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Guinness PRO14 Round 3 |We take a look back at the weekend's action from Ireland with both the men and women's teams recording wins against Italy in Dublin. Read about young Academy hooker Scott Buckley, and today's opposition Cardiff Blues. Keep up to date with everything that's going on around the province and catch up on Munster's recent 7s Interprovincial involvement.

v CARDIFF BLUES | MON 26 TH OCT 2020 | THOMOND PARK | 8.15PM

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READY

TO Rise

Again

A thousand voices.

A thousand places.

One club.

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

and great credit is due to all involved. Hopefully,

all of this hard work and effort will stand to us in

the weeks and months ahead.

On the good news front, at a Branch meeting

last week it was announced that the Munster

Schools Senior Cup is to be renamed in honour

of our former CEO Garrett Fitzgerald. This was

welcomed by all involved and a fitting tribute

to a man who gave so much to Munster. To his

wife Áine and all the family I hope it shows that

while sadly Garrett is no longer with us, he is far

from being forgotten.

On behalf of everyone in Munster I would like

to welcome Cardiff Blues head coach John

Mulvihill and his team to Thomomd Park for

tonight’s Round 3 game in the Guinness PRO14.

Tonight’s game sees yet another first in this

extraordinary year – it is the first ever Monday

night PRO14 game and what a game it promises

to be. Both Munster and Cardiff have won their

first two games with Cardiff getting maximum

points last weekend and sitting on 9 points, just

one point clear of Munster heading into this

round.

Tonight’s winner will top Conference B and

though it is early days both teams will no doubt

want that top spot.

Again tonight night we will be shouting on

Johann and his team from our living rooms. We

might not be in Thomond Park, but I am certain

all the Munster family will be there in spirit.

Our thanks once again to our main sponsor

Bank of Ireland, our kit supplier adidas and all

of our sponsors for their continued support.

Every day is a day closer to when we will meet

again. Stay positive, stay strong and stay safe.

To the brave and faithful nothing is impossible.

Sean McCullough

President Munster Branch IRFU

On the domestic front, unfortunately all games

are suspended with limited training taking

place in accordance with the guidelines. The

amount of work going on behind the scenes

is incredible, every day brings new challenges

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EVERY FIXTURE

EVERY TRY

EVERY TACKLE

WHY IT

MATTERS

KELLY BROWN | GLASGOW WARRIORS

“I had a script I’d written; I’d planned it all out, I stood

in front of 100 or so kids, and I completely froze. I just

couldn’t say a word. The sound of silence was defeaning.”

ALL IN

ONE APP

I’ve become a patron of Stamma, the

British Stammering Association. I’ve been

asked for the last couple of years if I’d

become a patron, and I feel it’s important

to raise awareness around the issue. It’s

something I’ve managed my whole life

and it’s something that I feel like needs

to be talked about more. A lot of people

don’t really understand stammering

and perceive it as nerves or a weakness

– I want to raise awareness and make it

easier for stammerers in the future.

My first memory of stammering was a

school assembly when I was about 11 or

so. I’d been on a school ski trip the week

before, and I was asked if I would stand

up in assembly and speak about it. I had

a script I’d written; I’d planned it all out,

I stood up in front of 100 or so kids, and

I completely froze. I just couldn’t say a

word. The sound of silence was deafening.

My dad also stammers, so neither of us

were very sure about the best course

of action – I had a bit of therapy off and

on, but it never really bothered me to be

honest. I was fortunate enough that I was

never bullied because of my stammer,

probably because I was quite a big lad!

A big turning point for me, though, was

the 2010 Six Nations. I’d been picked to

start for Scotland in the first game against

France, and the BBC had asked to do

an interview with me. I did it, and it was

absolutely dreadful. It was so bad I went to

the Scotland media manager and asked to

make sure the interview never got shown.

That was a real catalyst for me.

Part of the reason I enrolled in 2010 was

that I didn’t want my stammer to hold

me back. I felt like I could be a captain,

and I could do x,y and z, so that’s why

I decided to do something about it.

I worked incredibly hard on it, and I

continue to do so. I work on my speech

every day and challenge myself, because

I know that when I do that I’m in control

of my stammer instead of my stammer

controlling me.

The rugby family has been brilliant.

Stammering has never been an issue for

me throughout my life in rugby, apart from

one time. I was waiting to call the coin

toss with Nigel Owens when I captained

Scotland against France in 2013, and

[France captain] Thierry Dusautoir flipped

the coin. I started trying to say ‘heads’ but

had a block, and the coin bounced – I think

it’s the only time in Six Nations history

they’ve had to do the coin toss twice! I

said the same the second time, and guess

what? It was tails…

It felt like the right time to become a

patron for Stamma. I felt like I owe it to

myself and to everyone that has ever

helped me and been supportive of me to

speak out about it, because it’s something

I’m hugely passionate about. Whilst I’ve

been fortunate enough to never have been

bullied because of my stammer, there are a

lot of people who do. A lot of stammerers

hide away because of the adverse reaction

they receive from other people. It’s

twofold, really – it’s about trying to raise

awareness so other people understand

what’s going on, as well as encouraging

those who have a stammer to accept and

embrace that as a part of themselves.

You should never let it hold you back,

because only you are responsible for your

own destiny.

- Kelly Brown

I enrolled in the McGuire Programme,

and that was massive. Their big thing is

assertive self-acceptance, which is a key

message to get across. Stammering is a

part of who you are, so to accept that is

huge. Acceptance, and understanding of

others is also important – you shouldn’t

think less of others because they stammer,

or look down at them. Learning to accept

both yourself and those around you is key.

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MUNSTER v CARDIFF BLUES

ROUND 3 PREVIEW

Munster and Cardiff Blues meet tonight for the

very first Monday Night Rugby game of the

championship.

Munster will be keen to build on wins over

Scarlets and Edinburgh, with the boot of Ben

Healy instrumental in helping Munster to claim

two from two in the opening rounds.

while visitors Cardiff Blues haven’t won away to

an Irish province since September 2017.

But Blues impressively saw off Connacht last

time out after beating Zebre in Round 1 and will

be desperate to seal their first win at Thomond

Park in all tournaments, having lost on all eight

previous visits.

Munster have only lost twice in their last eight

Guinness PRO14 encounters - both to Leinster -

CONFERENCE B TABLE

The Referee tonight is Andrea Piardi from Italy,

with Frank Murphy and Eoghan Cross on the

touchlines.

POS TEAM PL W D L BP PTS

1 Cardiff Blues 2 2 0 0 1 9

2 Connacht 3 2 0 1 1 9

3 Munster 2 2 0 0 0 8

4 Scarlets 3 1 0 2 1 5

5 Edinburgh 3 0 0 3 2 2

6 Benetton 3 0 0 3 1 1

HEAD TO HEAD 20 13 0

Munster wins

Cardiff Blues wins

Draws

MATCH FACTS

• There have been 23 previous Monday

fixtures in the history of the Guinness

PRO14 but all were played over the

Christmas and New Year period.

Munster’s solitary defeat at Thomond Park

since St. Stephen's Day 2017 was against

Leinster in December 2019.

Cardiff Blues have won their last three

Guinness PRO14 matches since their 12-32

defeat to Scarlets in Llanelli on 22 August.

• The Blues most recent victory on a visit

to an Irish province was when they beat

Connacht 17-15 in Galway in September

2017.

Munster have won their last two matches

against the Blues since the Welshmen’s 37-

13 victory at the Arms Park in September

2018.

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NEWSROUND

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Louise Galvin

Conway on his way to scoring against

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Munster’s Andrew Conway was awarded

the Try of the Year at the Irish Rugby Players

awards last week for his outstanding

effort away to the Ospreys in the Heineken

Champions Cup last season. The winning try

was started off by a superb Jeremy Loughman

pass to release Chris Farrell who popped it for

Conway to scorch clear.

Retiring Irish 7s player Louise Galvin from

Kerry claimed the Irish Women’s 7s Player of

the Year. The former inter-county player and

basketball international won 30 7s caps over

the last five years, played in 96 World Series

games, scored 22 tries, and has played in both

the Women’s 7s and 15s World Cups.

The Zurich Contribution to Irish Society award,

was presented to Billy Holland in recognition

of his fundraising efforts in support of Crumlin

Children’s Hospital, Cork University Hospital

and Ronald McDonald House, in memory of

his late daughter Emmeline.

Last week the Munster squad completed 2837

press-ups in the High Performance Centre

Rhys Marshall

in Limerick to help UL Bohemian RFC reach

their target of 40,000 press-ups in support of

Epilepsy Ireland.

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INSIDE TRACK

Fineen Wycherley returned from Irish camp

early last week to re-join the Munster squad

as they prepared for tonight’s game…

On training with the Irish team…

“I really enjoyed it. It was a great couple

of days. I learned a lot. I went up on the

Wednesday night and I trained with them

Thursday, Friday and Saturday before heading

home Saturday evening. Andy Farrell is a

really great coach. I learned a lot from him

just chatting to him over the few days. It’s

great to hear another coach’s voice too, it’s

something different. Obviously working with

different people you learn different things. He

is very involved, and he doesn’t step back as

a head coach. He is involved in every meeting

– forward and backs, attack and defence. He

always has a few points to make which is

great. I really got a feel for what it was like up

there. You can see why everyone works so

hard during the year to get to that place. So

I’ve come back and for the next few weeks I

want to try to put in some performances as a

team and individually to get back into that Irish

squad, of course.”

On playing Cardiff Blues tonight…

“They are an excellent side. They are much

improved from last year. They were top

of the conference going into this round.

Defensively they are exceptional. They’ve only

conceded one try this season so far. So I think

breakdown wise we are going to be tested

there, which is great. They have a nice balance

between the forwards and the backs. To be

honest, they have a very rounded game so we

will be looking at a very tough match at the

weekend.”

On playing in Thomond Park without the

supporters…

“It’s obviously hugely disappointing and we

understand how privileged we are here to

be able to work away and play the games

during lockdown. All we can do is try to put

on a performance for those fans at home who

cannot be there in Thomond Park with us. We

have to make do with the cardboard cut outs

for now but we are hoping to see them back

in Thomond Park with us in the near future, as

long as it’s all safe.”

On this international window being so

important for younger players to make an

impression…

“Every opportunity you get to be on the bench

or be involved on the team or be in the starting

squad, you have to put in a performance for

yourself and for the team, and put the team

forward. From a personal point of view, I just

want to come back and do my best for the

team and get a win on Monday night.”

On his role in the squad…

“I’ve moved around over the last couple of

years. I broke through in the team playing at

6, I am starting to learn line out calling a lot

more at training and be the second line out

caller behind Billy and Tadhg. If one of them

goes down I am next in line. My role in the

team varies between 4, 5 and 6 but I haven’t

played 6 in awhile. At the moment I’ve mainly

been playing at 4, in that tighthead lock

position and that’s where I’m needed for the

team. Versatility is never a bad thing. If I can

slot in at 6 I don’t think it’s a negative, it’s a

bonus. Every chance I get to play on the team,

whether it’s at 4, 5 or 6, I really don’t mind, it is

just another string to the bow.”

"All we can do is try to put on

a performance for those fans at

home who cannot be there in

Thomond Park with us".

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GETTING TO KNOW…

SCOTT

BUCKLEY

Hooker Scott Buckley joined the Greencore

Munster Rugby Academy in the summer of

2020 having completed a year in the sub-

Academy.

throughout the summer of 2019 with the sub-

Academy and then I was unfortunate to get a

bad in jury in the Celtic Cup – a bad hamstring

injury that put me out for the rest of last year.”

D.O.B: 13/06/2000

Height: 180cm

Weight: 104kg

Position: Hooker

A product of Kinsale RFC and CBC, Scott

captained CBC to the Clayton Hotels

Munster Schools Senior Cup in 2019 and has

represented Ireland at U18 and U19 level.

He enjoyed a strong campaign with Munster

A in the Celtic Cup in 2019/20 making six

appearances and captaining the side away to

Dragons in August 2019.

A hamstring injury limited Buckley’s

involvement for the remainder of the campaign

but he was a try-scorer for Munster A on his

return to action in last month’s 22-19 victory

over Connacht A in Galway.

On his rugby pathway…

“I started playing rugby in Kinsale RFC when

I was 5 or 6. I played there until I was about

13/14 and then I moved to Christian Brothers

College. I was lucky enough to win the Senior

Cup there in 6th Year.”

On spending last season in the sub-

Academy…

“I got to play in the Celtic Cup and that was

a brilliant experience for me. I trained all

On recovering from long-term injury…

“I had a great team behind me and they really

helped me - Lorcan Kavanagh (physio) and

Danielle Cunningham (S&C). The coaches

would bring me in for any rugby meetings and

try to do skills here and there where I could. It

was really good. I also benefited from hearing

the experiences of other guys who had been

through injuries and who I was rehabbing with

– it was a really good experience even to get to

know guys as well.”

On pre-season training…

“It was great to get back into it. Obviously, I

had been away from rugby for quite a while

so starting back in Thomond was really good.

There was only 8 of us training so it was a lot

of skills work and ball work which was great

– it was what I needed to get back into it. I felt

it was really beneficial. I’m just really looking

forward to getting into games. We are at the

HPC now and integrating with the senior squad

which has been brilliant. I’m really looking

forward to learning from a lot of the senior

guys. I want to just soak up as much as I can

from them and push on then.”

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STEPHEN ARCHER

Prop

29.01.88

H: 1.88m

W: 120.91kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

Hooker

06.08.99

H:1.83m

W: 98kg

Hons: Ire U20

DIARMUID BARRON

TADHG BEIRNE

Lock / Back Row

08.01.92

H: 1.98 m

W: 113.18 kg

Hons: Ire (14 caps)

Flanker

15.02.91

H: 1.76 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: ~

CHRIS CLOETE

Back Row

11.12.1997

H: 1.98m

W: 110kg

Hons: Ire U20

GAVIN COOMBES

JAMES CRONIN

Prop

23.11.90

H: 1.80 m

W: 113 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

JOEY CARBERY

Fly Half

01.11.95

H: 1.83 m

W: 85kg

Hons: Ire (22 caps)

Scrum Half

19.04.99

H: 1.65 m

W: 75kg

Hons: Ire U20

CRAIG CASEY

ANDREW CONWAY

Full Back / Wing

11.07.91

H: 1.80 m

W: 89 kg

Hons: Ire (22 caps)

LIAM COOMBES

Full Back / Wing

01.05.97

H: 1.91m

W: 89 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Scrum Half

08.12.92

H: 1.73 m

W: 83 kg

Hons: Ire Clubs

NEIL CRONIN

Wing / Centre

19.12.96

H: 1.91 m

W: 91 kg

Hons: Ire U20

SHANE DALY

Lock / Back Row

03.08.85

H: 1.91 m

W: 111 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

BILLY HOLLAND

DAVE KILCOYNE

Prop

14.12.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 112 kg

Hons: Ire (39 caps)

JEAN KLEYN

Lock

26.08.93

H: 2.03 m

W: 125 kg

Hons: Ire (5 caps)

Prop

06.04.99

H: 1.85m

W: 115kg

Hons: ~

KEYNAN KNOX

Prop

22.07.95

H: 1.85 m

W: 120 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JEREMY LOUGHMAN

Hooker

12.10.92

H: 1.84 m

W: 108 kg

Hons: NZ U20

RHYS MARSHALL

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE

Centre

25/11/1991

H: 1.91 m

W: 105 kg

Hons: SA (47 caps)

KEITH EARLS

Universal Back

02.10.87

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire (84 caps)

CHRIS FARRELL

Centre

16.03.93

H: 1.93 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire (9 caps)

Full Back

26.10.96

H:1.85m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Eng U20

MATT GALLAGHER

Centre

10.12.94

H: 1.85 m

W: 100 kg

Hons: Ire U20

DAN GOGGIN

Full Back

28.06.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 93 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

MIKE HALEY

Hooker

16.04.91

H: 1.80 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire U19

KEVIN O’BYRNE

Prop

13.07.95

H: 1.78 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire U20

LIAM O’CONNOR

TOMMY O’DONNELL

Back Row

21.05.87

H: 1.85 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire (12 caps)

JACK O’DONOGHUE

Back Row

08.02.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

PETER O’MAHONY

Back Row

17.09.89

H: 1.91 m

W: 106 kg

Hons: Ire (68 caps)

Back Row

01.10.98

H: 1.88m

W: 100kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK O’SULLIVAN

JJ HANRAHAN

Fly Half / Centre

27.07.92

H: 1.83 m

W: 93 kg

Hons: Emerging Ireland

Scrum Half

25.03.95

H: 1.8m

W: 84 kg

Hons: Ire U20

NICK MCCARTHY

Centre

07.10.97

H: 1.88m

W: 95kg

Hons: Ire U20

ALEX MCHENRY

CONOR MURRAY

Scrum Half

20.04.89

H: 1.88 m

W: 94 kg

Hons: Ire (82 caps)

Wing

08.08.97

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire U20

CALVIN NASH

RORY SCANNELL

Centre

22.12.93

H: 1.80 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

JOHN RYAN

Prop

02.08.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 117 kg

Hons: Ire (21 caps)

Prop

28.10.97

H:1.83m

W: 123.18kg

Hons: USA U20

ROMAN SALANOA

NIALL SCANNELL

Hooker

08.04.92

H: 1.85 m

W: 109 kg

Hons: Ire (20 caps)

RG SNYMAN

Lock

29.01.95

H: 2.06 m

W: 116 kg

Hons: SA (23 caps)

CJ STANDER

Back Row

05.04.90

H: 1.85 m

W: 114 kg

Hons: Ire (42 caps)

Lock

11.12.97

H:1.93 m

W: 111.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20

FINEEN WYCHERLEY

Wing

05.05.93

H: 1.85 m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

DARREN SWEETNAM

FORWARDS

Munster Rugby Squad - 2020/21 Season

BACKS

Munster Rugby Squad - 2020/21 Season

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MUNSTER RUGBY

STARTING XV

CARDIFF BLUES

STARTING XV

James Cronin Kevin O’Byrne Stephen Archer

Fineen

Billy Holland (C)

Wycherley

Corey

Domachowski

Kristian Dacey

Dmitri Arhip

Ben Murphy

Rory Thornton

Jack

O'Donoghue

John Hodnett

Gavin Coombes

Craig Casey

Ben Healy

James Ratti

James Botham

Olly Robinson

Lloyd

Williams (C)

Jarrod Evans

Darren

Sweetnam

Rory Scannell

Dan Goggin

Calvin Nash

Mike Haley

Hallam Amos

Willis Halaholo

Rey Lee-Lo

Aled

Summerhill

Matthew

Morgan

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MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR)

AR1: Frank Murphy (IRFU)

AR2: Eoghan Cross (IRFU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Replacements

16. Rhys Marshall 17. Josh Wycherley 18. Roman Salanoa 19. Jean Kleyn

20. Chris Cloete 21. Nick McCarthy 22. JJ Hanrahan 23. Damian de Allende

Replacements

16. Ethan Lewis 17. Brad Thyer 18. Scott Andrews 19. Sam Moore

20. Alun Lawrence 21. Lewis Jones 22. Jason Tovey 23. Garyn Smith

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THE LOWDOWN

and Rhys Carré from Saracens, both of whom

were recently announced as part of the Wales’

squad for the upcoming tests.

John Mulvihill

The Form Guide

The Coaching Ticket

Australian John Mulvihill joined the side

ahead of the 2018/19 season from Honda

Heat in Japan. Beginning his coaching career

at Navan RFC, the former Queensland and

Australian U21 went onto coach at Western

Force, working with Matt Giteau, David Pocock

and Drew Mitchell amongst others. His backs

coach is former international scrum-half Richie

Rees, with former Wales Sevens assistant

coach Richard Hodges the defence coach.

Former elite performance manager at Ospreys,

Tom Smith, is the forwards coach.

Cardiff Blues have enjoyed a very positive

start to their season, winning 16-6 on the road

to Zebre in their opening round and having

a convincing 29-7 victory over Connacht at

Rodney Parade in Round 2.

Josh Adams scored Cardiff’s only try in Parma,

with Jarrod Evans contributing a conversion

and two penalties to their tally and Jason

Tovey kicking the final score of the game.

Hallam Amos picked up a brace of tries with

Kristian Dacey crossing for a late effort against

Connacht in Round 2. Again, Evans was on

target with a conversion and a penalty with

Tovey converting Dacey’s try.

It been a bright start for the Welshmen, who

finished a disappointing 6th in the conference

last season with just 7 wins from 15 games.

Scintillating centre Ray Lee-Lo was last month

selected as part of the 2019/20 Guinness

PRO14 Dream Team and has played in the two

opening rounds.

Additions to the squad ahead of the new

season include Cory Hill from the Dragons

ONE TO WATCH

Shane Lewis-Hughes

One to Watch

Shane Lewis-Hughes topped the stats coming

into this round for the most tackles made in

the tournament so far with 43, closely followed

by his team-mate James Botham with 37.

Filling the No. 6 jersey for both of their opening

games, 23-year-old Lewis-Hughes can also

play second row. The former Welsh U20 has

made 36 appearances for Cardiff Blues.

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT

NEWS

Photo: Irish Rugby

Referee Joy Neville in action

IRFU COUNCIL PUBLISH

RESOURCE BOOKLET

#MunsterStartsHere

Since their formation in 2017, the IRFU Youth

Council have focused on dropout and retention

in youth rugby with a view to identifying reasons

and finding solutions to address the issue.

CCRO INDUCTION DAY

Munster Rugby recently held induction days for

this season’s Club & Community Rugby Officers

(CCROs).

NEW REFEREE COURSE

A series of peer-to-peer consultations were

conducted with young people in rugby

across the four provinces, culminating in the

publication of the Club Resource Booklet.

In her foreword to the booklet, Meadhbh Lewis,

Chairperson IRFU Youth Council said:

Sixteen CCROs will be working with clubs and

schools across the province over the next eight

months, adhering to government guidelines,

and introducing rugby into the school through

PE classes and helping to link the schools with

their local clubs.

The search for new referees is underway across the

province and the next course for new members of

the Munster Association of Referees has been set for

Saturday, October 31.

The course will be held online and you can register by

emailing chris.harrington@irfu.ie.

Rugby referees have the best seat in the house, and

if keeping fit (referees run six miles in an 80 minute

match), travelling, taking part in a lively social scene

or getting an adrenaline rush is your idea of a great

pastime, rugby refereeing could be for you.

As well as the obvious benefits, a referee’s constant

study of the game enriches the enjoyment of this

lifetime sport.

If you’re interested in taking the next steps and want

to join the referee pathway, please register your

interest with Munster Referee Development Manager

Chris Harrington.

New Referees Course

Date | Saturday 31 October

Register | Email: chris.harrington@irfu.ie

“We want this booklet to show clubs how

important it is to reach out to their young

members and connect with them. Our longterm

focus is to train club CWO’s to deliver

these consultations with their players to allow

for a constant improvement of the experience

delivered to players. Clubs who do so, will

empower our sport to evolve with the changing

needs of our society and our young people.

“The Youth Council have been trained based

on guidelines from the Department of Children

and Youth Affairs and are always contactable

for clubs who would like more guidance

on consulting with their youth players –

youthcouncil@irfu.ie.”

Due to the numbers involved, two induction

days were held - at Thomond Park and Irish

Independent Park - to adhere to Government

guidelines.

Munster Rugby Participation Programme Coordinator

Ray Gadsden said: “Their role is

to go into national and secondary schools

and introduce rugby as part of their Physical

Education timetable.

“They introduce a lot of running, moving and

passing games. They touch on physical literacy.

Their main role is to give them a positive

experience and a love of the game.

“The role is vitally important – they are the first

link between the schools and the clubs.”

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Andrew Conway and Paolo Garbisi

Ireland's Enya Breen

is tackled by Michela

Sillari of Italy

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SEVEN TRIES FOR IRELAND

Ireland’s hopes of winning the 2020 6 Nations

championship were kept alive after a 50-

17 bonus point win over Italy on Saturday

in Dublin, scoring 7 tries in a convincing

performance.

Munster were represented by Tadhg Beirne, CJ

Stander, Conor Murray, Andrew Conway and

Peter O’Mahony, who all played their part, with

key roles to play at crucial times in the game.

CJ Stander scored Ireland’s first try after 8

mins and also topped the stats with 21 carries

and 6 defenders beaten over the course of the

game.

Conor Murray set up Hugo Keenan’s 35th

minute try with a superb kick ahead to out the

ball in Keenan’s path and also offloaded to

Sexton for his 64th minute effort.

Tadhg Beirne made the most tackles with 17

in a determined defensive effort, with Andrew

Conway a constant sniping threat on the wing.

Peter O’Mahony came off the bench at 66

mins and three mins later set up Aki’s try with

a sumptuous pass to the centre who scored

Ireland’s sixth try.

Ireland’s tries came from Stander, Keenan (2),

Will Connors, Sexton, Bundee Aki and Dave

Heffernan. Captain Sexton scored 18 points,

with a try, five conversions and a penalty.

Next weekend, Ireland travel to Paris to play

France in their final game of the championship.

STRONG PERFORMANCE

FROM IRELAND WOMEN

Ireland proved too strong for visitors Italy

in Dublin on Saturday night, running out

21-7 winners in Round 4 of the Women’s Six

Nations Championship.

There were four Munster players in action,

with Laura Sheehan, Enya Breen and captain

Ciara Griffin, all from UL Bohemian RFC,

alongside Dorothy Wall (Blackrock College)

who won her first start having come off the

bench in all three of the competitions earlier

rounds.

Ireland led 14-7 at half time thanks to first half

tries from Lindsey Peat and Claire Molloy,

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which Hannah Tyrell converted. A penalty try

pushed Ireland further ahead with ten minutes

to go.

Next weekend, the France Women’s team are

to travel to Dublin to complete the final fixture

of the 2020 Women’s Six Nations, after it

emerged that isolation requirements for elite

athletes returning to Ireland had put the game

in doubt. In an act of rugby solidarity, France

have given up home advantage to ensure the

game is played.

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CRAIG CASEY

Date of Birth: 19/04/1999

Height: 1.65m

Weight: 76kg

Position: Scrum Half

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It’s been a big couple of weeks for Limerick scrum-half Craig Casey, who picked up the Guinness

PRO14 Player of the Match award in his last outing in Thomond Park against Edinburgh, and was

called up to train with the Irish squad for the first time along with Fineen Wycherley.

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MUNSTER COMPETE

IN IRFU 7S SERIES

Jack O'Sulivan offloads against Connacht

in the IRFU 7s tournament.

The IRFU High Performance Centre hosted the

first of three IRFU 7s tournaments on Saturday

17 October last, with the Ireland’s Men’s Sevens

taking on alongside Munster, Connacht

and Ulster.

S7S

(24-12).

The Munster 7s secured one win in the opening

Round of the series, with Greig Oliver’s charges

secured a 40-14 victory over Connacht in their

final game of the day having been defeated by

the Ireland Men’s 7s side (33-7) and Ulster

There were a number of eye-catching individual

contributions as players seized the chance

to boost game-time and sharpen their match

intensity.

Calvin Nash

The Munster 7s squad includes senior players

Liam Coombes, Matt Gallagher, Calvin Nash,

Alex McHenry and Jack O’Sullivan. Academy

players Scott Buckley, Eoghan Clarke, Jack

Crowley, Jack Daly, Jake Flannery, Seán French

and Jonathan Wren complete the 12-man

squad. McHenry and Daly are both former

Ireland Sevens internationals.

Anthony Eddy’s senior Ireland 7s team are using

the series to step-up their preparations for the

2021 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Rounds 2 and 3 of the IRFU 7s

tournament are scheduled to

take place at the IRFU High

Performance Centre on

Saturday, October

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November 7.

Jack Crowley

MUNSTER 7S

Eoghan Clarke, Scott Buckley, Jack Daly, Jack Crowley, Jake Flannery, Jonathan Wren,

Sean French, Jack O’Sullivan, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes, Calvin Nash, Matt Gallagher.

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