THIS NEW YEARS Day Tommy O’Donnell and Chris Cloete will pack down at either side of the Munster scrum. Both usually identify as openside flankers but what they offer to this team is vastly different. Both equally valuable in their own way. And Munster management have acknowledged that fact. Against Ulster, O’Donnell will start as … More OPINION: Tommy O’Donnell’s Future Lies At Blindside Flanker
Pace, power, perseverance Three matches in and we’ve already learned a lot about Johann Van Graan’s vision for this Munster team. The 37 year old’s arrival has brought an injection of energy, as you would come to expect, but an array of changes to the team’s style too. It is early days and all early … More Van Graan Has Munster Playing To Their Strengths Again
European Rugby takes no prisoners. Win neither of your opening two games and you may as well start packing it in. It’s the nature of the competition. Munster travelled to the south of France last Sunday lunchtime looking to bounce back from defeat to rivals Leinster only to produce a lethargic, error-ridden performance that many … More RACING AGAINST TIME: Win Or Bust As Munster Look To Get Back On Track
Just three games into the new season and we’ve already seen Munster’s assured, clinical best mixed with some slightly muddier moments. Top of the table with 14 points, you would think Munster supporters really shouldn’t have much to moan about. Well, it doesn’t quite turn out that way. You see, you don’t just take these … More Could Munster Be Facing A Dilemma At Outhalf?
AS I STRUTTED my way to the Thomond turnstiles last January, Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ fittingly boomed from the heart of the fortress. The men in red had been stopped just once in their previous ten games, were just off the back of two derby wins and ready to steamroll the visiting Racing 92 … More Don’t Stop Me Now: Munster 2017/2018 Season Preview
So team Rassie & Jac have taken up a job offer of a lifetime and that’s no good thing for Munster. It is entirely understandable why two proud South African men would want to leave Munster to take up respective roles with their national team. What is disappointing is the way that this situation has … More The Popular Vote: Rob Penney To Continue His Project?
Last week I wrote of how Francis Saili should get the nod over Jaco Taute for the Pro12 final because of his attacking qualities. Despite concerns about the New Zealander’s defence, I felt that regardless of selection, this electric Scarlets side would score tries and therefore scoring tries of our own had to be prioritised. However, … More Where It All Breaks Down: Farewell Francis, Munster Rucking And Is It Time For Tommy To Pass The Baton?
A HOME PRO 12 semi-final defeat of the Ospreys was largely expected. Munster have been exceptional this season and coming into the weekend no side had ever lost a semi on their own turf. That said, beating the Welsh region was never a straightforward task and Rassie Erasmus’ men broke down their opponents admirably, emphatically underlining their … More Analysis: Sterner Test Awaits As Scarlets Size Up Munster
One would think that being a hard-nosed, mature beyond your years, Cork Con outhalf is a recipe for success at Munster. Unfortunately for 22 year old Tomas Quinlan, his talent has never truly caught the eye of the Munster selectors, as he was released by the academy last Summer. Quinlan first made a name for himself at the 2015 Junior … More Let’s Talk About Tomás Quinlan
Sometimes the better team wins. Simple as. When you’re simply outclassed in a match, there isn’t a whole lot you can say. Luckily for Munster, there’s a greater picture than just Sarries – there’s a future and more imminently, there’s a Pro12 title waiting to be contended for. Most importantly, many of the players involved … More THE LEARNING CURVE: Munster Fall To Saracens’ Supremacy