4 Dec, 17:04
Munster's preparations continued today for the must-win Heineken Cup game at Thomond Park against Perpignan on Sunday (ko 12:45pm).
Neither James Coughlan (neck) nor Darragh Hurley (achilles) will be involved in this weekend's game but should both be back when the League resumes later this month.
Between the RWC and injury Munster are without sixteen players, twelve of those full internationals, yet a win on Saturday will leave them on top of the table ahead of their short
Though obviously disappointed with the outcome on Friday, Tony McGahan retains perspective."I think we're in a stable position at this point in time. We're four on one, we're second in the table. It's evidence that the competition is so close at this juncture with all clubs missing a number of players through injury or World Cup selection. So everyone's taking points off each other, it hasn't been kept to a closed shop every side's winning. Ospreys are top of the table and deservedly so. But it's a very evenly contested competition."
Explaining the 10 changes for Edinburgh game he said. "We've a squad of players here who've been training extremely hard over a long period of time. We had three trial games then six RaboDirect PRO12 League games, that's a nine game block to get through. So we needed to make sure there was a lot of competition in the squad first off and that's certainly been there.
"At the same time," he continued, " we needed to make sure we were fresh and still running finishing off the six game block rather than fading over the same period of time. So in terms of last weekend it was an opportunity for some players and also a chance to rest others and in turn have things right for what is a very important clash on Saturday night."