# Thomond Park

Last month
February 2023
# easy
Superb hat-trick for Coombes as rampant Munster score 9 tries against Ospreys
The brilliant centre partnership of Antoine Frisch and Malakai Fekitoa laid the foundation for the win.
This year
# Behind The Scenes
How Munster's 'chaos games' are pushing their need for speed
Denis Leamy says it’s ‘chalk and cheese’ in terms of Munster’s improvement since the start of the season.
Last year
# Kick On
Casey: 'I have to be pushing for the number nine jersey this year'
The 23-year-old believes Munster’s new style of play suits him down to the ground.
# 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.
# Home Advantage
Munster serve up a tantalising taste of the old Thomond Park magic ahead of Aviva roadtrip
Saturday’s win over Exeter was a special day in Limerick but the province will head to Dublin for their Champions Cup quarter-final with Toulouse.
# Trading Places
Munster and Leinster agree URC fixture switch due to Ed Sheeran concerts
Munster will now host Leinster at Thomond Park on 2 April, with the reverse fixture taking place at the Aviva Stadium in May.
# starting XV
Kleyn, Healy and Barron come into Munster team to face Wasps
Thomond Park hosts the Champions Cup match on Sunday.
All time
Munster's clash with Leinster at Thomond Park has been postponed
The inter-pro was set to take place on St Stephen’s Day.
# Suspension
Stormers lock hit with eight-match ban after incident in game against Munster
The incident occurred during Munster’s 34-18 win over the Stormers last Saturday night.
# Drivers
'This is their team' - Casey and Coombes lead the way for Munster progress
Johann van Graan’s side host the Stormers at Thomond Park tonight.
# Team news
Munster name Keith Earls at outside centre for first time since 2018
Johann van Graan has made four changes to his team to face the Stormers.
# Backs To The Wall
Munster and Toulouse both looking to move past weight of European history
The high-flying French side have genuine ambitions of winning a fifth Champions Cup title.
# Magic Moment
'Big games get won by special moments' - Van Graan hails Haley's solo score
The Munster fullback produced a brilliant solo score to help his side secure a Pro14 final spot.
# Decider
Van Graan's Munster seal Pro14 final spot after edging past Connacht
The southern province will have a chance to end their 10-year trophy drought later this month.
# Derby
Munster's huge clash with Leinster at Thomond Park confirmed for 23 January
The inter-pro clash has been rescheduled for two weekends’ time.
# Job Done
Coombes try on European debut helps Munster to win over Harlequins
The southern province scored two tries in wet conditions at Thomond Park.
# Setback
'He will be a real loss' - Munster's Matt Gallagher set for shoulder surgery
The province have welcomed back their Ireland internationals for Sunday’s clash with Harlequins.
# Rout
Waterford man Thomas Ahern among the tries as Munster hammer Zebre
Johann van Graan’s men were far too good for the Italians at Thomond Park.
Strong Munster A team produce resounding six-try win over Connacht
Johann van Graan’s men got set for the new Pro14 season with victory in Limerick.
# the miracle match
When Munster pulled off a miracle against Gloucester at Thomond Park
Alan Gaffney’s men were on the brink of a pool-stage exit in the Heineken Cup.
# pro14
Coombes double helps Munster ease past 14-man Scarlets
The visitors saw Sam Lousi red-carded in the first half at Thomond Park.
# in the lion's den
'Sometimes you don't know what's going on until it's over' - Tracy ready for Thomond battle
Leinster travel to take on rivals Munster on Saturday.
# Away Days
Munster must now muster something special on the road in Europe
Johann van Graan’s men are away to Saracens and Racing 92 in the next two rounds.
# tight pool
'We'll take a win against Saracens any day of the week' - Munster's Van Graan
The Munster boss had no arguments with Arno Botha’s late red card.
# ugly affair
O'Mahony's try the difference as Munster edge out Saracens at Thomond Park
There was late, late drama as Arno Botha was sent off for leading with the elbow.
# rested
Saracens start Itoje but leave raft of England front-liners at home for Munster trip
Owen Farrell, Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George, George Kruis, and Elliot Daly are all absent.
# Shifting Roles
Tadhg Beirne in the back row as Munster name team for Saracens clash
Captain Peter O’Mahony moves to openside to make room for Beirne’s positional switch.
'You have a fear of losing in Thomond Park' - Munster primed for Sarries visit
Peter O’Mahony says the English club are ‘the standard setters’ of the Heineken Champions Cup.
# Injury Update
Carbery to return later this month but Bleyendaal resting with neck issue
The New Zealander is dealing with ‘stiffness’ in his neck, where he has had previous injury issues.
# perspective
'It makes you realise how special it is what Munster has. It's very hard to replicate'
Tommy O’Donnell explains how his family have helped him to develop resilience.
# honours even
'We're a club that doesn’t know how to give up' - Van Graan takes the two points
Munster now face into back-to-back ties with Saracens in Europe.
'He'll be disappointed himself after but he shouldn't be' - Munster's O'Mahony
JJ Hanrahan nearly stole a win for his team against Racing 92 at Thomond Park.
# shared spoils
Late JJ drop-goal slips wide as Russell inspires Racing to draw in Limerick
Johann van Graan’s men nearly grabbed a late, late win at Thomond Park.
Munster v Racing 92, European Rugby Champions Cup
Donnacha Ryan and Simon Zebo were back in Limerick for a clash with their former club, we went minute-by-minute.
# Skin
Ryan prepares for first match in Ireland since move to Racing
The second row has understandably proven a popular figure in Paris.
# Injury Update
Hanrahan returns to Munster training ahead of huge clash with Racing
Meanwhile, Stephen Larkham paid tribute to Alby Mathewson ahead of his departure.
# Homecoming
Zebo set for 'special occasion' on return to Thomond Park to face Munster
The Racing 92 man is hopeful new Ireland boss Andy Farrell will call him up to the national squad.
# Up and Running
Munster get Pro14 campaign off to winning start with bonus point victory against Dragons
Johann van Graan’s side carved out a deserved win despite having a dozen players in Japan.
# Finances
Thomond Park naming rights still on the cards as Munster chip away at debt
IRFU CEO Philip Browne says union and province ‘have an agreement in place and everyone’s happy about that.’
# new recruit
Former England prop Graham Rowntree joins Munster as forwards coach until 2022
The 48-year-old will link up with Johann van Graan’s backroom staff after this summer’s World Cup in Japan.