Squad Update | Munster Prepare For Champions Cup Action
11th November 2019 By The Editor
The Munster squad returned to training at the High Performance Centre on Monday after Saturday night’s Guinness PRO14 win against Ulster.
The squad are preparing for two big weekends of Champions Cup rugby as the province kick off the European campaign away to Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday at 5.30pm.
The following Saturday (November 23), Munster take on Racing 92 at Thomond Park with a 5.30pm kick-off. Buy tickets here.
On the injury front, Dave Kilcoyne sustained a calf injury in training last week and will undergo rehabilitation with the medical department. Head Coach Johann van Graan confirmed that he will be out of action for the coming weeks.
JJ Hanrahan was removed from the weekend’s game with a suspected hamstring injury and underwent a scan on Monday evening to determine the extent of the injury. The scan showed no serious damage with Hanrahan to be monitored by the medical team as the week progresses.
Chris Cloete failed a HIA during the Ulster clash and will undergo the graded return to play protocols under the supervision of the medical department. Cloete will miss the weekend’s clash against Ospreys.
Alex Wootton and Craig Casey have returned to team training.
Continuing to rehab: Rhys Marshall (knee), Darren Sweetnam (hamstring), Joey Carbery (ankle), Ciaran Parker (calf).
Munster Players In All Ireland League Action
18 Munster players were in All Ireland League action at the weekend with five senior men and 13 Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players in club action.
There were nine Munster players in action for the Limerick derby between Young Munster and Garryowen at Tom Clifford Park on Friday night.
Senior man Seán O’Connor captained Garryowen to a 19-13 victory with fellow senior man Neil Cronin and Academy players Ben Healy, Diarmuid Barron, Jack Daly and Jack Stafford also lining out for the Sky Blues.
Healy kicked 14 points to guide Garryowen to the win.
Senior player Gavin Coombes and Academy men Alan Tynan and Josh Wycherley featured for Young Munster.
Senior players Liam O’Connor and Brian Scott were in action for Cork Constitution along with the Academy’s Jonathan Wren, Seán French and Alex McHenry.
Con earned a 25-22 win over Dublin University with French kicking a penalty.
Academy trio John Hodnett, Jack O’Sullivan and James French were in action for UCC with Hodnett a try-scorer in their 22-14 loss to Terenure College.
Academy player Eoghan Clarke helped Shannon to a 26-14 victory over City of Armagh.
Champions Cup & Guinness PRO14 Tickets
Saturday, November 23
Champions Cup: Munster v Racing 92, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here
Friday, November 29
Guinness PRO14: Munster v Edinburgh, Irish Independent Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here
Saturday, December 7
Champions Cup: Munster v Saracens, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here
Sunday, January 19
Champions Cup: Munster v Ospreys, Thomond Park, 1pm; Buy tickets here