19 May, 11:13
There are six uncapped players in the Ireland squad for the summer tour to North America that was named this morning. An Emerging Ireland squad has also been selected for the Tblisi Cup in Georgia.
In this decisive semi-final tie, it was the inspiring penalty scoring of Ronan O'Gara that propelled Munster to victory. Even after sustaining an injury 4 minutes into the second half, a cut to the knee that required sideline stitching, O'Gara played on and scored 3 penalties and 1 conversion to boost Munster's score line. Overall scoring 6 penalties in this game, O'Gara clocked up 20 points of Munster overall 25.
A late try scored by John Kelly added the final touches to Munster annihilation of Castres. Munster did concede a late try to the French, with Sean Longstaff scoring in the 45th minute of the second half. (Just under 6 minute extra time was played in the second half.)
Today's 'tres magnifice' performance ensures that the showdown in the Millennium Stadium will be one of dynamic proportions. Those interested should mark the date in their diary. May 25 2002. Munster's date with destiny...