23 Apr 14
This weekend the 16th Man takes to the seas and skies as the Red Army #InvadeMarseille for the Heineken Cup semi-final. Here's your guide to what's going on and how to get around Marseille.
He will not be a total stranger to the coaching staff nor some of the players having met up with them a fortnight ago. "Yeh, I was fortunate enough to go to Edinburgh and meet a few of the boys there before their game. Unfortunately they didn't get the result but they were very welcoming to me, made me feel comfortable and now I'm looking forward to getting to know them all a bit better and see how we all go," he said shortly after arriving from London at Cork International Airport.
"Obviously I'm pretty excited to be over here." he continued. "It's a very prestigious club and when I was presented with the opportunity to come over I took it with both hands."
"Most footy players dream of playing with a club like Munster, pulling on that red jersey and it's something I'm looking forward to."
"To actually be over here now and getting in and mingling and meeting all the boys is something I'm very excited about."
Nor is he totally unaware of what he's facing into. "Ah I did a bit of research and spoke to a few people and they made me aware it's one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. How the whole place is set up. How crazy the fans are!"
"Oh I know they love their footy over here, I know the fans get right behind them and I know it's something I'm looking forward to."