Johann van Graan looks ahead to Connacht clash as Taute confirms Leicester move

Munster boss Johann van Graan insists he is committed to improving his existing squad as the province bids to win silverware for the first time in eight years but that will be without South Africa centre Jaco Taute, who was unveiled today by Leicester Tigers as a new signing for next season.

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Beirne: I genuinely thought we came here to win

Tadhg Beirne may be a new signing for Munster this season but he shared the pain of consecutive semi-final defeats in Coventry at the weekend.

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Van Graan envisages no summer reinforcements for Munster

Johann van Graan does not see Munster signing new players for next season but insists that keeping the existing squad together for the long haul will reap rewards.

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Munster to probe pitch invader incident

Simon Lewis Munster Rugby has pledged to further investigate an incident at the end of their Champions Cup semi-final at the Ricoh Arena when a supporter appeared to confront Saracens player Billy Vunipola on the field.

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Man-of-the-match Vunipola helps Saracens to final following Munster mauling

Saracens continued their recent dominance of Munster as they subjected the Irish province to another mauling and consigned the Reds to a third straight European semi-final defeat.

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Jones set to extend Munster role

Felix Jones looks set to extend his stay as Munster backline and attack coach beyond this season and fulfil Johann van Graan’s wish for continuity on his coaching ticket.

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Munster must hit the ground running to stun Saracens’ star power

Ever get that feeling that the stars are aligning for some special purpose?

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Change that Munster can believe in

Edinburgh Airport, Saturday evening, March 30. As the Munster squad and supporters prepare to fly home after a tense quarter-final victory at Murrayfield, there are numerous emotions on display.

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Johaan van Graan backs Sweetnam to fill void

Johann van Graan is confident Darren Sweetnam has what it takes to fill the breach left by an injury to Keith Earls ahead of a European semi-final with Saracens that Peter O’Mahony believes will be Munster’s biggest challenge of the last three years.

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Saracens v Munster: How the sides compare

Milestones and long-awaited comebacks feature aplenty in the Saracens team picked by Mark McCall, who makes 10 changes from the side which lost at Bristol Bears last week.

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Van Graan confident Sweetnam can fill in for injured Earls

Johann van Graan is confident Darren Sweetnam has what it takes to fill the breach left by an injury to Keith Earls ahead of a European semi-final with Saracens that Peter O’Mahony believes will be Munster’s biggest challenge of the last three years.

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Paul O'Connell dismisses talk of a return to Munster coaching role

Paul O'Connell has dismissed speculation that he could return to a coaching role with Munster anytime soon.

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Chris Farrell: Munster need different mindset to overcome semi-final woes

Chris Farrell admits Munster's inability to progress beyond the semi-finals has become a concern that will influence their approach to Saturday's Champions Cup clash with Saracens.

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The success of Munster rugby isn't confined to the biggest stages

Bandon RFC picked up an All-Ireland title at U16 level last weekend. Such glory days are becoming a bit of a habit, says club president Dan Murphy.

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Keith Earls ruled out as Munster name team for Saracens clash

Keith Earls has been ruled out of Munster's Heineken Champions Cup semi-final away to Saracens tomorrow.

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A look back at history shows the rivalry with Munster has turned Sarries’ way

Ahead of Saturday's eagerly awaited Heineken Champions Cup semi-final clash between Munster and Saracens we look back at previous titanic clashes between these two old rivals.

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Scannell's journey back to European summit

As an ever-present for Munster in Europe, since the dark days of a losing pool campaign, Rory Scannell is perfectly placed to assess his province’s current ability to compete at the highest level.

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Saracens won’t be fazed by Red Army

Saracens captain Brad Barritt has rejected claims his side will be intimidated by Munster’s travelling army of fans when the teams meet in Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final in Coventry.

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D’Arcy: Vunipola controversy could work to Munster’s advantage

Gordon D’Arcy feels the controversy swirling around Billy Vunipola will be an exacting test of the culture that exists in the Saracens dressing room — and that Saturday’s European clash with Munster will deliver the results.

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Bleyendaal a real energy-giver and we are lucky to have him, says van Graan

Whether you are a Munster coach or a team-mate, Tyler Bleyendaal ticks plenty of boxes as one of the great readers of the game and those insights could well be vital against Saracens on Saturday.

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Billy Vunipola warned to expect further boos ahead of Saracens v Munster

The Saracens number eight has been formally warned by the RFU and his club over an Instagram post.

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O’Mahony: ‘It’s going to have to be the performance of the year’

The echoes of Munster’s European semi-final defeat to Saracens two years ago may still be ringing in newspaper columns and the minds of supporters but Peter O’Mahony spoke for his squad and management yesterday when he declared his team have long since moved on, and for the better.

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The Irishman plotting Munster’s downfall

The sound of Irishmen baying for blood isn’t going to bother Saracens in the slightest this weekend.

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Joey Carbery still 'highly unlikely' to face Saracens as Munster take it day by day

Tyler Bleyendaal remains on course to start as Munster’s fly-half in this Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens after Johann van Graan revealed that Joey Carbery remains highly unlikely of playing.

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Saracens in the eye of a storm ahead of Munster showdown

Saracens would have hoped for a quieter week than the one just gone but Maro Itoje, for one, is aiming to block out the outside noise against old foes Munster in the Champions Cup semi-final on Saturday in Coventry.

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Wycherley doubtful for Munster after picking up leg injury in Treviso

Versatile back five player Fineen Wycherley is Munster’s only new injury concern as they start preparing for next weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens.

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Van Graan happy with depth as understrength Munster claim bonus point win in Italy

Munster coach Johann van Graan praised the strength and depth of his squad after they came from behind to oust Benetton Rugby in Treviso on Friday night.

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Van Graan’s ‘puzzle’ as Reds battle on two fronts

Johann van Graan sends a mix-and-match Munster side into Stadio Monigo tonight with one eye firmly on next weekend’s European semi-final with Saracens.

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Munster make 11 changes as Van Graan rotates squad

Three Academy players are included in the squad.

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Munster winger Ronan O’Mahony forced to retire on medical grounds

The winger broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a 2017 game against Treviso and has been advised to retire from professional rugby.

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Van Graan: ‘I’m very privileged and very happy to stay here’

Johann van Graan is hopeful his decision to stay on as Munster boss beyond his current contract can give the province the sort of stability that has propelled the likes of Saracens and the All Blacks to long-term and sustained success.

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Joey Carbery 'highly unlikely' to face Saracens in Champions Cup semi-final

There was good news and bad from the Munster camp today as the province announced Johann van Graan had signed a contract extension to June 2022 before the head coach himself rated Joey Carbery as “highly unlikely” to face Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final in 12 days.

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Van Graan signs two-year extension as Munster coach

"Coming to Munster I wanted to become part of the community, and every day I get to experience that sense of belonging with my family and I settled in from the very beginning."

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Johann van Graan looks to his reserves to complete the Italian job

Johann van Graan is under no illusions about the size of the task facing Munster in Treviso on Friday night, but he will nevertheless dig deep into his squad as the Reds bid to keep pace in the race for a Guinness PRO14 home semi final.

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Munster stars will have well-earned break after physical contests, says Van Graan

Johann van Graan believes some of his frontline stars have earned a well-earned break after helping Munster secure a Guinness PRO14 play-off berth with a thumping 45-21 win over Cardiff Blues in Cork on Friday.

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Bonus as Munster turn the tables on Cardiff

Munster kept the pressure on Guinness PRO14 conference leaders Glasgow Warriors as they racked up a bonus-point victory over play-off rivals Cardiff Blues in Cork last night.

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Munsters ensure place at top table

A bonus-try victory by the comfortable scoreline of 33-7 over close neighbours Shannon in a taut Limerick AIL derby at Tom Clifford Park last night ensures that Young Munster will again be involved in Division One rugby next season.

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Van Graan: Let’s keep winning habit

Three games to go in the shake-up for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and still all to play for as far as Munster and Cardiff Blues are concerned, going into what promises to be an intriguing clash in Cork this evening (7.35pm).

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Munster name team for final home game in Cork

Munster have named their starting team for the Pro14 clash with Cardiff in Musgrave Park.

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Murray backs relaxed Bleyendaal to steer Munster

Conor Murray insists Munster will be in good hands with Tyler Bleyendaal at out-half against Saracens in this month’s European semi-final should Joey Carbery fail to prove his fitness in time.

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Scannell: We must keep up the pressure in quest for home semi

Munster resume their mission to secure a home Guinness PRO14 semi-final against Cardiff Blues tomorrow night with Niall Scannell admitting all the province can do is keep the pressure on the conference leaders and hope they slip up.

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Conor Murray: ‘I felt better at the weekend... I felt energetic’

Class is permanent, and the hope is that Conor Murray’s dip in form is now behind him.

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Murray: Ref got controversial Tadhg Beirne call right

Conor Murray admits that there was a touch of the theatrical to Tadhg Beirne in Edinburgh last weekend.

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Sarries again loom large for Earls

Saracens have loomed large on Keith Earls’s horizon since he first broke into Munster’s professional ranks more than a decade ago.

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Revitalised Toulouse pose massive threat to Leinster’s title hopes

Four stunning quarter-finals, three of which were decided by a single score, made for a sensational weekend of Champions Cup rugby.

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Carbery hamstring injury ‘a big concern’ for Munster

Johann van Graan has admitted Joey Carbery’s latest hamstring injury is “a big concern” as he failed to give a timeframe on his first-choice fly-half’s recovery with a European semi-final date less than three weeks away.

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Relaxed Van Graan gets back to basics

Johann van Graan gave no indication about the quality of his Sunday night’s sleep but given the Munster boss watched a playback of Saracens’ seven-try demolition of Glasgow Warriors before bedtime, a fit of the night terrors would have been understandable.

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Van Graan refuses to speculate on extent of Joey Carbery's hamstring injury

Johann van Graan refused to speculate on the extent of Joey Carbery’s new hamstring injury as Munster turned their focus back to the Guinness PRO14 campaign and the visit of Cardiff Blues to Cork on Friday night.

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Late change for Munster ahead of Champions Cup clash as Haley ruled out

Munster have been forced into a late change ahead of their Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh.

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History is behind them but Munster must be wary of young pretenders

Munster touched down in the Scottish capital yesterday ready to make their European pedigree tell against a talented, up-and-coming team lacking their experience of closing out big games such as today’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.

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Centres eat twice as much as front-rows, says Munster nutritionist

Munster’s midfield maestros spend longest at the dinner table, according to Emma Tester, Lead Performance Nutritionist with Munster Rugby.

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Peter O’Mahony keen to move on from ‘strange reaction’

Peter O’Mahony has drawn a line under Ireland’s defeat to Wales a fortnight ago, so as to focus on Munster’s biggest game of the season, Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.

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Carbery extends Munster stay until 2022

Question marks may remain over his hamstring ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh but there is no doubting Joey Carbery’s allegiance to Munster with confirmation yesterday that the out-half has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain with the province until June 2022.

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Joey Carbery extends Munster contract to 2022

In further positive contract news, All Black scrum-half Alby Mathewson has signed a further extension to his Munster stay.

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Van Graan: Murray remains a world-class player

Conor Murray is primed for a “brilliant performance” when he returns to Munster colours for Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final with Edinburgh, Johann van Graan has declared.

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Carbery set for Munster return as province prepare for Champions Cup quarter-final

The province began training for the trip to Murrayfield on Monday, with their full squad reunited at their High Performance Centre in Limerick for the first time following Ireland’s Six Nations campaign

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Johann van Graan’s swift focus shift after Zebre win

Wipe the slate clean and move on to the next job. That is the way Johann van Graan, like many head coaches, operates but as his Munster side transitions into this European knockout rugby week, his mantra of forgetting the past and resetting to zero on a Monday has never seemed so apt.

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Johann van Graan relies on big guns for Heineken Cup clash

Johann van Graan had bad news for the majority of Munster players who earned a bonus-point Guinness PRO14 victory over Zebre at Thomond Park on Saturday night, he had already decided on his starting line-up for this weekend’s European quarter-final trip to Edinburgh.

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Munster overcome early scare to secure bonus-point win over Zebre

Munster survived an early scare at home to Guinness PRO14 conference bottom club Zebre to come from behind and grab a bonus-point victory on Saturday night.

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Van Graan’s complacency warning for Zebre visit

Munster return to Thomond Park tonight in search of the performance that will get them back to winning ways, but with boss Johann van Graan reminding them they cannot afford to assume Zebre will present them with the opportunity to do so.

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