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Munster’s muscle machine puts Sarriesto the sword

Munster 14 Saracens 3

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Cool coach praises ruthless Munster’s ‘sharp’ display

Anthony Foley has never been one to gloat, and true to form, he was cool and calculated in his attitude after last night’s clear-cut victory for Munster over Saracens.

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‘Class act’ Luke hopes pain is past

Luke Fitzgerald was still five days short of his 19th birthday when he made his senior debut for Leinster.

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Another 13 questions left for O’Driscoll to tackle

1 The tracksuits of terror: Where are they?

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Do not adjust your set: Rugby pay-per-view is here to stay

For one glorious summer, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park felt like the centre of the world.

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O’Donoghue stars for Munster A

Nottingham 12 Munster A 23

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Leinster have too much in the tank for under-powered Castres

No Rory Kockott calling the shots at ten. No Remi Lamerat bursting through the centre. And no Ibrahim Diarra causing mayhem from the back row.

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Lam says Connacht fear Chiefs backlash

Pool two leaders Connacht face an onerous task away to a fancied Exeter in this afternoon’s second European Challenge Cup fixture.

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Olding eager for test against the best

Live-wire Ireland cap Stuart Olding is promoted from the bench as Ulster head coach Neil Doak makes two changes to the side facing all-conquering Toulon at the Kingspan Stadium this afternoon.

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Zebo on red alert to keep Sarries’ flying wingmen in check

The praise, for once, is valid, as Simon Zebo anticipates the head-to-head contests between the wings of Munster and Saracens in their Champions Cup Pool 1 clash at Thomond Park tonight.

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Leinster brace for impact

It’s been a week of plaudits for Jamie Heaslip after his display against Wasps last Sunday, and rightly so, but the Leinster skipper’s individual efforts overshadowed one of the more important inputs by the collective.

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Ludik: If we give Toulon too much respect, we’re dead

Louis Ludik, one Ulster’s three South African acquisitions this summer, has warned against showing too much respect to tomorrow’s European Champions Cup opponents Toulon.

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Fans warned to be wary of potential travel chaos

Munster Rugby are urging fans to give themselves plenty of time to get to this evening’s Champions Cup pool clash with Saracens at Thomond Park as roadworks continue to disrupt travel between Cork and Limerick.

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Leader caught on hop by Ireland call

Connacht full-back Darragh Leader presumed it was some of his team-mates having a laugh when Joe Schmidt rang him up this week to tell him he was in the Ireland squad.

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Dougall and Holland return with Munster A

Senior flanker Sean Dougall returns to active service with Munster’s A’s tonight facing Nottingham as Mick O’Driscoll’s men look to bounce back from last week’s defeat by Worcester.

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Time for Munster to put their best foot forward

Now comes the hard part.

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Peter O’Mahony: I’ll be fit for Sarries showdown

The bangs and knocks of last Saturday’s encounter with Sale Sharks are clear as Munster captain Peter O’Mahony sits down 48 hours later to discuss his team’s next Champions Cup mission.

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Ireland exposure will improve Keatley, says boss

Joe Schmidt believes he can help make Ian Keatley a better player by bringing the Munster fly-half into the Ireland squad for next month’s Guinness Series.

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Castres can’t be underestimated, warns Reddan

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor spoke last weekend about the need to avoid an "ambush" in Castres in their European Rugby Champions Cup encounter this Sunday and Eoin Reddan knows all too well how best-laid plans can go awry in the Stade Pierre Antoine.

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Joe Schmidt, right, and sports psychologist, Dr. Mike Gervais.

Schmidt focuses on southern scalp

Joe Schmidt would "love" to claim at least one southern hemisphere scalp when South Africa and Australia visit Dublin next month for Ireland’s autumn Guinness Series.

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