European Cup Semi-final countdown: John O'Sullivan talks to a player who has worn both the red and blue about next Sunday's big game. Barry Everitt is aware of what it's like to wear the red of Munster and the blue of Leinster but there's no conflict of loyalties when it comes to Sunday's Heineken Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road. Currently rehabilitating from ankle surgery, the London Irish outhalf, who has a year to go on his current contract, is looking forward to Sunday's game. He then switched to the Lansdowne club in Dublin, subsequently joining the Leinster set-up for a year before taking up a contract with London Irish. It's a great thing for the sport and illustrates the strength in depth of rugby. This is emphasised by the fact that three of the four Irish provinces are leading the way in the Celtic League and also with what the national side achieved during the Six Nations Championship.
Munster are 'improving every single season’ insists head coach Van Graan
Sunday's Well have a new head coach in Munster Euro winner Denis Hurley
Munster head coach Johann van Graan speaks to the players during training. There were some things we could have done better. We learned a lot from the Pro14 final and then the European quarter-final. Yes, we could have done certain parts of our game better. But those things all come out in a review. Currently we are not good enough at knockout rugby at this stage. So it will be a big test for us first up away.
Munster heart rules Everitt's head
Updated Apr 5th , PM. Or, if you are Johann van Graan, a different way of looking at things is to point out that since he replaced Rassie Erasmus as head coach, Munster have recorded victories over Leinster, Saracens, Racing 92, Exeter Chiefs, Leicester, Castres and most memorably of all, Toulon and Clermont. Under Van Graan, Munster have been consistent. Four times they have made it to the Pro14 knock-out stages; four times they have lost to Leinster. But there is a problem.
Munster head-coach Johann van Graan is remaining tight-lipped on the possibility of Simon Zebo returning to the province this summer. He's being linked with a move back to Thomond Park, which would also revive the year-old's chances of playing again for Ireland. When pressed on the possibility of a Munster return, the Reds' coach insisted it wouldn't be right to talk about a player contracted elswhere.