Munster Rugby

“Axel is very much to the forefront of every Munster player’s thinking, every supporter too,” said Ronan O'Gara.

Back to the future for CJ Stander and Johann van Graan

"He was an impressive man back then. He had a presence when he walked into a room."

Peter O’Mahony: Munster leaders must stand up and be counted during critical spell

As Munster’s well-established captain and one of the most respected players in the game, Peter O’Mahony appreciates more than anyone the critical position in which Munster now find themselves.

Erasmus warns a repeat of Castres will mean no points for Munster

Rassie Erasmus last night laid the significance of Saturday’s European Champions Cup clash of Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park firmly on the line.

Simon Zebo: Munster ‘crème de la crème’ of club rugby

Simon Zebo has described Munster as the “crème de la crème” of club rugby as speculation continues over his future.

Billy Holland: We must heed French lesson

Billy Holland knows Munster will need to take heed of the French lessons learned in Castres two days ago as they look ahead to another, tougher, Gallic test on Saturday.

Munster confident Thomond Park will be ready for Racing visit

Munster Rugby is confident Thomond Park will be ready to stage Saturday’s Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 after the stadium came through Hurricane Ophelia unscathed yesterday.

Warren Gatland: 'I don’t know what planet Sean O’Brien is on'

It has been almost a month since Seán O’Brien questioned Warren Gatland and his coaches for their handling of the Lions’ drawn series with the All Blacks this summer, but the tour’s head coach has finally come out swinging with his case for the defence.

Munster announce charity partnership in memory of Anthony Foley

“It’s an initiative that I know Anthony would really appreciate.”

Castres expect return of star duo for Munster game

Brive 27 Castres 22: Veteran captain Rodrigo Capo Ortega and experienced scrum-half Rory Kockott are expected to return for Castres for Sunday’s Champions Cup open clash with Munster after missing this surprise loss at Stade Amedee Domenech on Saturday evening.

Rassie Erasmus does his best to paper over the cracks

Leinster 23 Munster 17: To listen to Rassie Erasmus on Saturday evening in the aftermath of a fourth Aviva Stadium defeat in 12 months, you might have thought it was Leinster rather than Munster with plenty to put right heading into next week’s Champions Cup pool stages.

The Big Interview: JJ Hanrahan - ‘I was never naive enough to think Munster were always going to take me back’

JJ Hanrahan is already revving in red on his return to Munster, writes Simon Lewis. What did he miss? “What you cannot replace. It’s what you’re representing. You can’t buy that anywhere else in the world.”

Niall Scannell dare not look beyond old foes Leinster

His boss may be treating Saturday’s clash with Leinster as a tune-up for the Champions Cup pool games which follow, but Niall Scannell is not giving either Castres or Racing 92 a second thought when there are interprovincial foes to battle.

Johann van Graan offered Munster job but what of Andy Farrell?

If Munster were happy to appoint someone who hasn’t previously enjoyed the role of head coach but proved himself in international management, the solution lay under their nose, writes Donal Lenihan.

Rassie Erasmus calls for cavalry as Reds seek redemption

If you are going to make changes in the aftermath of a crushing defeat you would be advised to have a few British & Irish Lions hanging around the place looking for some game time and that is just the luxury Rassie Erasmus has at his disposal this afternoon.

Appointing Johann van Graan would be ‘leap of faith’ by Munster

Brian O’Driscoll believes Munster’s possible appointment of South African Johann van Graan as its new director of rugby is a leap of faith in the judgement of outgoing boss Rassie Erasmus.

Munster welcome back Lions in much-changed side

There are also plenty of changes to the Ulster team.

Johann van Graan to become Munster's Director of Rugby – reports

Munster’s new Director of Rugby will not be Dave Wessels, but his South African compatriot Johann van Graan.

CJ Stander return timely boost for Munster

CJ Stander is relishing his return to action against a big and physical Cardiff Blues back row at Thomond Park tomorrow when Munster look to bounce back from their first defeat of the Guinness PRO14 season last weekend.

Andrew Conway says Munster must draw line in the sand after Glasgow flop

Like his Munster team-mates, Andrew Conway felt the pain that came with last weekend’s meek capitulation in Glasgow but he knows it will take more than words to engineer a fightback this Saturday against Cardiff Blues.

Ill-discipline costs Munster dearly against Glasgow's kicking king Finn Russell

Glasgow 37 Munster 10: Munster’s winning streak in the PRO14 this season came to an abrupt end as Glasgow produced a performance of high quality running rugby to score four tries to Munster’s two and a gain a deserved bonus point.

Rory Scannell set to make first Pro14 start

Rory Scannell is set for his first start of the Guinness Pro14 campaign tonight as Munster go to Glasgow Warriors looking for a fourth win from four this season.

Pat Geraghty was an adopted son of Munster

There are tributes and then there is the Donncha O’Callaghan variety, as hundreds of mourners learned yesterday at the funeral Mass for the late Munster Rugby media manager Pat Geraghty, 62, in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Rassie Erasmus: Race for No. 10 jersey is wide open at Munster

Munster boss Rassie Erasmus has every confidence Tyler Bleyendaal is about to hit his straps this season but has warned that the number 10 jersey is very much up for grabs.

Ronan O’Gara's tribute to Pat Geraghty: Going out with all guns blazing

An obituary to Pat Geraghty, Ex-Munster and Leinster Rugby media official. Geraghty had the trust of the entire Munster dressing room, writes Ronan O’Gara.

Munster team meet their 'number 1 fan' ahead of Pro14 match in Thomond Park

Munster took time to meet their number one fan following their training session ahead of tomorrow's Pro14 match against the Cheetahs at Thomond Park.

Former Munster man helped Chris Farrell make decision to join province

Farrell enjoyed a winning Munster debut in the opening-night 34-3 bonus-point victory over Benetton last Friday.

Familiar faces to return to Thomond Park for Munster's home European opener

Donnacha Ryan will join Ronan O’Gara as part of Racing 92’s contingent bidding to conquer fortress Thomond Park.

‘Catch me if you can’: Watch this tribute to All Blacks’ record try-scorer Doug Howlett

Howlett has earned himself a place in the hearts of fans on both sides of the world.

South African media report details of Erasmus deal

RASSIE Erasmus will leave Munster to oversee a major overhaul of South African rugby shortly, and will bring his defence coach Jacques Nienaber home with him, Afrikaan media reported last night.

Harlequins sign Francis Saili from Munster

Saili was capped twice by the All Blacks in 2013.

Rassie Erasmus to quit Munster – reports

Rassie Erasmus looks set to bring his stint at Munster to a premature end.

Munster rugby has just endured one of the most challenging seasons ever: Donal Lenihan

A chastening end to what has proved one of the most horrifically demanding and challenging seasons any group of players and management has ever had to endure.

Munster keen to stage European game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Munster Rugby would “love” to stage a Champions Cup game at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Pro12 final: Munster unchanged as Scarlets are without Lions hooker

Donnacha Ryan will make his final appearance for Munster on Saturday.

Red-carded Scarlets winger cleared to face Munster in Pro12 final

Evans was red-carded during last week’s win over Leinster.

Rassie Erasmus: ‘It’s all about pressure. Big moments turn play-off rugby’

Erasmus is likely to stick with his midfield pairing of Rory Scannell and the departing Francis Saili for Saturday’s final.

Munster prop signs one-year deal with Nottingham

The 23-year-old made his full Munster debut last month.

Tyler Bleyendaal a major doubt for Munster’s Pro12 semi-final clash

Asked if Bleyendaal was a doubt for the semi-final,” Erasmus replied: “Yes, yes, yes, yes.”

Conor Murray set for Munster return against Connacht

Conor Murray has been named on the bench for Munster's clash with Connacht in the Guinness PRO12 tomorrow.

Conor Murray remains a doubt as Munster look to secure PRO12 semi-final at Thomond Park

The scrum half is still being monitored as he looks to shrug off the shoulder injury suffered during the Six Nations.

Conor Murray misses out on Munster team for tomorrow's Champions Cup semi-final

Murray remains out injured for Munster ahead of their meeting with Saracens at the Aviva Stadium.