Rassie Erasmus

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 Peter O’Mahony in action for the Lions against New Zealand. “I didn’t play as well as I would have hoped in the first Test, but it was a huge honour. I wanted to play in the last two but I wouldn’t be bitter. I enjoyed the tour.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Since he was a kid Peter O’Mahony has captained every team he’s ever played for, from the Cork Con Under-12s all the way through to the Lions, which w(...)

Perhaps not surprisingly, the schedule could not have been hand-picked more favourably for the hosts, who along with Ireland and Scotland, are in Pool A.Photograph: Reuters

The planning already started with last June’s two Tests in Japan but the 2019 World Cup in the same country came more sharply into focus with Thursday(...)

  Rassie Erasmus: Munster have not lost two games in a row since he took charge at the beginning of last season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rassie Erasmus expects Friday evening’s clash with the Dragons to be his final game in charge of Munster. New coach Johann van Graan is expected to (...)

Ian Keatley starts in the 10 jersey on Saturday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made three changes from the side that drew in Castres last weekend, for the visit of Racing 92 to Thomond(...)

 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(...)

Leinster’s Devin Toner and Peter O’Mahony of Munster compete for the ball during their Pro14 clash at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Leinster’s satisfaction in winning a contest of this ilk will be tempered slightly by glitches in performance. Dominating territorially and in the pos(...)

Leinster’s Joey Carbery scores a try against the Southern Kings in front of a few hundred people in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Wilkisky/Inpho

The optics looked appalling and maintained a rather ignominious start to the expanded Guinness Pro14 and the brave new dawn heralded by the arrival of(...)

 Ian Keatley steps in for Tyler Bleyendaal in the only change from the opening win against Benetton. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster v Cheetahs, Thomond Park, Saturday, 5.15pm (TG4) The neutrals can only hope Cheetahs will improve from last week’s 42 point sacking by U(...)

Rassie Erasmus: “There’s nothing else I currently have to do in South Africa at this stage so it’s not like I’ve got my head split in two places.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster coach Rassie Erasmus said he does not believe his impending departure will have any impact on players or performances prior to his departure o(...)

 Iain Henderson (Ulster), Dean Budd (Bennetton Treviso), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Isa Nacewa (Leinster), CJ Velleman (Southern Kings), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh) and Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons) at the launch of the Guinness PRO14 season at the Aviva. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

From a Pro14 press release: “It promises to be a sensational season . . . ” Guinness and Sky Sports certainly hope so. The good folk behind Europe’s (...)

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