9 Dec, 19:48
Munster are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated Cardiff Blues utility forward Robin Copeland.
It does deny Tony McGahan the opportunity to have a planned mini camp away as he explains, " Both the games falling as they were provided the opportunity as a group to go away together and spend some time as a group.
"We had a great finish to the second block of games with regard to the A team, with their wonderful away win in the quarter final of the British & Irish Cup and then the senior squad with that win over Northampton.
"So everyone went away in fine spirits for a week off and we came back had a great week training and everyone was looking forward to the preparation. So it's really disappointing from that point of view. But look, it is what it is and we'll get on with it.
Now instead of RaboDirect PRO12 action, McGahan will look to the All Ireland League to give his players much needed game time. " We have a really good relationship with our club coaches and their willingness to put players back in the club system has certainly been a really strong aspect of Munster over a long period of time, particularly so now that the players coming through are from the club system. And yes we'll look for the opportunity this weekend to put some more players back there to play."
One of those who is expected to see AIL action this weekend is Felix Jones who will get game time with Shannon against Young Munster on Friday night.
Games in hand can be the bane of a coaches life but chasing points or position isn't something McGahan will concern himself with. "If you miss out on a game it's not really a question of chasing the table. At the end of it you'll get all your games (played) so whether you have a four week block starting this week or a four week block starting next week it'll be pretty much the same. Again as long as we look after our own capabilities of what we're about we should be fine."