Tuesday saw the first joint session of Cork and Limerick based players under Head Coach Anthony Foley take place at CIT. A team meeting was held in the morning in which Foley introduced some of the new additions to his backroom staff including the returning Mick O'Driscoll and Jerry Flannery. Backs and forwards then spent the rest of Tuesday morning rotating between some light handling and skills sessions on the field, and upper body strength in the gym. While in the afternoon, the glaring summer sun made shuttle runs a sweaty and energy zapping affair as the squad commenced cardiovascular training for the coming year.
Pre-season continued in the players respective centres yesterday and today, ahead of another joint session at UL on Friday. Strength, speed, agility, flexibility and fat loss are just some of the areas to be covered under the guidance of the Munster Strength and Conditioning staff.
On the injury front there was positive news for Cathal Sheridan (forearm), Mike Sherry (knee) and Stephen Archer (neck) as they all commenced pre-season training on Monday.
Dave O'Callaghan (pictured on right) is also progressing well following on from his knee surgery in February and he returns running this week.
While Barry O'Mahony, who underwent knee surgery at the end of last season, joins Peter O'Mahony and Duncan Casey (both shoulder) as they follow their tailored rehabilitation programmes.
Having represented Leinster A last season, new signing Martin Kelly (prop) began training this week, as did UL Bohemian hooker Kevin O'Byrne who began a Training contract with the province this week.
In our latest video Munster Rugby's Head of Fitness, Adam Trypas, takes us though a typical full day of pre-season. You can view the video by clicking here.
Munster's first home game under Anthony Foley is a pre-season friendly against London Irish at the Waterford RSC on Friday August 29th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.
Keith Earls works hard during weighted push-ups.
Cathal Sheridan also works on upper body strength.
Sweaty and in need of a water break!
Back in the fold - Mick O'Driscoll and Jerry Flannery chat with Anthony Foley
Cardio time as the lads run lengths of the rugby pitch.
New Scrum Coach Jerry Flannery oversees some skills and drills.