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Donnacha O’Callaghan hanging up his boots at end of this season: ‘As much as I love rugby I love my family more and I need to be there’

Former Munster and Ireland lock Donnacha O’Callaghan will bring the curtain down on his illustrious career at the end of this season.

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Why Simon Zebo decided to swap Munster for French adventure

When it comes to player retention, there are some bases even the IRFU cannot cover.

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Five things Johann van Grann will have learned from first Thomond Park visit

After shadowing Rassie Erasmus for a week as Munster prepared for the Champions Cup visit of Racing 92, incoming head coach Johann van Grann rounded out his flying visit to Limerick with a first trip to Thomond Park. 

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Heart, guts, belief: The assets Johann van Graan inherits

Munster 14 Racing 7: Heart, guts, belief. Rassie Erasmus neatly summarised the attributes in the Munster squad that he hands over to Johann van Graan over the next month or so and which his successor saw at first hand on an archetypal European night at Thomond Park.

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Irish rugby league side set quarter-final target

Ireland will be playing with a smile on their faces in the World Cup, according to coach Mark Aston.

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Peter Jackson's Monday review: European giants survive Saturday banana skins

Since its rebranding as the Champions Cup, the big beasts have thundered down an all too predictable road, relentless in their crushing of lighter opposition, writes Peter Jackson.

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Leo Cullen: We have a long way to go

‘A statement’ this may have been from a Leinster side angling for an improvement on last season’s semi-final berth, but Leo Cullen has seen too much to get over excited by a performance or two in October.

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Connacht make heavy weather of win

Connacht 15 Worcester Warriors 8: You suspect the more Kieran Keane settles into life in Galway the more he appreciates exactly what his predecessor Pat Lam achieved, not just with limited resources but the manner in which he got them to play in the difficult climatic conditions.

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Mixed emotions as Tommy Bowe enters record books

La Rochelle 41 Ulster 17: Tommy Bowe moved into joint fourth place on European rugby’s all-time try-scoring lists - but that was about as good as it for Ulster as they were beaten 41-17 in La Rochelle.

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