Ronan Calvert Champions Cup: Leinster Outside chance: Clermont Leinster, Clermont and Munster seem to be the early favourites for the European Cup following their storming starts to the pool stages. Their chances have been boosted by reigning champions Saracens’ recent deterioration and the likewise lacklustre displays of Racing 92 and Toulon, making this season a golden … More Munster Haka Team’s 2018 World Rugby Predictions
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
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
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.
What does it take? Right now is the most excited Munster supporters have been in the last five years. There has been a quarter final and two semi-finals in between and there was great hope that Rob Penney’s troops in particular could go all the way with some luck. However, those teams didn’t feel quite … More Do Munster Have What It Takes To Win A Third European Cup?
The only Champions Cup fixture of the weekend is a hugely significant one. Munster travel to the city of light in the rescheduled game between themselves and Ronan O’Gara’s Racing 92. Racing’s interest may be partly diminished by the reality that their hopes of progressing have already been extinguished, but history suggests they will refuse to … More RACING HEART: Munster Vs Racing Preview