When the Summer internationals wrap up, the all-absorbing FIFA World Cup comes to a close and you’re left anticipating the return of the regular rugby season, you begin to dream of what could be. Could this be the season we go that bit further? Is there something different about us this time around? As Munster … More The Season Of Expectation
There are few men out there who know more about French rugby than Philippe Saint-André. As former captain and head coach of Les Bleus, the fifty year old has seen it all and his wealth of knowledge was just one factor that made this interview so enjoyable. Saint-André took the head coach role of the … More Munster Haka Interviews Philippe Saint-André | ‘We Are Eight Years Behind’
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
Earlier today our very own Ronan Calvert caught up with New Zealand star Julian Savea as he hopes to recover from a knee injury and prepare for the Barbarian’s meeting with Tonga at Thomond Park this weekend. Just off the back of a pulsating encounter against his homeland New Zealand, ‘the bus’ was in focused … More Munster Haka Interviews Julian Savea | ‘It Was Just A Special Privilege And Honour To Pull On The Baabaas Jersey Against The Brothers’
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?
‘Player Profile’ is the name that we’ve stuck to player analysis pieces that feature up and coming youngsters playing for Munster Unfortunately, with the exception of Jack O’Donoghue, our player profiles over on Facebook proved the kiss of death to every single player that featured, with Brian Haugh, Luke O’Dea, Darren Moroney and Paddy Butler among those to be released from the Munster … More PLAYER PROFILE: Alan Tynan
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?