Munster 'A' suffered a 38-17 loss to Doncaster Knights in this afternoon's British & Irish Cup quarter-final, as a physical and controlled performance from the hosts saw them run in five tries at Castle Park.
For only the second time in 17 years Munster will not feature in the quarter-finals of Europe's premier cup competition, but they will be aiming to restore some pride in front of their home fans in round 6.
Munster Rugby and the IRFU have confirmed a number of player contract extensions, and that former Munster and Ireland scrum half Tomás O'Leary will rejoin the province at the start of the 2015/16 season.
Following a physical and bruising encounter with Saracens, yesterday was a recovery day for the Munster players, with the squad to resume preparations for next Sunday's round 6 game against Sale Sharks at their respective centres in Cork and Limerick today.
It is win or bust for two-time European champions Munster as they look to return to winning ways against Pool 1 rivals Saracens and stay in the hunt for a place in the European Champions Cup knockout stages.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his team for Saturday's European Champions Cup showdown with Saracens at Allianz Park (kick-off 1pm). He has made eight changes to the side that started against Zebre last weekend.
The Munster squad gathered in Limerick today for their first squad session of the week and there was a timely break from the snow showers as the players hit the UL pitch for their opening pitch session ahead of Saturday's European Champions Cup round 5 clash with Saracens.
Italy has been a happy hunting ground for Munster, with wins on three of their last four visits, and they will be determined to get back to winning ways in the GUINNESS PRO12 against bottom side Zebre.
Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Zebre in round 13 of the GUINNESS PRO12 in Parma on Saturday (kick-off 4pm local time/3pm Irish time). The returning Keith Earls and James Cronin will be on bench duty.
As the redevelopment of Irish Independent Park draws closer to completion, do not miss your chance to experience the upgraded facility for the first time as the Cork venue plays host to Ireland Wolfhounds v England Saxons on Friday, January 30 (kick-off 7.45pm).