Coughlan on . . .
"Sam didn't know that (Paul) Hodgson had passed when he hit him and there was no intent to drive him into the ground -- he let him go. The ref dealt with it at the time; if it's a yellow card, it's a yellow card, so with a citing you're essentially saying the ref was wrong."
Munster this season
"I genuinely think we're playing better rugby than we have been in years and we're very close to clicking. You could say we're nearly playing too much rugby, but it's a question of getting the timing and the balance right -- and we will."
Extra bite in forwards
"It's a big emphasis this season -- there's a lot more contact in training. We have games of 15 against 15 where you basically kick the s**t out of each other and then it's only natural that you bring that into matches."
"It is essential that they buy into the cause and Munster have generally done well that way. But sometimes you look at Irish rugby and you think how a province could get two home-grown, talented young fellahs for the same money they're paying for an overseas guy who might be always injured or at the end of his career."
"With Munster, when you lose it's suddenly a crisis and rumours start flying about, and when you win, the praise goes over the top, so you just ignore it."
"There were English clubs interested, Leeds, London Irish and Harlequins, and I was definitely tempted, but you've got to consider all the facts, including age (Coughlan is 30 in December) and playing environment and when I sat down and talked with Munster and assessed it myself, it just made sense to stay."