25th November 2013 By Munster Rugby
Three Munster players featured for Ireland on Sunday with a number of players returning to full training this week and numerous development and academy players involved with their clubs at the weekend.
Munster’s Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray were outstanding in Ireland’s narrow defeat to New Zealand with Murray scoring the game’s first try in the fifth minute.
It’s good news on the injury front with Keith Earls (knee), Ian Keatley (hip/groin) and Luke O’Dea (hamstring) returning to full training this week.
Apart from the usual bumps and bruises the only enforced substitution in the 31-10 win against Cardiff Blues on Saturday night involved Dave Foley who came off with a tight hamstring.
Barry and Ronan O’Mahony travelled as reserves to Cardiff for the clash against the Blues but didn’t feature in the matchday squad.
There was further positive news when Ian Nagle (foot) and Gerry Hurley (finger) both played 80 minutes for Cork Con but couldn’t prevent their side slipping to a 26-13 defeat to Clontarf at Temple Hill.
Elsewhere in Division 1A of the All-Ireland League, Munster academy scrum half Brian Haugh scored 13 points in Young Munster’s 18-7 win over Dolphin. Development prop Alan Cotter was also in the Young Munster side with development players Cian Bohane and Niall Scannell and academy players Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam, Darren O’Shea and Ryan Murphy featuring for Dolphin.
Munster academy winger Alex Wootton and academy flanker Shane Buckley played for Garryowen as they were beaten 18-6 away to Ballynahinch.
In Division 1B, Munster development hooker Duncan Casey and academy players Greg O’Shea and Gearoid Lyons started for Shannon as they were beaten 25-17 by Terenure College with Lyons kicking seven points for his side.
Academy players Jack O’Donoghue and David Johnston played for U.L. Bohs as they went down to a narrow 13-10 defeat to Galway Corinthians.
In Division 2A, academy player Jack Cullen played as Bruff were beaten 57-14 by Old Wesley.