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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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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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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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Brian O'Driscoll

O’Driscoll: Leinster Reds drove me batty

Brian O’Driscoll says he could never understand or accept why people from Leinster would support Munster in the early years of the Heineken Cup.

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Tommy O'Donnell: Ready for tough test against Saracens.

O’Donnell issues another Red alert

It seems a little early to be manning the barricades and demanding your comrades go once more into the breach but with Saracens coming to Thomond Park on Friday night, that is exactly what Munster need to do to keep their Champions Cup campaign on track.

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Rhys Ruddock

Ruddock: Time to show ‘nasty’ side

Rhys Ruddock has declared that Leinster are going to have to show their nasty side on Sunday away to 2013 Top 14 champions Castres at the Stade Pierre Antoine.

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Neil Doak

Trimble injury blow for Doak’s Ulster

Ulster head coach Neil Doak is pressing on with preparations for Saturday’s Champions Cup ‘Final’ against mighty Toulon with one word on his mind: intimidation.

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Will Fraser

Fraser can’t wait to fulfil Thomond dream

Saracens flanker Will Fraser admits he will be fulfilling a childhood dream against Munster at Thomond Park on Friday night.

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BACK TO BASICS: BJ Botha, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley and Donncha O'Callaghan at the  Munster squad training  at the  University of Limerick yesterday.

Foley: We must deal better with breakdown against Sarries

European Champions Cup Pool 1
Munster v Saracens
Friday: Thomond Park, 7.45pm

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Matt O'Connor

Leinster’s tenacious tackling took the sting out of Wasps

"A captain’s night", said Leinster coach Matt O’Connor of his number eight Jamie Heaslip after Sunday’s victory over Wasps.

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