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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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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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