Gerry Thornley: Judge Munster after third season

Team must bring A-game to key tests but Rassie Erasmus’s side is clearly on right track

Conor Murray makes a break during the Guinness Pro 12 final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray makes a break during the Guinness Pro 12 final against Scarlets at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Munster will never forget this season. It was and will forever be defined by the sudden and premature passing of Anthony Foley on the morning of their scheduled European Champions Cup opener in Paris against Racing 92.

They can feel rightly proud of the way they honoured his memory in the days and weeks that followed, even if they ultimately came a semi-final and then final short of doing so in the manner they so wanted.

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