Munster winger Keith Earls has been suspended for two weeks following an independent disciplinary hearing in London today, arising from the Champions Cup round 2 match between the province and Glasgow Warriors.
With the Champions Cup parked until December, the focus of the provinces switches back to the GUINNESS PRO12 this week. Ulster and Munster are planning for Friday night's interprovincial clash in Belfast, and both squads have a number of injury concerns.
Munster opened their Champions Cup campaign with an inspirational performance and result, hammering Glasgow Warriors 38-17 on a day when they paid further tributes to their late head coach Anthony Foley. Check out our match photo gallery.
Just a day after their head coach Anthony Foley was laid to rest, Munster return to Axel's beloved Thomond Park to belatedly begin their Champions Cup campaign against early Pool 1 pacesetters Glasgow.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made one change to the team originally named to face Racing 92 for Saturday's European Champions Cup encounter with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park (kick-off 1pm).
European Champions Cup organisers, EPCR, have officially confirmed that the Munster v Glasgow Warriors round 2 match will be played as scheduled at Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 1pm). The decision was made after close consultation with the Munster management.
Despite an excellent start from Munster 'A', visitors London Welsh ultimately made their greater experience and physicality tell in defeating Peter Malone's charges 30-15 in today's British & Irish Cup first round clash at Midleton RFC.
Racing 92 assistant coach Ronan O'Gara finds himself in the unique position of plotting the downfall of his beloved Munster, a team with whom he won two European Cup titles and became the tournament's record points scorer.
A strong Munster 'A' team has been named for Saturday's British and Irish Cup Pool 2 opener against London Welsh at Midleton RFC (kick-off 2.30pm). Head coach Peter Malone has included the likes of captain Cian Bohane, Tomas O'Leary and Andrew Conway alongside a wealth of emerging provincial talent.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made just one change to the starting line-up for Sunday's European Champions Cup opener away to Racing 92 at Stade Yves-du-Manoir (kick-off 4.15pm local time/3.15pm Irish time).
Munster prop James Cronin, accompanied by team manager Niall O'Donovan, appeared before an independent Celtic Rugby disciplinary committee in Glasgow today, having been cited for alleged foul play in last Saturday's game against Leinster.
Munster Rugby have confirmed that Keith Wood and Killian Hurley will join the province's Non-Executive Commercial Board which provides strategic guidance, advice and support to the existing Branch Committee structures and management.
There is a huge amount of interest and intrigue surrounding Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 derby between Leinster and Munster, as both provinces look to lay down a marker ahead of the Champions Cup kick-off.