Defending champions Saracens showed their class with a 20-point second half salvo, including tries from Mako Vunipola and Chris Wyles, to knock Munster out of the Champions Cup at the semi-final stage.
After four successive defeats in European Cup semi-finals, and a Challenge Cup semi-final reversal at Thomond Park, the time feels right for Munster to return to the final stage after a gap of nine years. Reigning champions Saracens can expect a red-hot welcome at a packed out Aviva Stadium.
Exemplifying the never-say-die attitude with teams from the province, Peter Malone's Munster 'A' side erased an 18-point deficit to secure their first British & Irish Cup title since 2012. Their 29-28 final win over Jersey Reds will live long in the memory of those who attended Irish Independent Park tonight.
Munster 'A' are aiming to lift the British & Irish Cup for the first time since 2012 when they host Jersey Reds, the fifth-placed finishers in the English Championship, at Irish Independent Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.30pm).
In a huge week for the province, the extended Munster squad gathered in UL today as preparations stepped up for next weekend's action, including the British & Irish Cup final against Jersey Reds on Friday night in Irish Independent Park and the Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
GUINNESS PRO12 derby games will grab the headlines over the Easter weekend as Munster look to stay on course for a home semi-final and Ulster, who have not beaten their provincial rivals in three years, need to win to stay in touch with the top four.
The fifth 'Big Weekend' will be packed with action and tribal rivalries as the GUINNESS PRO12 enters the final laps of the season. Derby games will grab the headlines in Ireland and Wales, with interprovincial bragging rights on the line at Thomond Park and the Sportsground.
A sell-out crowd of 8,008 will watch Munster's final Cork game of the season as the Champions Cup semi-finalists host familiar foes Glasgow Warriors in what is sure to be a fiercely-contested GUINNESS PRO12 clash.
What a weekend of Champions Cup quarter-final action - four full houses, a 62% increase in aggregate attendance from 2016 and four home wins, including Leinster and Munster's successes in Dublin and Limerick.
In reviewing the bumps and bruises from Munster's Champions Cup quarter-final victory over Toulouse, CJ Stander requires further assessment for an ankle sprain, while captain Peter O'Mahony and Dave Kilcoyne (both dead legs) and Keith Earls (back) are all expected to be introduced to full training this week.
For the first time since 2012, Munster 'A' are through to the British & Irish Cup final with a thoroughly convincing and astute performance against Ealing Trailfinders at CIT this evening, Peter Malone's charges winning out 25-9.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus welcomes back five Ireland internationals - Donnacha Ryan, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo - for Saturday's much-anticipated Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.45pm).