champions cup

WATCH: Alby Mathewson on Munster’s Champions Cup defeat to Castres

By John Keogh / December 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Munster fell to a 13-12 defeat to Castres in the Champions Cup at the weekend in somewhat controversial circumstances. Two Castres players have since been cited for incidents that occurred during the contest. Rory Kockott has been cited for allegedly making contact with Chris Cloete’s eye, while Marc-Antoine Rallier faces disciplinary action for a dangerous…

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LISTEN: The Breakdown EP 75 With Three Red Kings & Sporting Limerick

By Jack Neville / December 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Munster lost their first game of the Champions Cup season last Saturday in Castres in what was a fiery contest. Munster will rue some missed kicks but will be disappointed at the performance of referee Stuart Barnes who was very lenient towards the French who have had two players cited in the meantime. Up next…

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WATCH: Stander recalls past struggles in Europe ahead of Castres trip

By Jack Neville / December 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

Much has been made about Munster’s inability to get a bonus point against Castres in Thomond Park last Sunday. Munster dominated the game from start to finish but could only muster three tries from JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannel and CJ Stander. Munster still lie in a healthy position atop of pool 2 but will be…

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Joey Carbery returns as Johann van Graan announces side for Castres

By Jack Neville / December 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Munster team has been named for Saturday’s Champions Cup clash away to French champions Castres Olympique at Stade Pierre-Fabre (5.30pm Irish time). Head Coach Johann van Graan has made one change to the side that defeated the French side 30-5 at Thomond Park on Sunday with Joey Carbery starting at out-half. Conor Murray is…

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WATCH: CJ Stander wary of Castres backlash “It’s a difficult place to play”

By Jack Neville / December 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Munster travel to Castres this Saturday after comprehensively overcoming the French side in Thomond Park last Sunday. Munster eased to a 30-5 victory in Limerick where their dominance was evident from the outset. Although Munster will be disappointed not to have come away from the game without a bonus point, they will have aspirations of…

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WATCH: Conor Murray looking to halt Castres momentum in France

By Jack Neville / December 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Akin to the Munster sides in the first decade of the 2000’s who’s gameplam relied heavily on a dominant set-piece, Munster destroyed Castres at scrum time in Thomond last Sunday. For a returning Conor Murray, this domination was the ideal platform to dictate the Munster backline who ran in three tries but in reality could…

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WATCH: Murray “Expecting a backlash” against Castres

By Jack Neville / December 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last Sunday saw Conor Murray finally return to European action for Munster in a season that has been heavily interrupted with a neck injury. Much of the pre-match focus surrounded the partnership of Murray and Joey Carbery who were destined to get their first Munster start together. However, the former Leinster man pulled up prior…

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WATCH: van Graan expecting a “battle” in Castres this Saturday

By Jack Neville / December 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

For Johann van Graan, Munster’s 30-5 defeat of Castres in Thomond Park may have come at an expense with Joey Carbery and Chris Farrell both withdrawing from the game on the day due to injury. Despite this, van Graan is optimistic ahead of the return fixture highlighting how well the replacements, JJ Hanrahan, who was…

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Farrell ruled out for return Castres trip

By John Keogh / December 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

Chris Farrell will miss out on Munster’s return Champions Cup fixture with Castres this coming Saturday, while Joey Carbery remains a doubt. Both players cried off just before kick-off in Munster’s 30-5 victory over the French champions at Thomond Park. Farrell suffered a quadriceps muscle strain in the warm up and is set to miss…

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Johann van Graan makes two changes to Munster Squad for Castres clash

By Jack Neville / December 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

The Munster team to face Castres Olympique in the Champions Cup at Thomond Park on Sunday has been named by Head Coach Johann van Graan (KO 1pm). There are two changes to the side that defeated Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO14 last time out as Joey Carbery and CJ Stander are both included. Mike Haley…

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