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WATCH: Fans Out In Force At Open Training Session

12th April 2017 By The Editor

Selfie Saili style!

Selfie Saili style! ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Those lucky enough to secure tickets made their way to Irish Independent Park in Cork today to see Munster prepare for Ulster in round 20 of the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday.

Those lucky enough to secure tickets made their way to Irish Independent Park in Cork today to see Munster prepare for Ulster in round 20 of the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday.

As part of #MunsterFamilyWeek this Easter break, those who got their hands on limited free tickets queued from early in the day, enjoying the Bank of Ireland Family Funzone as they entered via the Dolphin gate before making their way towards the pitch and cheering on the entire squad.

Getting an exclusive behind the scenes look at how the squad prepare in competitive weeks such as this, the 2,000 strong crowd got to see the full session as the players went through their warm up, conditioning, rugby drills and post session cool down.

Once completed, the carnival atmosphere went up another octave as players met with fans who lined up three to four deep along the West Stand, North Terrace and South Terrace.  Autographs and selfies were the order of the day and players spent just shy of two hours meeting fans – young and old – thanking them for their incredible support this season.

Also, as is fast becoming tradition at the Easter Open Training Session, MRSC Junior members joined players in an Egg and Spoon race with this year’s honours going to local favourite Cian Bohane and his Junior teammates Oisin Amos and Isaac Mullins who perhaps one day will be stars of the red jersey.

See video highlights and pictures below…

Competition

As part of #MunsterFamilyWeek, you also have the chance to win a family pass to Munster v Ulster daily. Click here to enter.

Munster v Ulster, Guinness PRO12 round 20, Saturday April 15 at Thomond Park, ko 3pm.

Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, or by calling 061 421103.

2,000 fans line the pitch to watch Munster train at Irish Independent Park.

2,000 fans line the pitch to watch Munster train at Irish Independent Park.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Tommy O’Donnell makes a break in training.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Mark Chisholm plays scrum half.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

With rugby completed, players meet with fans for autographs, selfies and some rugby banter!
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

All part of the fun, players joined MRSC Junior members in an Egg and Spoon race, Jack O'Donogue setting the early pace.

All part of the fun, players joined MRSC Junior members in an Egg and Spoon race, Jack O’Donogue setting the early pace.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Francis Saili also put his Egg and Spoon skills to the test.

Francis Saili also put his Egg and Spoon skills to the test.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

But the honours went to Cian Bohane and his MRSC Junior members Oisin Amos and Isaac Mullins.

But the honours went to Cian Bohane and his MRSC Junior members Oisin Amos and Isaac Mullins.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Smiles all round from Andrew Conway.

Smiles all round from Andrew Conway.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ian Keatley returns to full training this week.

Ian Keatley returns to full training this week.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

The squad huddle in front of the East Terrace.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Darren Sweetnam.

Darren Sweetnam.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Ian Keatley.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Selfie Saili style!

Selfie Saili style!
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Rory Scannell meets with fans.

Rory Scannell meets with fans.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Keith Earls.

Keith Earls.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Simon Zebo.

Simon Zebo.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Niall Scannell.

Niall Scannell.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

John Ryan and Alex Wootton.

John Ryan and Alex Wootton.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Squad captain Peter O’Mahony.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

New man Jean Deysel gets to know the Munster faithful.

New man Jean Deysel gets to know the Munster faithful.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

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