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Guinness PRO14 Round 6 | We hear from Head Coach Johann van Graan as he looks ahead to today's game. Read all about Fethard's rising star Dorothy Wall as she talks about her journey to the International stage. We check in with young Academy lock Paddy Kelly, take a look back at Ireland's win on Friday night, and catch up on rugby around the province.

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

game are working extremely hard to keep

everyone informed and engaged as much as

possible. All we can do for the moment is wait

for some positive news which hopefully will be

sometime in the near future. Clubs, players,

coaches, RDO’s, supporters and all concerned

certainly look forward to the day when rugby is

back in full swing and we get back to some sort

of normality.

Today we welcome Toby Booth and his

Ospreys team to Thomond Park for Round 6 of

the Guinness PRO14.

Ospreys come to Thomond Park after a tough

start in Conference A with two wins from five

- not the start they wanted and they no doubt

will be putting everything into today’s game.

Munster on the other hand have 4 from 4 and

will be looking to extend their lead at the top of

Conference B.

Unfortunately, last weekend’s game was

postponed and will be played in the New Year.

With no game last weekend, Munster will be

looking forward to getting on the pitch again

today and hopefully continuing their good run

of form. Again it is a game we will be watching

from home, but our hearts will be in Thomond

Park. We can only look forward to that day

when we will be shouting on Munster from the

terraces and stands once again.

On the domestic front there is little to report,

as things are as they were, with limited training

taking place in accordance with the guidelines.

Clubs, staff, and all involved in our domestic

The Munster Rugby Awards were held virtually

last week and congratulations to all the worthy

winners.

Sadly, we lost another member of the Munster

family this week with the sad and untimely

passing of John O’Neill. Johnno was everything

Munster - from a player, to his position as a

Regional Development Officer. He was a man

who contributed so much to Munster Rugby.

Our deepest sympathies to his wife Trish,

daughter Cathy and all the O’Neill family at this

sad and difficult time.

Thanks once again to all our sponsors for their

continued support, and especially our main

sponsor Bank of Ireland, and our kit supplier

adidas.

At a meeting lately Cathal Sheridan mentioned

a very apt Seamus Heaney quote: “If we winter

this one out, we can summer anywhere.”

Looking forward to those long hot summer

days.

To the brave and the faithful, nothing is

impossible.

Sean McCullough

President Munster Branch IRFU

President: Sean McCullough | Vice President: Ger McNamara | Junior Vice President: Michael Carroll

Hon. Secretary: Muiris Mahon| Hon. Treasurer: Tom Kinirons

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Ian Flanagan | Head Coach: Johann van Graan | Team Manager: Niall O’Donovan

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WHY IT

MATTERS

LLOYD ASHLEY | OSPREYS

“The most important action we can take when we recognise that

someone is feeling down or struggling is to create a safe space to talk.”

Think about this. One in four people

suffer from mental illness. That’s not a

bad day or a rough patch, that’s a real

condition that needs to be treated and

requires backing from friends, family and

specialist support.

Although many of them will not

suffer from an illness, almost everyone

experiences challenges with their mental

health at some point. So what if you knew

not only how to look after yourself, but

how to recognise the signs when someone

you care about is struggling or having a

hard time? Those are some pretty good

life skills that can make a difference and

prevent someone from having some

serious struggles.

Promoting good mental health is

important to me. I’m the Mental Health

and Wellbeing Lead for the Welsh Rugby

Players Association where we’ve started

a Resilience for Rugby programme. I’ve

also started my own business Living Well

with Lloyd Ashley that you can find on

Instagram at @LivingWellwithLloydAshley.

It launched in March and, well, with the

pandemic its purpose became even more

meaningful.

Uncertainty has the potential to

be a killer when it comes to individuals

mental health and eight months ago none

of us knew what was coming or what to

expect. The unknown creates anxiety for

everyone. As rugby players, we suddenly

had our routines taken away. Our safe

space of the training ground that we rely

on for social interaction and friendship

also removed from our day-to-day lives.

Clearly, everyone else was dealing with

their own situations – people were worried

about getting sick, their jobs and possibly

losing loved ones.

Speaking from a rugby perspective,

early new year up to March can bring quite

a lot of anxiety when guys are looking

to renew contracts, especially when you

hear about other players being signed up

to the club. Often, stories appear in the

media about players’ futures that are not

true or are based on rumours. It’s safe to

say that Covid-19 made that even worse,

and players were left to worry what they

would do when their contracts expired in

just three months’ time.

These are some very obvious serious

concerns around the pandemic, but you

can’t dismiss the small things either. As

rugby players we are used to having

breakfast with 50 or 60 people each day

and overnight it changed into just myself

and my wife or I could be on my own.

That’s a small part of the day, but a major

change in daily interactions and support

networks for any individual.

One of the keys to coping from a

mental health perspective was keeping

everyone in contact and getting the right

information out. I have to give so much

credit to the WRPA, the Ospreys and the

Welsh Rugby Union for looking after us.

My wife was pregnant with twins and there

were many others with partners who were

expecting. They gave us great information

throughout lockdown and when we

returned to training so we could make the

right decisions for our families.

Technology helped us a lot, too. I

don’t think there is anyone who didn’t

do a Zoom quiz at some point! Fair play

to Tim Jones at the WRPA for creating a

sense of community among the players.

At Ospreys, our S&C coach Simon Church

would put on extra sessions via Zoom,

which also created another sense of

togetherness. But when you’re not around

each other it’s hard to know how people

are feeling away from the screens.

When you see someone in the flesh

you can read body language, mood and

humour – that’s difficult to do over a video

call or in a WhatsApp message.

I was inspired to get my introduction

to counselling qualifications from the

experiences I had with former team-mates.

Guys would be retiring and they’d say how

much they were looking forward to it -

when you knew they weren’t. Or injuries

would be occurring that could affect

players careers but instead of speaking

they’d brush it off. As a friend you knew

that these guys weren’t expressing how

they really felt. You could tell it was a

mask, but at the time I didn’t understand

how to support breaking this barrier down.

We all know the clichés around rugby

and the macho image that is portrayed.

We are trained to be impervious on the

pitch and that expectation subconsciously

transfers off the pitch, too. ‘Be bulletproof,

don’t show weakness’. Thankfully, that

image is changing and now the most

important action we can take when we

recognise that someone is feeling down or

struggling is to create a safe space to talk.

We need to move on from the ‘It’s

okay to not be okay’ conversation to proactively

creating environments and spaces

where we can express ourselves or share

the weight of anything that’s troubling us.

In rugby, we’re learning to put the person

before the player and I believe that should

be a learning for any profession.

Our sport exposes us to the learning

of so many core values around team

work and supporting each other, it’s vital

that we ensure players leave rugby with

skillsets not only to look after themselves,

but to help support and educate others

about addressing mental health as a

positive action.

Each player leaves the professional

arena at a different stage. You might

not get out of an academy, you may

retire early, you may not become an

international player or the next superstar,

but we need to send these guys back to

their communities with the information to

ensure they can support themselves and

those around them, not just to play rugby

but to cope with the strains sport and life

can place on our mental health.

I was really impressed with Ashton

Hewitt’s message about everyone

educating themselves on how to combat

racism so they can share their learnings

with less understanding people. I read how

Kelly Brown overcame his stammering

problem to be captain of his country. Their

messages show how just learning about

an issue can make a difference. Their

experiences also show how rugby is not

just a game for all shapes and sizes, but for

all walks of life no matter what challenges

you face.

With the right knowledge we can

make life easier for ourselves and those we

care about. Don’t be afraid to talk about

your mental health and don’t be afraid to

help someone who is struggling either.

Sometimes, all it takes is a safe space, a

cup of coffee and a chat.

If we carry on this conversation, the

stigma can’t last much longer.

Be part of the solution and feel better,

follow: @LivingWellwithLloydAshley

- Lloyd Ashley

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MUNSTER v OSPREYS

ROUND 6 PREVIEW

Munster will be keen to get back out onto the

pitch this afternoon with the game against

Benetton last weekend postponed due to

Covid-19. A win today will see Munster win their

opening 5 games for the first time in 11 years.

Italian Gianluca Gnecchi from Italy referees

his fourth match in the competition today,

with George Clancy and Rob O’Sullivan on the

touchlines.

Ospreys have already picked up two impressive

wins this season, beating both Edinburgh and

Glasgow Warriors, however they have not won

away at an Irish province since overcoming

Connacht in September 2016.

CONFERENCE B TABLE

POS TEAM PL W D L BP PTS

1 Munster 4 4 0 0 1 17

2 Cardiff Blues 5 2 0 3 2 10

3 Edinburgh 5 2 0 3 2 10

4 Scarlets 5 2 0 3 2 10

5 Connacht 3 2 0 1 1 9

6 Benetton 3 0 0 3 1 1

HEAD TO HEAD 21 15 1

Munster wins

Ospreys wins

Gianluca Gnecchi

Draw

MATCH FACTS

Munster have won their last 6 home

games in all competitions since their 6-13

reversal to Leinster at Thomond Park on 28

December.

Munster have not been defeated by a Welsh

region since a visit to Scarlets in March

2019.

Ospreys only away victory in any

competition since April 2019 was on their

visit to BT Murrayfield on 3 October.

Munster have won their last 10 matches

against Ospreys in all competitions since

the Welsh region won 21-17 in Cork in

February 2016.

Ospreys two victories so far in the Guinness

PRO14 were at Edinburgh in Round 1 and at

home to Glasgow in Round 3.

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a big fan of the gym to be honest, so this is a

good time to improve a bit on my gym work.

The guys have me in a good programme

and working hard in the gym. It is good for a

change to be excited about a gym session!”

CATCHING UP WITH

On working with other players who are

rehabbing…

“We as a rehab unit need to stick together and

stay tight because we are a bit more isolated

from the team. Neilie (Cronin) has joined me

recently with another ACL. It’s never nice to

see someone else get injured as well but I have

to say it is good having some company in the

gym.”

Rugby World Cup winner RG Snyman spoke

earlier this week on how he is settling in at

Munster, navigating lockdown and his rehab of

the ACL injury sustained in August.

On getting injured on his Munster debut...

“It was a surprise and a disaster really for me

because that’s not the way I wanted to start

my career in Munster - especially only being

here a short time and with Covid happening

not really getting to know everyone. I wanted

to build the respect of the team and my teammates.

Going off after 5 or 7 minutes is not the

perfect way to do that. In saying that, everyone

has been very supportive. Everyone has made

it a little bit easier.”

On his Rugby World Cup experience…

“It’s been emotional with the ‘Chasing the Sun’

documentary airing last Sunday week – the

final episode. I’ve been going through all the

photos that we took there, calling the guys

at home and messaging on our group chats.

Everyone still has the same excitement we had

a year ago. The memories we made together.

A little bit sad we are in lockdown and we

can’t really visit each other’s homes. Myself

and Doogz (Damian de Allende) would have

loved to have had a braai – I don’t know if the

weather would allow it!”

On settling in...

“It is a bit difficult trying to get to know

everyone in lockdown especially if you can’t

go to visit people and things like that. Luckily

around here it is very friendly and very

welcoming. It is ok for me, but I think it is more

of a struggle for my wife. She is enrolled in

online studies so at least she is getting to know

people through that.”

On how his recovery is progressing…

“I think we are making a lot of progress with

it. Ray McGinley who is doing the rehab with

me is very good. I’ve actually started working

a bit harder in the gym for a change. I’m not

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THE INSIDE

TRACK

Johann van Graan spoke earlier this week

about the challenge Ospreys bring today,

seeing new faces in the squad and the areas

of the game Munster are working to improve

on.

On the postponement of the game against

Benetton last weekend...

“Obviously, we wanted to play but we

understand the world that we currently live in

and the ability to adapt is very important. We

had a good training week last week and heard

at the back end of the week that the game

would not go ahead so we trained until Friday

lunchtime and gave the guys the weekend

off. Taking the positives from it, some bodies

could recover. We are looking forward now to

the next block of games, but more importantly,

the one right in front of us.”

On what he is expecting from Ospreys

today...

“They are under a new coach – Toby (Booth) –

an experienced coach. They have some very

good players. They have also played quite

a few young players. I thought they played

pretty well at the weekend against Leinster.

They started very well, they went 7-0 up,

Leinster scored one or two good tries and the

second half was a one score game. It is always

a big game against Ospreys. They were in our

European pool last season. I’m looking forward

to the game.”

On seeing new faces getting their chance this

season…

“The fruits of the last two years are paying off.

It has been well documented that we brought

the Academy in to train with our senior team

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last year during the World Cup and they have

continued to train with us. A lot of younger

players are getting opportunities and they are

certainly using their opportunities right across

the park from 1 to 15. There have been some

very good team performances – a long way

from perfect – but we will certainly take that

start to the season.”

On areas to improve on…

as possible. Changing the team week on week

we are giving guys opportunities across the

start of the season and some guys will get

opportunities over the next few weeks. It is not

like we will select the same team week in week

out until we get closer to Europe. You take it

game by game in this tournament you make

sure you’re putting in good performances

week in week out to make sure you are in the

knockout games come June.”

“Every week we are looking for improvement.

We are looking to improve our attack across

the board. Some of our defence has been

really good but we leaked one or two tries

from set pieces against Cardiff a few games

ago. The breakdown right across the world

of rugby is a huge battle so every week it is

about adapting to the referee and adapting to

the opposition. Variety in our kicking game

and to make sure we get as much continuity

"We are looking forward

now to the next block

of games, but more

importantly, the one right

in front of us."

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Position: Lock

From: Limerick

Height: 2.01m / 6’7”

Weight: 107kg / 16st 9lbs

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PADDY

KELLY

A product of St. Munchin’s College, lock Paddy

Kelly is in his second year as a member of the

Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.

He plays his All Ireland League rugby with

Garryowen and has made nine Celtic Cup

appearances for Munster A.

He has lined out for Ireland up to U19 level

and made his first appearance of the new

season for Munster A in the 22-19 victory over

Connacht A at the Sportsground in September.

On his rugby pathway…

“I started rugby relatively late – I started

when I was 12 in St. Munchin’s in Corbally

in secondary school. I played 6 years there –

played Junior Cup for two years and Senior

Cup for two years. Sometime after the Junior

Cup I would have played Munster U17s. I

played Ireland U18s after the Senior Cup and

after that Munster U19s, so I never actually

played Munster U18s. At school I was lucky

enough to be offered a place in the Munster

sub-Academy. There were a good few players

in it that year and we all pushed each other

quite hard. It was hard work, but I was enjoying

it all the time, so I never really thought too far

ahead and enjoyed living in the moment.”

On his ambitions to be a professional player…

“I always had ambitions to play professional

sport. It was a dream of mine, but I was never

good enough at soccer. When I started playing

rugby, I still wasn’t good enough I didn’t think

so I just played away. When I got to 5th and 6th

year and started making provincial squads and

national squads, I started thinking I could have

a chance. So I worked away, and I take each

day as it comes, hoping it will all add up in the

long run and I can be a professional player

hopefully.”

On club rugby…

“I play with Garryowen at the moment. I

really like it out there. It’s a really good club.

I’ve played a couple of games with them this

season. They were enjoyable games and good

quality rugby. It’s important when you do get

your chance to play you can show them what

you can do, and you deserve to be there.”

On his hopes for the season ahead…

“Basically I want to just keep training, keep

improving and hopefully put my hand up for

selection at some stage if that’s possible.”

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MUNSTER FINISH

STRONG IN IRFU

7S SERIES

Jack Daly makes a

break against Ulster

The Munster 7s squad had a strong finish to

the third and final round of the IRFU Academy

7s at the IRFU High Performance Centre last

Saturday, as the Ireland Men’s 7s team and the

four provinces completed the new round-robin

tournament format.

The Munster 7s squad included senior players

Liam Coombes and Alex McHenry, and

Greencore Academy players Scott Buckley,

Jack Crowley, Jack Daly, Jake Flannery, Sean

French and Alex Kendellen.

Alan Flannery (Shannon), Conor Moloney

(Ennis) and Nick Greene, Cian Hurley and Mark

Donnelly (all Garryowen) were also included.

Munster defeated Ulster 21-0 in their first

game but went down 38-5 to the Ireland 7s

team in what was their only defeat of the

day. They followed up with a 17-21 win over

Connacht and finished their tournament with a

12-24 win over Leinster.

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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 (16 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)

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

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 (70 caps)

Back Row

01.10.98

H: 1.88m

W: 100kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK O’SULLIVAN

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 (43 caps)

Lock

11.12.97

H:1.93 m

W: 111.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20

FINEEN WYCHERLEY

FORWARDS

Munster Rugby Squad - 2020/21 Season

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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 (24 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

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 (85 caps)

CHRIS FARRELL

Centre

16.03.93

H: 1.93 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire (11 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

RORY SCANNELL

CALVIN NASH

CONOR MURRAY

ALEX MCHENRY

NICK MCCARTHY

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

Centre

07.10.97

H: 1.88m

W: 95kg

Hons: Ire U20

Scrum Half

20.04.89

H: 1.88 m

W: 94 kg

Hons: Ire (84 caps)

Wing

08.08.97

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Centre

22.12.93

H: 1.80 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

Wing

05.05.93

H: 1.85 m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

DARREN SWEETNAM

BACKS

Munster Rugby Squad - 2020/21 Season

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MUNSTER RUGBY

STARTING XV

James Cronin Kevin O’Byrne Stephen Archer

Jean Kleyn

Fineen

Wycherley

Jack

O'Donoghue (C)

Tommy

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Craig Casey

JJ Hanrahan

Matt Gallagher

Damian de

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OSPREYS

STARTING XV

Gareth Thomas

Ifan Phillips

Tom Botha

Adam Beard

Bradley Davies

Will Griffiths

Dan Lydiate (C)

Gareth Evans

Shaun Venter

Stephen Myler

Hanno Dirksen

Keiran Williams

Tiaan

Thomas-Wheeler

Luke Morgan

Mat Protheroe

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR)

AR1: George Clancy (IRFU)

AR2: Robert O’Sullivan (IRFU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Replacements

16. Dewi Lake 17. Rhodri Jones 18. Ma’afu Fia 19. Rhys Davies

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THE LOWDOWN

Toby Booth

The Form Guide

It's been a mixed bag of results for Ospreys

thus far, with two wins from five to date.

Defeat today in Thomond Park would see them

lose their third game in a row, so they will be

keen to get back on track this afternoon. Their

opening game saw them travel to Edinburgh

and defeat the home side 10-25. Ulster visited

Swansea in Round 2 and it was the visitors

who claimed the 12-24 win. At home to

Glasgow Warriors in Round 3, Ospreys ran out

impressive 23-15 winners. Zebre claimed a 23-

17 win in Parma in Round 4, while Leinster won

26-7 at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

New signing Stephen Myler, who joined from

London Irish, is their current top points scorer

with 35 points while full-back Mat Protheroe,

who joined from Bristol Bears, has 7 clean

breaks and lies in 2nd place in the Guinness

PRO14 in that category. The team has made

the second highest number of tackles in the

championship to date with 815.

Other squad additions include Welsh

international scrum-half Rhys Webb and

former Wales U20 lock Rhys Davies who both

joined from Bath with prop Nicky Thomas rejoining

his home region from Bristol Bears.

The Coaching Ticket

Toby Booth joined Ospreys as Head Coach

earlier this year. He spent 10 years with

London Irish before joining Bath in 2012, going

on to spend a year with Harlequins as assistant

coach before making the move to Wales.

Former Clermont Auvergne fly-half Brock

James joined Ospreys as attack coach ahead

of this season while former Ospreys back row

Richie Pugh is the defence coach. The side

have a number of former Ospreys stalwarts in

their extended coaching team including James

Hook, Richard Fussell and Duncan Jones.

ONE TO WATCH

One to Watch

Stephen Myler

A familiar face to Munster fans, 36-yearold

Stephen Myler played 330 times for

Northampton, scoring 2,655 points in a

twelve-year career before departing Franklin’s

Gardens in 2018 and joining London Irish. A

rugby league convert, he won both a European

Challenge Cup and Premiership title with

the Saints. He has made 3 appearances for

Ospreys this season, scoring 35 points.

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MUNSTER RUGBY AWARDS 2020

The winners of the 2020 Munster Rugby Awards were announced last week with 11 individuals

and clubs from across the professional and domestic game recognised for their achievements.

JUNIOR CLUB OF THE YEAR – KILFEACLE &

DISTRICT RFC

2019/20 was a particularly special season for

the Tipperary club, as they completed a unique

double by winning both the All Ireland Junior

Cup and the Munster Junior League Division 1

title.

CLUB MINI SECTION OF THE YEAR –

CLONAKILTY RFC

The West Cork club have strongly engaged in

the club and school hub programme and have

a presence in ten primary schools, through both

Munster Rugby Club Community Rugby Officers

and their own Club Development Officers. The

club has girls’ teams at U8, U10 and U12s taking

part in girls-only West Cork blitzes.

CLUB YOUTH SECTION OF THE YEAR –

KILLARNEY RFC

With all coaches fully accredited, they were

among the first clubs in the province to be

Covid-19 compliant for a safe return to rugby.

The Kerry club have successfully formed an

U14 girls’ squad for the current season and is

often represented at regional and provincial

committee level.

SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

COLLEGE, CORK

Winners for the second year in a row, CBC they

shared the spoils in reaching the final of both the

Junior Cup (v St. Munchin’s) and the Senior Cup

(v PBC) prior to the season coming to an early

end in mid-March. The school also won both

the Barry Cup (U19) and the Kidney Cup (U16),

while also making the final of the McCarthy ‘B’

Cup (U15).

SENIOR CLUB OF THE YEAR – CORK

CONSTITUTION FC

Prior to the early conclusion of the 2019/20

season, Cork Constitution held a commanding

13-point lead at the top of Division 1A of the All

Ireland League, having won all 14 of their games

up to that point. They also won the Bank of

Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup and the

Cork Charity Cup.

REFEREE OF THE YEAR – EOGHAN CROSS

Eoghan refereed his first 1A game in January 2020

and refereed his first ‘A’ Interprovincial. Since

the resumption of rugby, Eoghan refereed the

pre-season challenge game between Connacht

and Munster in Galway and has progressed to

Assistant Referee level in the Guinness PRO14.

JOHN MCCARTHY AWARD FOR GREENCORE

MUNSTER ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE YEAR –

JACK O’SULLIVAN

Having missed out on a year of rugby due to

long-term injury, Jack showed great resilience

to come back and mark his final season in the

Academy with debuts in the Guinness PRO14

and Champions Cup. The 22-year-old went on to

make eight competitive appearances and scored

his first Guinness PRO14 try against Scarlets in

February. He secured a three-year contract and

joined the senior squad at the start of this season.

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YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR – SHANE DALY

23-year-old Shane Daly enjoyed a breakthrough

campaign in his first year as a member of the

senior squad. He started 13 of his 14 appearances

in red on the wing and at full-back and made

his Champions Cup debut against Racing 92 in

January. A product of the Greencore Munster

Rugby Academy he won both Player of the

Match awards in our first two games of the

2019/20 season. The Cork native also scored

four tries and recently earned his first call-up to

the Ireland squad.

WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – SARAH QUIN

(UL BOHEMIAN RFC)

The Limerick native is well known in rugby circles

as a dynamic and powerful ball-carrying back

row. Since making her debut for the Munster

Women’s team in 2018, prolific try scorer Quin

has been widely regarded as a game-changer at

both club and interprovincial level.

MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR – CJ STANDER

CJ Stander raised the bar when he was awarded

the Munster Rugby Men’s Player of the Year for a

record third time in six years. In making 11 starts,

the 30-year-old captained the province on two

occasions and produced a Player of the Match

performance against Saracens in Thomond Park

in December. A standout performer on every

occasion, CJ topped the charts for carries in the

Champions Cup with 120 carries after the six

pool games.

HALL OF FAME – GARRETT FITZGERALD

Posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame,

Garrett was the province’s CEO from 1999

to 2019. The longest-serving provincial chief

executive in Irish rugby, Garrett spearheaded the

province’s rise in the professional era overseeing

a 20-year period that produced the greatest days

for the province, with successes on and off the

field. A man who showed great humility, Garrett

always ensured it was never about him, and it

was always about the people of Munster Rugby.

In his leading role he shaped the province’s story

through his hard work and committed service,

leaving an everlasting legacy.

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O’NEILL REMEMBERED AT TODAY’S GAME

Scotland. He played club rugby with Waterpark

RFC and Highfield RFC before moving into

coaching.

A moment’s silence will be held ahead of this

afternoon’s kick off in memory of the late John

O’Neill who passed away on Tuesday following

an illness.

He joined the Munster Rugby Development

department in 2007 and will be greatly missed

by his colleagues and friends.

A former Munster player, ‘Johnno’ represented

the province in the early 1980’s, lining out

against Australia in Thomond Park in 1984. He

also lined out for Ireland A, scoring a try against

The proud Waterford man had a driving ambition

to give back and grow and develop the game

across the east of the province. As a Rugby

Development Officer he worked closely with

the regional development squads and coached

several of the current Munster squad including

Jack O’Donoghue, Fineen Wycherley, Gavin

Coombes, Liam Coombes, and the Academy’s

Tom Ahern and Eoin O’Connor. He also held the

role of Munster Junior Head Coach for seven

seasons.

Munster Rugby would like to extend their

deepest sympathies to his wife Trish, daughter

Cathy, and the extended O’Neill family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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Munster's Ray Gadsden and Euan Gee working

with the Corca Dhuibhne U18 squad

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS

RUGBY DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES

ACROSS THE PROVINCE

While rugby matches and contact training

sessions take a break under the current

Level 5 restrictions, Munster Rugby

Development staff continue to work with

clubs and schools across the province

hosting non-contact skill development

games and activities. With COVID-19 Health

& Safety Plans in place, clubs and schools

can work within government guidelines to

continue as a hub for physical and mental

wellbeing for school aged children. Noncontact

sessions can be run within a pod

of 15 including coaches and COVID-19 Club

Compliance Officers. Last week, a number of

staff worked closely with volunteers in the

Kerry based clubs of Castleisland RFC, Corca

Dhuibhne RFC, and Tralee RFC.

A recent non-contact skills development

session at Tralee RFC

PILOT ONLINE COACHING COURSES

PROVING SUCCESSFUL

The Munster Rugby Development

Department hosted four online coaching

events during the month of October as

part of this season’s coaching course

programme. These events are designed to

accommodate coaches who wish to achieve

their IRFU coaching awards for coaching

children and coaching youth levels, through

a blended learning approach. They are part

of a three-stage process designed around

the current restrictions with online Zoom

calls and interactive breakout rooms to

support coach understanding of the course

curriculum. It is hoped these coaches can

complete their awards through face-toface

deliveries in due course. This season

the IRFU have integrated a new online

registration and coaching course enrolment

system where all attending coaches are

automatically registered on the GAINLINE

learning management system. Here they

can engage their personal profile, download

course certificates, access online coaching

resources and complete other online

courses or requirements. Any queries

regarding coaching courses can be directed

through education@munsterrugby.ie.

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Conor Murray kicks a

conversion to end the game

Six Munster players were involved in Ireland’s

32-9 win over Wales in the first game of the new

Autumn Nations Cup on Friday night in Dublin.

Peter O’Mahony and Chris Farrell were named

on the starting XV with Andrew Conway joining

them after a late injury to Jacob Stockdale

forced a reshuffle. Tadhg Beirne came onto the

bench to replace the withdrawn Iain Henderson,

with Conor Murray and Keith Earls also named

in the replacements.

Ireland led 16-6 at half-time after two penalties

kicked by Johnny Sexton and a try from Quinn

Roux with Sexton adding the extras.

Peter O’Mahony took over the captaincy at the

half hour mark, on what was his 70th appearance

for Ireland, after Sexton had to leave the field

and the fly-half, debutant Billy Burns kicked his

first points for Ireland shortly before the break.

Burns and Leigh Halfpenny both kicked a

penalty each in the third quarter to maintain a

ten point lead for the home side.

Tadhg Beirne joined the fray after 64 minutes

with Conor Murray coming off the bench at the

same time to step into the fly half position. He

immediately kicked a penalty goal and added

another three points 7 minutes later to push

Ireland 25-9 ahead.

Keith Earls replaced Robbie Henshaw after 70

minutes to play his part in a high tempo final

ten minutes

Ireland had the last word with a try from James

Lowe at the death, converted by Murray who

nailed his third kick of the evening to leave the

scoreline 32-9 at the final whistle.

Ireland play England in Twickenham next

Saturday, 21 November, and Georgia on

Sunday, 29 November.

Round 2

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COOMBES

GAVIN

Passes completed: 8

Metres gained: 83

Carries: 29

Tackles: 16

Tries: 2

Lineout wins: 6

Lineout steals: 1

Defenders beaten: 4

Gavin Coombes has played in each of Munster’s four games this season, scoring a brace of tries

against Cardiff Blues in Round 3. The West Cork native has packed down at No. 8 in his last two

appearances but can also play flanker or second row.

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Dorothy Wall

FROM FETHARD

BEGINNINGS TO THE

INTERNATIONAL STAGE

It’s safe to say that the last few weeks and

months have been an incredibly busy time for

Munster and Ireland’s Dorothy Wall.

The talented Tipperary back-row has enjoyed

a whirlwind year which has seen her establish

herself as a fully-fledged Ireland international.

The 20-year-old put in a typically physical

performance for Ireland in their clash with Italy

in the Women’s Six Nations in recent weeks.

This match was particularly special for Wall

as it was her first start for her country in 15s

after making three appearances from the bench

at the beginning of the year before Covid-19

brought a shuttering halt to the rugby season.

Although Wall is only four appearances into her

Ireland career, her impressive performances

this year alongside the likes of other fresh

faces such as Beibhinn Parsons, Judy Bobbett

and Victoria Dabanovich-O’Mahony have

contributed to a lot of excitement surrounding

this Irish team.

Wall is currently in her third year of studying

Radiography in UCD, a huge challenge for any

young student but for the 20-year-old, she

needs to balance her studies with training as

a full-time high-performance athlete. No mean

feat.

“I’ve been doing radiography for the last three

years. It’s been up and down, a lot of learnings.

It was an adaptation after being in school

and your Mom telling you when to study, to

playing a professional sport. I had been in the

7s for the last three years, we trained four days

a week and you have to fit your lectures around

that. It was a bit hard but there’s a lot of doctors

(in the squad) so it’s not as if it can’t be done.”

Wall’s hectic schedule is nothing new. In her

teenage years, horse-riding and basketball, the

latter of which saw her compete at a regional

level, were major parts of her life before rugby

caught her eye. Growing up five minutes outside

Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Wall tells us how an

innocent appearance at Fethard & District RFC

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and seeing the excellent environment which

Polly Murphy had created at the club for girls’

and women’s rugby soon sowed the seeds of

her love for the oval ball.

“I’ve always ridden horses and played

basketball for ages. Our family has always been

a big rugby family. My uncles, my whole family

are really into it. I don’t know, I kind of went

down one day. My Dad didn’t want me to get

hurt originally but sure then, it was grand, we

fired on!

“I lived only five minutes from Fethard so

my brothers would go down training the

same night, so we were all down in Fethard

every Friday evening after school. We were all

down there. You meet the same people and

there’s a great sense of

community. It’s a very

good club to be a part

of. I’m very proud of

where I come from with

Fethard.”

From that moment, Wall’s

passion for rugby took

over as she then represented her secondary

school, Presentation Secondary School

Thurles, in the IRFU Girls’ X7s tournaments

where her team reached two All Ireland finals.

Wall soon began scaling new heights as

she progressed through the women’s rugby

pathway at both provincial and national level.

her college placement at St. Vincent’s Hospital

in Dublin which will take up the majority of her

time this week.

A return to Tipperary to see her family is also on

hold until the current government restrictions

are eased. Wall hasn’t been home since the

end of July as she moved to Dublin to begin

preseason with the Ireland 7s squad.

“I’ve been living in Dublin since the end

of July, so I came up and we started our 7s

preseason, the first of August. I’ve been up since

then and because of placement, I’m in five days

a week. Every weekend we’re training. I haven’t

had an opportunity to go home but I’m on the

phone to my Mom every day. We definitely

keep in contact.”

Being away from

your family for such a

Munster

underage was

prolonged period of

time is undoubtedly

massive for me...“ tough for Wall,

especially after her

recent achievement

of making her first

start for Ireland. The Tipperary native says that

she has been inundated with well-wishes and

congratulatory messages.

“Yeah, everyone from home (has been sending

me messages). My Dad feels like a celebrity

walking the down the town, he’s being stopped

every second!”

Munster underage was massive for me. I

was in with Emily Lane who is one of my best

friends and I live with her now. She’s on the

Irish 7s team. Enya Breen who was on the

pitch with me there two weeks ago - we were

in the backline together actually, back when I

was a 13. We were on the backline that won

the Interpros underage and that was a big thing

for us at the time, too.”

Back to the here and now, the work doesn’t

stop for Wall. She’s currently in the midst of

With all that Wall has achieved in her career

to date and the huge work-rate which she has

displayed in both the red of Munster and green

of Ireland, she will no doubt have a big role to

play in the coming years.

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2020/21

Date Fixture Where to watch

Sat 3 Oct Scarlets 27-30 Munster Parc y Scarlets

Sat 10 Oct Munster 25-23 Edinburgh Rugby Thomond Park

Mon 26 Oct Munster 38 - 27 Cardiff Blues eir Sport, TG4, Premier Sports

Sun 1 Nov 2020 Dragons 16 - 28 Munster eir Sport, Premier Sports

Sat 7 Nov Benetton Rugby v Munster Match Postponed

Sun 15 Nov | 2:45pm Munster v Ospreys eir Sport, S4C, Premier Sports

Mon 23 Nov | 8:15pm Glasgow Warriors v Munster Premier Sports, eir Sport

Mon 30 Nov | 8:15pm Munster v Zebre Rugby Club eir Sport, Premier Sports

Sun 13 Dec | 5.30pm Munster v Harlequins BT Sport, beIN Sports

Sat 19 Dec | 6.30pm Clermont Auvergne v Munster beIN Sports, BT Sport

26/27 Dec Munster v Leinster TBC

02/03 Jan 2021 Ulster v Munster TBC

09/10 Jan 2021 Connacht v Munster TBC

Sat 16 Jan | 5.30pm Munster v Clermont Auvergne BT Sport, beIN Sports

Sat 23 Jan | 5.30pm Harlequins v Munster BT Sport, beIN Sports

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