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Munster's Dave O'Callaghan, Billy Holland and Robin Copeland training at UL. Copeland comes into the Munster side at number eight. Picture: Dan Sheridan

We must keep driving the standards on

GUINNESS PRO12:
Cardiff Blues v Munster
Munster’s handling of Saracens’ attacking threat last week can be the key to victory over in-form Guinness Pro12 rivals Cardiff Blues this evening at the Arms Park.

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Robin Copeland. Picture: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Copeland back in action in old Arms stomping ground

Robin Copeland’s return to the BT Cardiff Arms Park where he enjoyed two highly successful years before linking up with Munster this season and the first appearance of Argentine international Luis Gonzalez Amorosino on the wing for Cardiff Blues adds considerable interest to this evening’s Guinness Pro12 clash.

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IRELAND'S CALL: Peter O'Mahony shares a light moment with supporters in the Aviva Stadium. Picture: Cathal Noonan

Schmidt ‘very motivated’ to find the fine margins

This time last year, Joe Schmidt was giving his best ‘aw shucks’ performances in talking at length about the pressures that come with being Ireland’s new head coach.

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Dr Michael Gervais

Coaching the coach

If you hear an Irish rugby player in the coming year using the term ’Always Compete’ or ’Fail Fast’ or admitting to spelling words backwards when they’ve felt over-anxious, you can probably put it down to a recent conversation between Joe Schmidt and a psychologist Dr Michael Gervais.

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Muskerry likely to face Clonmel backlash

After last weekend’s break, the Munster Leagues return to action with a busy fixture list across all three division.

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Ah You in for White as Connacht prepare for ‘biggest challenge so far’

Rodney Ah You takes over injured Nathan White’s tighthead prop spot, having been released from the Ireland camp at Carton House, for Connacht’s Guinness Pro12 fixture with leaders Ospreys in Swansea this evening (7.35pm).

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Smith: Senior players need to step up

Andrew Smith believes the absence of Munster’s Ireland contingent for the next month means it is up to the remaining seniors in the squad to maintain the intensity levels set over the last four games.

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Cunningham named new Ulster manager

European Cup winner Bryn Cunningham is the new Ulster team manager. The 36-year-old former Ireland A and Dungannon full-back will have a role similar to that of departed Director of Rugby David Humphreys in dealing with players’ contracts plus other incidentals associated with the senior Ulster squad.

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Debut for Te’o as Leinster chase back-to-back wins

Former Rugby League star, Ben Te’o, makes his Leinster debut in tonight’s Guinness Pro12 clash with Edinburgh (RDS, 7.35pm), as the champions aim to secure back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

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World Cup not the basis for code switch, claims Burgess

Sam Burgess says his high-profile, six-figure switch of rugby codes was based on "the challenge" that will await him — and not next year’s World Cup in England.

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Blow for Schmidt as White out for up to four months

Connacht prop Nathan White will miss Ireland’s autumn Test series after rupturing a tendon in his upper arm in training with Joe Schmidt’s squad.

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Cooper and Genia are again a pair

Australia have reunited Quade Cooper and Will Genia at half-back for tomorrow’s non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

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Easterby keen to add strength in depth to Irish panel

Simon Easterby didn’t expect the call.

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‘The Honey Badger’ can bring a touch of surreal to Baabaas

Nick Cummins apologises as he momentarily loses his train of thought while discussing lining up for the Barbarians against Australia, the country of his birth, at Twickenham on Saturday.

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Feek is confident Ireland can overcome growing injury adversity

Greg Feek made no bones about it yesterday.

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Kiwi Aki poised for Connacht debut

Connacht coach Pat Lam is set to unleash the first of his three New Zealand signings tomorrow night in Swansea as they bid to win at the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

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Holland: Munster need to stay focused for trip to Cardiff

The frontliners are away with Ireland and European competition has been put to bed for another six weeks but Munster can ill afford to switch off when they return to Guinness Pro12 action at Cardiff Blues on Saturday, Billy Holland has warned.

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