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The Castres and Munster packs battle it out during the Heineken Champions Cup match at Stade Pierre Fabre. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Castres 13 Munster 12 The Munster veterans who dogged out dramatic wins on the European stage over the years must have cringed as they watched the cu(...)

Munster  head  coach Johann van Graan says he expects a “big battle” against Castres this weekend. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Munster coach Johann van Graan is still searching for his side to produce the perfect 80-minute performance, but he thinks they are on the right track(...)

Munster’s Conor Murray against Castres at Thomond Park. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Conor Murray says he will not change the way he plays the game despite his recent layoff due to a neck injury. Murray has only made three appearances(...)

Pool 1 after the draw for next year’s Heineken Cup in  Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

So much for the elevated status of Leinster as this year’s European champions and one of the protected top seeds for next season’s Heineken Cup. Coa(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo scores a try against Castres at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster and Munster cannot meet before the final after yesterday’s results contrived to leave them in opposite halves of the knock-out stages in the (...)

Peter O’Mahony: “We’ve got to go and win at the weekend and it’s going to be massively difficult because they’re  such a good side.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There’s never been a European Champions Cup pool finale quite like it, not even in the competition’s Heineken Cup guise. All told, 50 matches have be(...)

 Munster’s Rassie Erasmus has an encyclopedic knowledge of Top 14 sides simply because  future role as South Africa’s coach  demands it. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Hearing Rassie Erasmus extol the might of Castres you are reminded he was once a Springbok flanker. The quotes could read like an intimidated coach en(...)

Robbie Henshaw scores his second try for Leinster in Friday’s European Champions Cup match at the Stade Pierre Antoine despite the efforts of Steve Mafi of Castres. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

After his stunning performance in Castres on Friday, scoring his first two tries for Leinster and making 107 metres with 17 carries, Robbie Henshaw be(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery runs in his and Leinster’s second try in their Pro12 clash with Treviso at the RDS. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Nothing short of victory will be acceptable but the colour of Leinster’s expected dominance changed shades at noon on Friday. Castres perspective at (...)

Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to Vern Cotter’s Scotland squad ahead of next month’s RBS 6 Nations kick-off in Paris. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Castres number eight Johnnie Beattie has been added to Vern Cotter’s Scotland squad ahead of next month’s RBS Six Nations kick-off in Paris.The 29-yea(...)

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