When the Summer internationals wrap up, the all-absorbing FIFA World Cup comes to a close and you’re left anticipating the return of the regular rugby season, you begin to dream of what could be. Could this be the season we go that bit further? Is there something different about us this time around? As Munster … More The Season Of Expectation
Pace, power, perseverance Three matches in and we’ve already learned a lot about Johann Van Graan’s vision for this Munster team. The 37 year old’s arrival has brought an injection of energy, as you would come to expect, but an array of changes to the team’s style too. It is early days and all early … More Van Graan Has Munster Playing To Their Strengths Again
European Rugby takes no prisoners. Win neither of your opening two games and you may as well start packing it in. It’s the nature of the competition. Munster travelled to the south of France last Sunday lunchtime looking to bounce back from defeat to rivals Leinster only to produce a lethargic, error-ridden performance that many … More RACING AGAINST TIME: Win Or Bust As Munster Look To Get Back On Track
Just three games into the new season and we’ve already seen Munster’s assured, clinical best mixed with some slightly muddier moments. Top of the table with 14 points, you would think Munster supporters really shouldn’t have much to moan about. Well, it doesn’t quite turn out that way. You see, you don’t just take these … More Could Munster Be Facing A Dilemma At Outhalf?
AS I STRUTTED my way to the Thomond turnstiles last January, Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ fittingly boomed from the heart of the fortress. The men in red had been stopped just once in their previous ten games, were just off the back of two derby wins and ready to steamroll the visiting Racing 92 … More Don’t Stop Me Now: Munster 2017/2018 Season Preview
Sometimes the better team wins. Simple as. When you’re simply outclassed in a match, there isn’t a whole lot you can say. Luckily for Munster, there’s a greater picture than just Sarries – there’s a future and more imminently, there’s a Pro12 title waiting to be contended for. Most importantly, many of the players involved … More THE LEARNING CURVE: Munster Fall To Saracens’ Supremacy
Written by Conal Lane Far from a classic Thomond Park interprovincial dust up, nevertheless the men in red came through against Ulster last weekend. Perhaps the ideal preparation for what lies ahead this Saturday in Dublin. Yep, it’ll be a tough one, that much is guaranteed. As expected, Conor Murray is not fit to start, … More PAINT IT RED: Munster Vs Saracens Preview
RONAN O’GARA WROTE in his latest book, “When you get into bonus territory the shackles come off. There’s a massive emotional release.” It’s one of my favourite lines from a rugby player because of what it means when put into practise. Everything is different at the semi-final stage. A stage that I think has probably been … More Shackles Off: Time To Stand Up And Fight
THE MUNSTER JUGGERNAUT continued on Saturday night with a precious away win in Scotstoun. The men in red put their bodies on the line, fought for every inch and on the overall, produced an emotional performance for the ages. However, from a technical point of view, it was an off-day for the visitors and such … More The Missing Ingredient: Munster Breakdown Analysis
All it takes is a moment of magic… 14-12 and Munster are through to the quarter finals of the Champions Cup for the first time! Thomond Park, we hope you’re ready.