmaker has endured a torrid run of injuries, but is finally off Munster’s injured list.
'There was an energy about her... then she'd sing and lift the roof off Thomond Park'
Soprano Cara O’Sullivan is fondly remembered in rugby circles.
# Progress
Munster issue positive update on Joey Carbery
However, front rows James Cronin and Rhys Marshall both sustained knee injuries against Leinster and will miss this weekend’s clash with Benetton.
European debut for Coombes as Munster welcome back big guns for 'Quins clash
Peter O’Mahony continues at 7 while Conor Murray is back to partner JJ Hanrahan.
# Nine
'He's such a hard-working lad on and off the pitch' - Casey in fine form for Munster
The 21-year-old has started four consecutive games for the southern province.
# Lessons
No sign of Larkham's impact for Munster in 'contestable box kicks-fest'
Leinster feel they need to learn from last Friday’s game and Munster will surely look to do the same.
# Outbreak
Ulster Rugby confirm 'a number of Covid-19 cases' in set-up as all training stood down
‘Multiple’ academy players have tested positive for the virus, and one senior player is self-isolating.
# underpowered
Munster left to re-think their way around luckless spate of injuries
Having lost the creativity of Joey Carbery, the tight five was decimated at the weekend.
Covid case in Munster 'a proper reality check,' says Peter O'Mahony
‘I’ve no doubt it’s not going to be the last case in Irish rugby in general over the foreseeable future.’
# rugby restart
Hands washed and fingers crossed for rugby schedule
After a confirmed Covid-19 case in their academy last week, Munster will hope for a clean bill of health after this week’s tests.
# Sidelined
Munster back 'resilient' Carbery as he endures rotten run of luck
The Athy man has effectively been on the road to recovery for 53 weeks since picking up an injury ahead of the World Cup.
# all action
'He's different to your normal lock': JVG excited to see Snyman grow at Munster
12 years have passed since the Munster coach was first alerted to the outrageous talents of the Springbok second row.
# Rugby
Van Graan feels for James Cronin after 'difficult time' around anti-doping violation
The prop was handed a month-long suspension during sport’s hiatus during the pandemic.
# video conference
Van Graan eager to put 'massive amount of planning' to work
The Munster head coach is counting down to 27 July and the inter-pros that follow in August.