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Munster coach Rob Penney - nine changes to team that lost to Glasgow. Picture: Diarmuid Green/SPORTSFILE

Connacht braced for backlash as Reds seek boost

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Connacht v Munster
Connacht coach Pat Lam is ready for a Munster backlash at the Sportsground tonight as the southern province seek a confidence booster ahead of Sunday week’s Heineken Cup semi-final with Toulon.

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Connacht Head coach Pat Lam: "We are not defined by outcome, but we are judged by it." Picture: James Crombie

Lam lays out ‘vision’ for Connacht

Connacht coach Pat Lam insists aspirational victories over fellow provinces do not define his developing side at the moment.

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Damien Varley - to captain Munster against Connacht

Three things Munster must show against Connacht

ATTITUDE

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Cian Healy in action. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Blues go try crazy to crush Treviso

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Leinster 62 Benetton Treviso 7
Leinster ran in a provincial best nine tries on their way to the biggest Pro12 win in their history as Matt O’Connor’s side shook off consecutive defeats and their Heineken Cup exit with style at the RDS.

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David Nucifora. Picture: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Meet Joe Schmidt’s and the provincial coaches’ new boss

David Nucifora cracked two jokes on his introduction to the Irish media yesterday.

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Cian Healy stopped by his club Clontarf to lend his support as they face the Barbarians RFC next Wednesday in the Battle of Clontarf. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Healy: Back to basics time

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Leinster v Benetton Treviso
Unfamiliar territory for Leinster.

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Munster flanker Sean Dougall

We must improve

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Connacht v Munster
Flanker Sean Dougall knows Munster must learn from the lessons of defeat to Glasgow as they go in search of a victory at the Sportsground against Connacht tomorrow.

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We can beat anyone on our day, says Murray

A bullish Conor Murray has laid down the gauntlet to Toulon ahead of Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final by warning there is far more to the province than their legendary determination to stand up and fight.

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Browne plays down player diktat on contracts

The IRFU’s chief executive has suggested the union will not seek to dictate which provinces its centrally contracted players should play for.

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Carter’s greatness inspired by ‘workaholic’ Wilkinson

Dan Carter admits he could not have climbed to the top of world rugby without Jonny Wilkinson’s workaholic precedent.

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Muldoon desperate for derby victory

There are likely to be only two players involved at the Sportsground on Saturday who know what it is like to help Connacht defeat Munster in a professional rugby game.

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