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When the venue is Thomond Park then the climb doesn't get much easier. And when the away team arrives with about as much enthusiasm for competing as you would for completing a tax return, then the issue doesn't remain live for too long.
They were the first French club to really take the Heineken Cup seriously, but while they have won it four times and have been in the final on another couple of occasions, it has not stopped them from winning their own championship year after year.
So, when Ronan O'Mahony finally made his competitive Munster debut last April almost four years on from his first run out as a 20-year-old he was determined to make an impact. And touching down for his first senior try certainly caught the eye of Rob
Tighthead props are generally last in the queue when it comes to sprinting and perhaps that's why the entrants have been taking their time to put their hands up. Rugby's least glamorous position is also its most valuable, and for years Ireland have
The unique visceral dimension of this fixture guarantees a sell-out, irrespective of championship implications for either team. Maybe it reflects some kind of native immaturity, but beating the 'old enemy' still registers as something profoundly
Tuesday January 22 2013 Motivation is defined as the inner power that pushes us toward taking action and toward achievements...Munster 's Mike Sherry is one of a cabal of younger players in the Munster dressing-room who are fuelled by their desire to
For those All Blacks fans who still blame referee Wayne Barnes for New Zealand's quarterfinal loss to France at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, here's something to smile about. The English whistleblower, who controversially missed a French forward pass and
Saturday December 29 2012 this evening's Thomond Park clash of Munster and Ulster offers two developing teams the opportunity to make a major statement as they seek to chart a way to trophy success. Munster will be desperately keen to avenge last
Friday December 28 2012 Prop Dave Kilcoyne didn't make the Munster squad when they were defeated by Ulster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final in April, but, eight months later, he has nailed down a starting position and has made his international
FC will begin life at Thomond Park with a Munster derby showdown against rivals Cork City . The 2013 Airtricity League fixtures have been released by the FAI and the confirmation of Thomond as Limerick's base on their return to the Premier Division