Munster hope to make experience count in clash of styles with Racing | Paul Rees

The Irish are in their 13th European Cup semi-final while the French are in only their second, so the stage is set for another memorable night in Bordeaux

Munster’s long European love affair started 18 years ago at the Stade Chaban-Delmas and it is to Bordeaux they return on Sunday for another semi-final against a French club.

When they faced Toulouse in 2000 it was their first semi-final in the European Cup but they are now playing in a record 13th. Standing in their way are Racing 92, whose only previous appearance at this stage came in 2016, the year they lost to Saracens in the final.

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