Noa Nakaitaci of Clermont Auvergne makes the break that led to his try during the European Rugby Champions Cup  match against Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Clermont 26 Munster 19Munster skipper Peter O’Mahony accepts their European Champions Cup quarter-final qualification hopes rest in the hands of other(...)

By Tuesday evening Conor Murray at least had the consolation of no longer having to look directly at the footage of Munster’s European Champions Cup (...)

Munster head coach Anthony Foley: “What we don’t want is to play the victim. We were well beaten by Clermont.”   Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Once Munster coach Anthony Foley dispensed a medical bulletin that charted the province’s injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup seq(...)

Munster captain Peter O’Mahony: “If we play extremely well we’re always going to be hard to beat.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony eyes betrayed a flicker of animation as he answered a question about whether he’d like to be able to fast forward to kick-off time a(...)

 Clermont’s Fritz Lee leads the  celebrations  after the final whistle of the European Rugby Champions Cup match against Munster  at Thomond Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clermont Auvergne number eight Fritz Lee may be cited for repeatedly punching Munster captain Peter O’Mahony in the 10th minute of the 16-9 victory a(...)

Munster’s Denis Hurley and Pat Howard tackle Aurelien Rougerie of  Clermont Auvergne during the European Rugby Champions Cup match at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster 9 ASM Clermont Auvergne 16 Clermont Auvergne just provided a lesson to others on how to stack Thomond Park. The first French club to win in L(...)

Former All Black and Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes, now  in the first year of a two-year contract as Clermont forwards coach. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes said there is no danger of Clermont Auvergne underestimating the task they face when they come to Thomond P(...)

Racing Metro’s Jonathan Sexton during yesterday’s match against Treviso. Photograph:
Pierre Teyssot/AFP/Getty Images

Jonathan Sexton kicked 16 points as Racing Metro defeated Benetton Treviso 26-10 at Stadio Comunale di Mongio yesterday. The Ireland outhalf was on ta(...)

 A close-up of the European Rugby Champions Cup trophy. Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Munster will be the first of the Irish provinces into action on Saturday, December 6th, when they host Clermont Auvergne at Thomond Park (5.30) follow(...)

Peter O’Mahony’s inclusion in the Munster team is a huge bonus against Toulouse. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It is a measure of the Heineken Cup’s status that this quarter-final weekend is almost as pivotal in the story of the 2013-14 season as Ireland(...)