2nd October 2017 By The Editor
With the first Interprovincial of the season just days away, Munster regrouped in the High Performance Centre in UL this morning with all sights set on Leinster at the Aviva Stadium this Saturday – ko 2pm.
On the medical front, Jaco Taute, who sustained a knee injury on Saturday, underwent a scan yesterday and will meet with the specialist today for further investigation.
Positively, Jean Kleyn is progressing well following a knock to his neck in the Glasgow encounter. The South African lock will continue to be monitored by the medical team this week which will also be the case for academy lock Sean O’Connor – another neck casualty at Scotstoun.
Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus, who today attended the European Champions Cup launch in Dublin alongside captain Peter O’Mahony, confirmed that Keith Earls could be in the mix for this weekend’s round 6 derby game against Leinster – the winger has yet to feature this season.
Similarly, Jack O’Donoghue is available after completing his return to play protocols.
James Cronin is not quite there yet after the knee niggle he sustained against Ospreys.
Continuing to rehab: Gerbrandt Grobler (ankle), Conor Oliver (shoulder), Dan Goggin (knee), Ronan O’Mahony (fibula), Dave O’Callaghan (knee) and Darren O’Shea (shoulder).
Erasmus will name his side to face Leinster at midday on Friday.
Please note that the previously advertised Munster A v Leinster A interpro due to take place in Thomond Park on Wednesday has been cancelled.
It was overall a successful weekend for Munster clubs in AIL action with a number of Munster senior and academy representative seeing valuable game time.
Garryowen were the biggest winners of the weekend with a 51-17 victory over Clontarf in Dooradoyle. Four senior representatives started for the Limerick side – Mike Sherry, brothers David and Bill Johnston and Sam Arnold – with the academy’s Liam Coombes crossing for a brace.
Calvin Nash started for Young Munster while his academy colleague Gavin Coombes made a try-scoring impact of the bench as the Cookies left Dubarry Park with a fine 32-24 win over Buccaneers.
In Temple Hill, Kevin O’Byrne was included in the Cork Con side that defeated UCD 18-5.
In Division 1B, Shannon are now table-toppers after their 34-17 win over Old Wesley in Donnybrook. Stephen Fitzgerald, Duncan Casey and the academy half-back pairing of Conor Fitzgerald and Jack Stafford all started. Casey was among the try scorers as was Conor Fitzgerald who scored a total of 14 points for Shannon.
Brian Scott started for Dolphin as they went down 16-33 to Ballynahinch at Irish Independent Park while James Hart kicked four penalties and four conversions in helping UL Bohs to a 36-13 win over Ballymena on the 4G pitch in UL.
Munster v Racing 92 Tickets
Europe comes to town when Munster play their first home game of the Champions Cup against Racing 92 on Saturday October 21 at 5.30pm.
- Adults €20
- Juniors €10
- Students €10
Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103
Executive Box and Thomond Suite packages are now sold out for this game
1978 Suite packages remain is available and include:
- East Stand match tickets
- One course meal
- Match programme
- Complimentary drinks
- Preview of the game with Munster Rugby player
For more information and bookings contact Anthony Morrissey on 087 6202530 or click here for a contact form.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 1, 2017