Munster's British & Irish Cup Coach Ian Costello
Munster's British & Irish Cup Coach Ian Costello
Costello Facing Busy Week
10 October 2012, 11:43 pm
By The Editor
In his dual role as British & Irish Cup Coach and Skills Coach to the Senior squad, Ian Costello won't be doing too many household chores for the next two weeks.
He will be in Cork today as the entire squad assemble for the first session of the week and then tomorrow he will take charge of the British & Irish squad in Limerick (UL) to prepare for the opening game of this year's British & Irish Cup away to Plymouth Albion.

"We've seen a couple of games they've played." Costello says "They've had an excellent start to the season. Their best start in recent years. They've won four of their first five games in the Championship and currently they're third."

"From what footage we've seen of them they're a very big strong physical side. Very direct but capable of moving the ball as well."

Outside of themselves, there may not have been much expectation of Munster in last year's competition but wins away in Belfast and Dublin left them with a Musgrave Park final and a chance that they took with some aplomb to claim the title. So now there's a big target on their back as defending champions.

But it's a target Costello is happy to carry. "It's a competition that for a few years we've been striving to win. And to win it last year and especially at home gave us a huge boost." he says.

"I suppose what it does is, it creates a bit of excitement around the start of the competition this season. There's certain pressure that comes with being champions You've got to set certain standards."

" And look," he continues," that's a challenge the lads will embrace. They'll set themselves high standard. They'll ask a lot of each other."

"And our focus, first and foremost will be to get a win this Saturday. We follow up with a home game in Tralee the following week which is pretty exciting as well."

"So we're just looking at these block of first two games."

Plymouth have the advantage of playing week in, week out but that doesn't really bother Costello.

"This year there's an added interprovincial competition that I think gives us much better quality matches thoroughout the season rather than the friendlies we had before this."

"We played Ulster and we played Connacht in two of those interpro games. Our most recent one was the game against Connacht, a game we lost and we were very disappointed with the result."

"But looking at the side we put out that day, it was very much a development side. Not taking away from Connacht, they were excellent on the day, but that selection probably won't resemble the side that will play this Saturday in the B & I Cup."

"We're confident going into this weekend that we'll be as organised and prepared as we need to be."

British and Irish Cup Round 1: Plymouth Albion v Munster A, Brickfields, Saturday 13th October, ko 3pm

Club location and directions can be found here. Tickets are available from £14 here.

Match Day Information from Plymouth Albion for Supporters:

Hospitality - 3 course Meal in the Kier Marquee for only £25.00 (excluding ticket) which starts at 12.30pm. Starter, main course, carvery lunch and cheese and biscuits. Anyone interested please contact louise@plymouthalbion.com.

Food for sale at the match in the Rowes Honda Supporters Marquee - Curry £4.00, Stew £4.00, Beef and Pork Baps £4.00 and there will be a special promotion on Guinness on Saturday for only £3 per pint.

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