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Three out of eight quarter-finalists would be great

At last, a contest this round of Champions Cup rugby so badly needed. After the capitulations witnessed in some of the other Rd 5 games, it was so refreshing to see Glasgow and Munster give absolutely everything in an effort to secure a win and a coveted quarter final slot.

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Munster handling of Conor Murray faces scrutiny

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have launched an inquiry into Munster’s handling of a head injury to Conor Murray during Saturday’s Champions Cup win over Glasgow Warriors.

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Old values bring new possibilities for Munster

Glasgow 12 Munster 14: With no frills and few thrills Munster left Glasgow on Saturday night with everything they had hoped for. 

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Connacht on the cusp of history

You need breaks in any sport to win things. Connacht got them and took them on their march to the PRO12 title last season. It’s happening again in the Champions Cup this time round but there is nothing fortuitous about Pat Lam’s men being in prime position to make the quarter-finals for the first time in history. 

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Peter Jackson: Whatever happened to the drop goal?

Munster’s courageous recapture of Glasgow en route towards reinstating Limerick as Europe’s rugby capital raises a strange question this morning: What ever happened to the drop goal?

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Champions Cup permutations

Qualification for the Champions Cup quarter-finals may be assured but both Munster and Leinster must now use the final round of pool games this weekend to secure home draws in the last eight.

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Les Kiss rues slackness as Ulster make their exit

Exeter 31 Ulster 19: Ulster boss Les Kiss cut a frustrated figure as his side’s hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals ended in England’s West Country last night.

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Jack Conan stars as Leinster run riot

Leinster 57 Montpellier 3: This wasn’t supposed to be easy. Billed as a true test of just how much progress Leinster have made this season, it took just three tries in 14 blistering first-half minutes for Leinster to swat aside 14-man Montpellier and book their places in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions Cup.

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Rassie Erasmus: ‘It’s going to be a grind’

A near-frozen Glasgow and an in-form Warriors provide yet another test of this Munster’s side mettle this evening as Rassie Erasmus’s players bid to reach the Champions Cup knockout rounds with a week to spare.

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Togetherness helps Munster with pain of losing Anthony Foley

Last October the Irish sports world was left reeling by shocking news from Paris. The sudden passing of Munster coach Anthony Foley ahead of his side’s clash with Racing 92 stunned the country. How have the Munster players been able to process that shock and grief — and then taken the field for subsequent matches?

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Gregor Townsend’s Glasgow Warriors waiting in the long grass

It is common in professional sport for the protagonists to talk of nothing but their focus on “the next game”, but this weekend’s clash with Munster has been many years in the planning for Glasgow Warriors’ head coach Gregor Townsend.

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Munster seal home last-eight showdown in B&I Cup

Munster A 24 Doncaster Knights 16: Munster A sealed the deal for a home quarter-final in the B&I Cup when they proved too good for battling Doncaster Knights at Bandon last night.

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Pat Lam gambles on a scrum-half at No. 10

Connacht coach Pat Lam has gambled by starting today’s key Champions Cup pool game against Zebre without a recognised out-half.

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Les Kiss gives rookie Dave Shanahan first Ulster start

Rookie scrum-half Dave Shanahan makes his first start for Ulster in tomorrow’s crucial Champions Cup away trip to in-form Exeter.

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Cork Con win their 43rd Charity Cup

Cork Constitution 17 Highfield 11 (AET): Cork Constitution retained their Cork Charity Cup title and added their name on the trophy for the 43rd time with an extra time victory over a game Highfield side at Woodleigh Park.

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