CROSS Cancer Research Rugby Legends cycle: “This is no place to be for your second cycle in a year – belly empty, bar the gallon-and-a-half Kenmare offered the night before”

Two thoughts: what is a ‘legend’; and difference between ‘management and leadership?’

Brian O’Driscoll and Leo Cullen: “For all the players that came and went over 15 years those two remained crucial.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll have been the steady heads behind Leinster success

Toulouse centre Florian Fritz leaves the pitch after he was injured during the Top 14 quarter-final rugby union match against  Racing Metro earlier this month. He was allowed to return to the game. Photograph: Getty Images

If we don’t wise up many players could reap a terrible harvest after retirement

Munster’s CJ Stander and Gerhard van den Heever with Tommy Seymour of Glasgow Warriors. Munster face another battle royal against the Scottish side. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

They’ve unfairly kept Eddie O’Sullivan out of a job but will help Munster perform against Glasgow

Casey Laulala in action against Toulon: “Casey Laulala is a case in point where the accuracy he consistently displayed fell below standard.”

Taking on the money boys of Toulon is not an option for the IRFU

For Munster to keep the ball on or beyond the gain line against Toulon in Marseille. James Downey (with ball, above), in particular, must get flat, quick ball ad nauseam. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To do so they must recognise their weaknesses and play to their strengths

 Munster’s Dave Foley tackles Jonny Gray of Glasgow Warriors. The homeide’s performance was miles off the intensity required. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

While David Nucifora may be concentrating on the game’s elite, the clubs’ participation must be fostered

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