Squad Update & AIL Involvement
3rd October 2016 By Munster Rugby
Get the latest on the injury front as the squad prepare for their first interprovincial of the season and look back at another weekend of strong senior and academy squad involvement in the AIL.
Pitch sessions in advance of Munster’s Aviva Stadium showdown with Leinster will commence tomorrow with a number of internationals absent from training today as they attended a one-day Ireland camp at Carton House.
Positively Peter O’Mahony has made a successful return to action, showing no ill effects from over 20 minutes of game time in the win over Zebre.
Colm O’Shea and Andrew Conway (both concussion) will complete their return to play protocols this week while Rory Scannell and Jack O’Donoghue (both neck) will return to full training.
Meanwhile, Jean Kleyn is meeting a specialist today in further assessing the ankle injury he sustained against Edinburgh in round 4 of the Guinness PRO12. Dave O’Callaghan who injured his shoulder in the same encounter has met with a specialist and is now back rehabbing with the Munster medical team. He will be sidelined for the next number of weeks.
Continuing to rehab – Kevin O'Byrne (elbow), Sammy Arnold (knee), Mark Chisholm (concussion), Sean McCarthy (knee), Francis Saili (shoulder), Mike Sherry (back) and Dave Foley (elbow).
Munster face Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in round 6 of the Guinness PRO12 this Saturday at 2.05pm. Rassie Erasmus will name his matchday 23 at midday on Friday. Tickets can be purchased online here.
In the AIL a number of senior and academy players lined out for their respective clubs at the weekend.
In Division 1A the academy’s Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash and Gavin Coombes all helped Young Munster to a dramatic victory over Clontarf, the Cookies landing a last minute penalty to win 20-18 at Tom Clifford Park.
A number of academy players went toe-to-toe at Dooradoyle where Garryowen played out a 16-13 victory over Cork Constitution. JP Phelan, Sean O’Connor and Steven McMahon all featured for the sky blues, while Rory Burke, Liam O’Connor, Vincent O’Brien and Ned Hodson all travelled with Con.
In Division 1B, John Madigan and academy prop Brian Scott helped Dolphin to their first win of the season, defeating Galwegians 27-18 at Irish Independent Park. Fellow Cork side UCC also tasted their first success of the season with Peter McCabe helping the college men to an 18-17 win against undefeated Ballymena.
Academy back row John Foley travelled with Shannon to Ballynahinch where they suffered an 18-12 defeat, a result that sees them prop up the 1B table after three rounds.
Academy players Bill Johnston (Garryowen), Ben Kilkenny (Young Munster) Stephen Fitzgerald (Shannon), Greg O’Shea (Shannon), Shane Daly (Cork Con) and Fineen Wycherley (Young Munster) were unavailable for selection due to injury, however O’Shea, Daly and Wycherley are expected to return to action next weekend.
Fitzgerald underwent surgery for an ankle injury today and will remain sidelined for the next month or two.
Next Home Game:
Munster welcome Glasgow Warriors to Thomond Park for their first home game of the 2016/17 European Champions Cup on Saturday October 22nd at 1pm.
Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park or by calling 061 421103.