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Munster Rugby v Leinster Rugby Match Programme

Guinness PRO14 Round 9 | Find out all you need to know ahead of Munster v Leinster. Hear from Head Coach Johann van Graan and Damian de Allende in the build up to the game. Read about Joey Carbery's road to recovery and Ireland Seven's star Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe's focus on the 15s game. We also chat to Head of Rugby Development Colm McMahon as he reflects on what has been an unprecedented year for domestic rugby in the province.

Guinness PRO14 Round 9 | Find out all you need to know ahead of Munster v Leinster.

Hear from Head Coach Johann van Graan and Damian de Allende in the build up to the game. Read about Joey Carbery's road to recovery and Ireland Seven's star Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe's focus on the 15s game. We also chat to Head of Rugby Development Colm McMahon as he reflects on what has been an unprecedented year for domestic rugby in the province.


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v LEINSTER | SAT 23 JAN 2021 | THOMOND PARK | 7.35PM<br />

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME<br />

To Johann, his coaching team, and the entire<br />

squad, we send you our best wishes for<br />

tonight’s game.<br />

This evening we welcome Head Coach Leo<br />

Cullen and his <strong>Leinster</strong> team to Thomond Park<br />

for this Round 9 game in the Guinness PRO14.<br />

This game, which is normally played on St.<br />

Stephen’s Day, is a special fixture that fans on<br />

both sides really look forward to. It has all the<br />

elements of a big derby game with Thomond<br />

Park usually packed to the rafters with fans,<br />

all in full voice, a sea of red and blue covering<br />

the stands and terraces with an electrifying<br />

atmosphere long before kick-off. Unfortunately,<br />

this evening it will be minus all the noise and<br />

colour around the stadium with the exception<br />

of the 1000+ portraits looking on from the<br />

stand. On the pitch it will be business as usual<br />

with both sets of players giving it their all to<br />

claim the win.<br />

The two sides come into this game on a good<br />

run of form - <strong>Munster</strong> on the back of away wins<br />

over Clermont and Connacht, and <strong>Munster</strong> and<br />

<strong>Leinster</strong> with eight wins from nine in the PRO14.<br />

Both sides lost to their provincial rivals Ulster<br />

and Connacht respectively, over the Christmas<br />

round of games.<br />

The situation on the domestic front has not<br />

changed. The IRFU and all concerned are<br />

working hard behind the scenes to make<br />

sure that when it is safe to do so, rugby will<br />

resume. In the meantime our Head of <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Development Colm McMahon and his team are<br />

doing great work with their online programmes<br />

such as the <strong>Rugby</strong> FUNdamentals home skills<br />

programme. These online programmes are a<br />

vital part of keeping our young people engaged<br />

and practicing their skills while keeping rugby<br />

a part of their lives. All this work will extremely<br />

beneficial when rugby resumes once again.<br />

Congratulations to Neville Burton from<br />

Clonakilty RFC who is the December winner<br />

of the Ballyseedy Volunteer of the Month,<br />

recognising his dedication and hard work. Well<br />

done Neville.<br />

Our thanks to our main sponsor Bank of Ireland,<br />

our kit supplier adidas and all our sponsors for<br />

their continued support. We also welcome Laya<br />

Healthcare as our Official Health & Wellbeing<br />

Partner.<br />

Stay safe, stay strong and stay positive.<br />

To the brave and the faithful, nothing is<br />

impossible.<br />

Sean McCullough<br />

President <strong>Munster</strong> Branch IRFU<br />

President: Sean McCullough | Vice President: Ger McNamara | Junior Vice President: Michael Carroll<br />

Hon. Secretary: Muiris Mahon| Hon. Treasurer: Tom Kinirons<br />

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

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GUINNESS PRO14 CAMPAIGN TO CONCLUDE IN<br />

MARCH AHEAD OF NEW “RAINBOW CUP” WITH<br />

SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP FOUR ‘SUPER’ TEAMS<br />

The current Guinness PRO14 campaign will<br />

end in March allowing South Africa’s four<br />

‘Super’ teams and our existing clubs to<br />

finish the season with a 16-team “Rainbow<br />

Cup” competition ahead of the British &<br />

Irish Lions tour.<br />

After consulting with key PRO14 stakeholders, the Guinness<br />

PRO14 Rainbow Cup was chosen as the best pathway to<br />

finish up the current campaign and introduce South Africa’s<br />

four ‘Super’ teams: the Vodacom Bulls; Emirates Lions; Cell<br />

C Sharks and DHL Stormers. This decision also allows our<br />

European-based sides to earn qualification for European<br />

Professional Club <strong>Rugby</strong> (EPCR) tournaments in 2021/22 in<br />

a fair and equitable manner.<br />

Ahead of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa,<br />

the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will provide a groundbreaking<br />

spectacle for fans who will see international star<br />

players from north and south establish new rivalries in their<br />

bid for the ultimate Test selection.<br />

Right through until the last kick of the ball in the Rainbow<br />

Cup in June, fans will be able to watch it all unfold with our<br />

broadcast partners Premier Sports, eir Sport, S4C, TG4,<br />

DAZN and Super Sport.<br />

How it will Work<br />

• The 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 campaign will finish after 16<br />

rounds with the Conference winners facing each other in a<br />

final in late March<br />

• Qualification for EPCR tournaments in 2021/22 will be<br />

decided by rankings after Round 16<br />

• On April 17, 2021, the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will<br />

kick-off and introduce the Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions,<br />

Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers and their World Cupwinning<br />

Springboks<br />

• The Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will consist of a pool<br />

stage (two pools of eight teams) and a final between the<br />

two pool winners<br />

FINAL CHAPTER OF GUINNESS PRO14<br />

fixture list will aim to ensure home and away in-conference<br />

fixtures are completed and each team plays all of its<br />

cross-conference matches also. Further clarification will be<br />

available when fixtures are confirmed.<br />

The scheduled dates for the conclusion of the 2020-21<br />

Guinness PRO14 campaign are:<br />

R12: February 20<br />

R13: February 27<br />

R14: March 6<br />

R15: March 13<br />

R16: March 20<br />

Final: March 27<br />

Once Round 16 has been completed, the top-ranked teams<br />

from each conference will qualify for the 2021/22 Heineken<br />

Champions Cup. Requirement for play-offs is under review.<br />

GUINNESS PRO14 “RAINBOW CUP”<br />

FORGING NEW RIVALRIES<br />

With South Africa preparing to host their first British & Irish<br />

Lions tour since 2009, the World Cup champions will see<br />

their ‘Super’ teams – the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers<br />

take on the very best that Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales<br />

have to offer.<br />

Players aiming to make the British & Irish Lions squad will<br />

find no better trial environment to test themselves in, as<br />

they go up against the likes of Siya Kolisi, Pieter Steph du<br />

Toit (both DHL Stormers), Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom<br />

Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions) and former Guinness<br />

PRO14 top-try scorer Makazole Mapimipi (Cell C Sharks).<br />

The Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will kick off on April 17<br />

with two pools of 8 teams made up of two Irish, two South<br />

African, two Welsh, one Italian and one Scottish club. Each<br />

team will play one game against each pool opponent and<br />

the sides that finish top of their pools will face off in a final<br />

on June 19.<br />

Across 57 matches, the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup will<br />

feature the best of the Springbok talent going toe-to-toe<br />

with some of the British & Irish Lions’ biggest names – every<br />

one of them keen to lay down a marker to their respective<br />

selectors ahead of what will prove to an historic tour.<br />

Rounds 12 to 16 will take place from February 20 and<br />

conclude on March 20. A final will then take place at the<br />

home venue of the highest-ranked team. This abbreviated<br />

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MUNSTER v LEINSTER<br />

ROUND 9 PREVIEW<br />

Albeit a little later than planned, this<br />

derby game between <strong>Munster</strong> and<br />

<strong>Leinster</strong> is without doubt one of the<br />

most anticipated games of the season<br />

for both sides, and an enthralling<br />

prospect for the neutral rugby observer.<br />

Nick McCarthy and<br />

Devin Toner<br />

Up to January 2 last, neither side had<br />

lost in the Guinness PRO14 this season,<br />

with <strong>Munster</strong>’s unbeaten run ending in<br />

Belfast and <strong>Leinster</strong> losing at home to<br />

Connacht on the same day. <strong>Munster</strong>’s<br />

last defeat at Thomond Park was at the<br />

hands of <strong>Leinster</strong> on December 28 2019.<br />

CONFERENCE B TABLE<br />

POS TEAM PL W D L BP PTS<br />

1 <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> 9 8 0 1 5 37<br />

2 Connacht <strong>Rugby</strong> 9 5 0 4 6 26<br />

3 Scarlets 10 3 0 5 4 24<br />

4 Cardiff Blues 11 5 0 6 2 22<br />

5 Edinburgh <strong>Rugby</strong> 9 3 0 6 3 15<br />

6 Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> 9 0 0 9 4 4<br />

HEAD TO HEAD 14 26 0<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> wins<br />

<strong>Leinster</strong> wins<br />

Draws<br />

MATCH FACTS<br />

• <strong>Leinster</strong> have picked up a try bonus point<br />

in each of their eleven games this season<br />

across both competitions.<br />

• Gavin Coombes has made the most carries<br />

for <strong>Munster</strong> with 79 so far, while <strong>Leinster</strong>’s<br />

Rhys Ruddock has 90. Coombes has scored<br />

six tries – the same number as <strong>Leinster</strong>’s<br />

Scott Penny and two behind Ulster’s Marcell<br />

Coetzee who leads the tournament with 8<br />

tries.<br />

• <strong>Leinster</strong> have won their last four encounters<br />

with <strong>Munster</strong>, whilst <strong>Munster</strong>’s only victory<br />

over tonight's opponents in the last four<br />

years was 26-17 in Limerick in December<br />

2018.<br />

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THE INSIDE<br />

TRACK<br />

JOHANN VAN GRAAN<br />

On tonight’s clash with <strong>Leinster</strong>…<br />

“Obviously, it was to be on the 26 December,<br />

but it couldn’t be played. Now it’s just before<br />

the Six Nations and I believe it will be two top<br />

teams playing against each other. It’s our first<br />

home game of the year against the PRO14<br />

champions – so a nice start at home for us for the<br />

year. Their quality is undeniable and it’s always<br />

a massive game against <strong>Leinster</strong>. We have<br />

played nine games in the PRO14 and have won<br />

eight – and so have <strong>Leinster</strong>. They are definitely<br />

one of the form sides of the competition and of<br />

the last three years. They’ve played 11 games<br />

this season across all competitions and have 11<br />

bonus points. They are such a quality outfit. We<br />

know that and they know it.<br />

“We are looking to improve our game every<br />

week. We believe we have done some nice things<br />

this season. We had some convincing victories,<br />

we had some “come-behind” victories, and we<br />

had to grind out some victories.<br />

a weather expert but it looks like it might be<br />

rainy and cold and snowy on Saturday evening<br />

so that will definitely play its part. It comes<br />

down to small moments and guys taking their<br />

opportunities. We didn’t take our opportunities<br />

in the semi-final and they did, and they are<br />

rightly the champions. We are looking forward<br />

to playing against them on Saturday evening in<br />

Thomond Park.”<br />

On having international players available…<br />

“The Irish system is one of the best systems<br />

in the world in terms of players management.<br />

All credit to the IRFU for how they manage the<br />

players. It's great that we have a full squad<br />

available and we will go with the team we<br />

believe can win on Saturday evening at home.<br />

I’m not sure what <strong>Leinster</strong> will do but I would<br />

imagine they have quite a few guys available<br />

as well. We are looking forward to a very good<br />

game. We have big dreams for this season, and<br />

this is another game in our season.”<br />

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On playing at home for the first time in a<br />

number of weeks…<br />

“This is our first home game since the Quins<br />

game which feels like months ago. It’s the first<br />

game I think in 6 weeks that we are in Thomond<br />

Park and we love to play in Thomond Park.<br />

The fact that it’s <strong>Leinster</strong>, it’s a special club,<br />

they guarantee the best and we always want<br />

to play against the best, that’s how we see<br />

this weekend. We are playing against a team<br />

that have won their last 27 of 28 games in the<br />

PRO14. They’ve got international quality all<br />

over the park – certainly no weak points in that<br />

team.”<br />

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE<br />

On taking the positives from having a weekend<br />

off…<br />

“It’s been quite tough. When the season was<br />

going ahead, we were playing week in and<br />

week out and started building nice momentum.<br />

I think that game against Connacht was quite<br />

tough. Obviously, a few of us had two weeks<br />

off. Playing in those conditions in a heavy field<br />

took a lot out of us. The boys were quite sore<br />

on the Monday. We were really looking forward<br />

to playing last weekend, but we couldn’t do<br />

it. But I must say it has helped the body a lot.<br />

An extra week off does a lot for the body. It is<br />

frustrating when you don’t play week in week<br />

out but although that’s a negative, we can see<br />

the benefits as well.”<br />

in your squad where the youngsters are putting<br />

up their hands and putting older guys, the more<br />

experienced guys under pressure, that’s when<br />

you get the best out of each other. We’ve been<br />

doing that quite well so we will kick on with<br />

that, carrying on working hard and enjoying<br />

ourselves like we have been doing over these<br />

past few weeks.”<br />

On preparing for tonight’s game…<br />

“I felt when we played <strong>Leinster</strong> in my very first<br />

game – I think it was in August – it was quite<br />

a hyped-up week. I’m not one to get hyped up<br />

much before a game. I think that was quite a<br />

real shock to me. But I think the way that we’ve<br />

been going forward now – you need to enjoy<br />

yourself. I know the <strong>Leinster</strong> game is massive,<br />

but I think if we can get into the right mindset<br />

that it's just another game, another game to get<br />

better, another game to do what we are trying<br />

to achieve and just keep ticking the boxes.<br />

Obviously, we have our goals set and it won’t<br />

help us or benefit us especially this weekend<br />

if we make the occasion too big and we forget<br />

how to play rugby and forget what we are trying<br />

to achieve. It’s a massive game. It’s going to be<br />

brutal. The body is going to be very sore in the<br />

game and after the game but it’s just another<br />

game of rugby for us, another chance to get<br />

better. What a great opportunity to play against<br />

the champions.”<br />

On the younger players putting their hands<br />

up…<br />

“The way that – not just the older guys – but the<br />

way the younger guys have stood up and taken<br />

ownership of their roles and their positions<br />

has been quite outstanding. Obviously, we<br />

had a few hiccups along the way with injuries,<br />

Covid and stuff like that. Even with that, the<br />

youngsters still manage to pull off some<br />

amazing wins, away from home as well. That’s<br />

quite incredible. I think once you get that right<br />

"It's a massive game. It's going to be brutal."<br />

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NEWSROUND<br />

Eimear Considine, Ciara Griffin and<br />

Dorothy Wall at the launch of the<br />

new partnership between <strong>Munster</strong><br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> and laya healthcare<br />

LAYA HEALTHCARE ON BOARD AS OFFICIAL<br />

HEALTH & WELLBEING PARTNER<br />

Laya healthcare recently announced a new<br />

three-year partnership with <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

and are now the province’s Official Health<br />

& Wellbeing Partner. Laya healthcare plans<br />

to work with <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> on a strategic<br />

vision that will support the performance of<br />

the province by focusing on aspects of health<br />

and wellbeing across the men’s and women’s<br />

teams, the backroom team, right through to the<br />

fans.<br />

Laya healthcare have released a content<br />

series that highlights the provincial heritage<br />

of <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong>. <strong>Munster</strong>'s stag forms the<br />

centre point of one of the videos, showcasing<br />

the characteristics that link it to rugby in a<br />

digitally-led campaign.<br />

Laya healthcare has already built strong links in<br />

the <strong>Munster</strong> region. With its head office in Cork,<br />

laya healthcare is soon to open a new Health<br />

& Wellbeing Clinic in Caherdavin, Limerick.<br />

The upcoming opening of the Limerick clinic is<br />

creating over 20 jobs and will offer the people<br />

of Limerick, and the surrounding region, a<br />

comprehensive breadth of healthcare services.<br />

WOMEN’S AND U20S SIX NATIONS<br />

POSTPONED<br />

Six Nations <strong>Rugby</strong> Limited last week announced<br />

that the Women’s and U20s 2021 Championships<br />

will not take place in the regular Six Nations<br />

window this year. The Women’s Championship<br />

will instead be scheduled in revised windows<br />

later this spring or early summer. Six Nations<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> confirmed it will finalise the respective<br />

timings and formats for both the Women’s<br />

and U20s competitions in consultation with all<br />

unions, broadcast partners and stakeholders,<br />

with full details to be announced by the end of<br />

January.<br />

HOME SKILLS PROGRAMME LAUNCHED<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> have launched a<br />

#<strong>Rugby</strong>FUNdamentals Home Skills programme<br />

for primary school children. The videos are<br />

delivered by <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Technical Skills<br />

Development coach Mike Pettman and focus<br />

on catching, kicking, running and evasion,<br />

fundamental movement skills and more. The<br />

aim of the videos is to offer some FUN rugby<br />

and movement activities to do at home and to<br />

support children during the Level 5 lockdown<br />

while continuing to grow their capacities and<br />

understanding of some core physical literacy<br />

components. The videos can be viewed here<br />

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STEPHEN ARCHER<br />

Prop<br />

29.01.88<br />

H: 1.88m<br />

W: 120.91kg<br />

Hons: Ire (2 caps)<br />

Hooker<br />

06.08.99<br />

H:1.83m<br />

W: 98kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

DIARMUID BARRON<br />

TADHG BEIRNE<br />

Lock / Back Row<br />

08.01.92<br />

H: 1.98 m<br />

W: 113.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (17 caps)<br />

Flanker<br />

15.02.91<br />

H: 1.76 m<br />

W: 98 kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

CHRIS CLOETE<br />

Back Row<br />

11.12.1997<br />

H: 1.98m<br />

W: 110kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

GAVIN COOMBES<br />

JAMES CRONIN<br />

Prop<br />

23.11.90<br />

H: 1.80 m<br />

W: 113 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (3 caps)<br />

Lock / Back Row<br />

03.08.85<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 111 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (1 cap)<br />

BILLY HOLLAND<br />

DAVE KILCOYNE<br />

Prop<br />

14.12.88<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 112 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (39 caps)<br />

JEAN KLEYN<br />

Lock<br />

26.08.93<br />

H: 2.03 m<br />

W: 125 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (5 caps)<br />

Prop<br />

06.04.99<br />

H: 1.85m<br />

W: 115kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

KEYNAN KNOX<br />

Prop<br />

22.07.95<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 120 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JEREMY LOUGHMAN<br />

Hooker<br />

12.10.92<br />

H: 1.84 m<br />

W: 108 kg<br />

Hons: NZ U20<br />

RHYS MARSHALL<br />

Hooker<br />

16.04.91<br />

H: 1.80 m<br />

W: 107 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U19<br />

KEVIN O’BYRNE<br />

Prop<br />

13.07.95<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 110 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

LIAM O’CONNOR<br />

TOMMY O’DONNELL<br />

Back Row<br />

21.05.87<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 107 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (12 caps)<br />

JACK O’DONOGHUE<br />

Back Row<br />

08.02.94<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 107 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (2 caps)<br />

PETER O’MAHONY<br />

Back Row<br />

17.09.89<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 106 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (73 caps)<br />

Back Row<br />

01.10.98<br />

H: 1.88m<br />

W: 100kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JACK O’SULLIVAN<br />

JOHN RYAN<br />

Prop<br />

02.08.88<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 117 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (23 caps)<br />

Prop<br />

28.10.97<br />

H:1.83m<br />

W: 123.18kg<br />

Hons: USA U20<br />

ROMAN SALANOA<br />

NIALL SCANNELL<br />

Hooker<br />

08.04.92<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 109 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (20 caps)<br />

RG SNYMAN<br />

Lock<br />

29.01.95<br />

H: 2.06 m<br />

W: 116 kg<br />

Hons: SA (23 caps)<br />

CJ STANDER<br />

Back Row<br />

05.04.90<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 114 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (46 caps)<br />

Lock<br />

11.12.97<br />

H:1.93 m<br />

W: 111.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

FINEEN WYCHERLEY<br />

FORWARDS<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Squad - 2020/21 Season<br />

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JOEY CARBERY<br />

Fly Half<br />

01.11.95<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 85kg<br />

Hons: Ire (22 caps)<br />

Scrum Half<br />

19.04.99<br />

H: 1.65 m<br />

W: 75kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

CRAIG CASEY<br />

ANDREW CONWAY<br />

Full Back / Wing<br />

11.07.91<br />

H: 1.80 m<br />

W: 89 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (24 caps)<br />

LIAM COOMBES<br />

Full Back / Wing<br />

01.05.97<br />

H: 1.91m<br />

W: 89 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

Scrum Half<br />

08.12.92<br />

H: 1.73 m<br />

W: 83 kg<br />

Hons: Ire Clubs<br />

NEIL CRONIN<br />

Wing / Centre<br />

19.12.96<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (1 cap)<br />

SHANE DALY<br />

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE<br />

Centre<br />

25/11/1991<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 105 kg<br />

Hons: SA (47 caps)<br />

KEITH EARLS<br />

Universal Back<br />

02.10.87<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 90 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (88 caps)<br />

CHRIS FARRELL<br />

Centre<br />

16.03.93<br />

H: 1.93 m<br />

W: 110 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (14 caps)<br />

Full Back<br />

26.10.96<br />

H:1.85m<br />

W: 95 kg<br />

Hons: Eng U20<br />

MATT GALLAGHER<br />

Centre<br />

10.12.94<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 100 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

DAN GOGGIN<br />

Full Back<br />

28.06.94<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 93 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (1 cap)<br />

MIKE HALEY<br />

RORY SCANNELL<br />

CALVIN NASH<br />

CONOR MURRAY<br />

ALEX MCHENRY<br />

NICK MCCARTHY<br />

JJ HANRAHAN<br />

Fly Half / Centre<br />

27.07.92<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 93 kg<br />

Hons: Emerging Ireland<br />

Scrum Half<br />

25.03.95<br />

H: 1.8m<br />

W: 84 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

Centre<br />

07.10.97<br />

H: 1.88m<br />

W: 95kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

Scrum Half<br />

20.04.89<br />

H: 1.88 m<br />

W: 94 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (87 caps)<br />

Wing<br />

08.08.97<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 90 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

Centre<br />

22.12.93<br />

H: 1.80 m<br />

W: 98 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (3 caps)<br />

Wing<br />

05.05.93<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 95 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (3 caps)<br />

DARREN SWEETNAM<br />

BACKS<br />

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MUNSTER RUGBY<br />

STARTING XV<br />

James Cronin Rhys Marshall John Ryan Jean Kleyn Tadhg Beirne<br />

Gavin Coombes<br />

Peter<br />

O'Mahony (C)<br />

CJ Stander<br />

Conor Murray<br />

JJ Hanrahan<br />

Shane Daly<br />

Damian de<br />

Allende<br />

Chris Farrell<br />

Keith Earls<br />

Mike Haley<br />

#MUNvLEI<br />

JOIN THE CONVERSATION<br />

Replacements<br />

16. Niall Scannell 17. Dave Kilcoyne 18. Stephen Archer 19. Fineen Wycherley<br />

20. Jack O'Donoghue 21. Craig Casey 22. Ben Healy 23. Rory Scannell<br />

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LEINSTER RUGBY<br />

STARTING XV<br />

Cian Healy<br />

Seán Cronin<br />

Andrew Porter<br />

Scott Fardy<br />

James Ryan<br />

Rhys Ruddock<br />

Will Connors<br />

Caelan Doris<br />

Luke McGrath<br />

Johnny<br />

Sexton (C)<br />

Jimmy O'Brien<br />

Robbie<br />

Henshaw<br />

Garry<br />

Ringrose<br />

Jordan<br />

Larmour<br />

Hugo Keenan<br />

MATCH OFFICIALS<br />

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)<br />

AR1: Seán Gallagher (IRFU)<br />

AR2: Eoghan Cross (IRFU)<br />

TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)<br />

Replacements<br />

16. Rónan Kelleher 17. Ed Byrne 18. Tom Clarkson 19. Ross Molony<br />

20. Jack Conan 21. Jamison Gibson-Park 22. Ross Byrne 23. Josh van der Flier<br />

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CARBERY<br />

UPBEAT AS<br />

RECOVERY<br />

CONTINUES<br />

Joey Carbery spoke to www.munsterrugby.ie<br />

last week as he continues to follow his<br />

rehabilitation programme for an ankle injury<br />

that has ruled him out of action since last<br />

season.<br />

Having not played since January 2020, he<br />

admits that it has been a tough period,<br />

however, the playmaker was upbeat as he<br />

continues with his recovery progress.<br />

it’s like ‘Hi, how are you?’ That was a bit strange,<br />

but I suppose we just have to be safe, and smart<br />

and look after ourselves.”<br />

On handling lengthy recovery...…<br />

“It was kind of tough at the start. We kind of had<br />

an end date in sight. When I didn’t hit that mark<br />

it was almost more disappointment. So this has<br />

been more relaxed and it’s kind of been ‘I’m<br />

ready when I’m ready’.”<br />

On staying positive…<br />

“It’s been pretty tough. Obviously, it’s not nice<br />

being injured but I’m pretty blessed to have<br />

such a good physio and S&C team around me.<br />

But it’s been great to see the lads do so well.<br />

Obviously, I want to be out there, but it’s been<br />

such a good great start to the season so far. It’s<br />

never nice being injured but hopefully things<br />

will change soon.”<br />

On how the pandemic has impacted…<br />

“The pandemic has been quite tough because<br />

normally when you are an injured player you are<br />

away from the team anyway. With the pandemic<br />

we were in smaller groups. You wouldn’t see<br />

some of the guys in here for a couple of weeks<br />

on end, and then you would run into them and<br />

“Wanting to get back on<br />

the pitch and back with<br />

the squad…makes me<br />

very ambitious and very<br />

motivated to get back”<br />

On using his time outside of rugby…<br />

“When you are injured you might have a<br />

weekend off, and you might go away or<br />

something. I haven’t been able to do that, so<br />

I started back to college, doing a Masters, so<br />

I’ve been pretty busy with that. Pretty much<br />

trying to be in here as much as possible as well,<br />

every day. Every day contributes to getting<br />

back sooner. I’m trying to stay focused that way<br />

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ut college has been a great distraction for me<br />

when I’m out of here.”<br />

On building strong bonds with other players<br />

who are rehabbing…<br />

“It has been a year since I played. Guys<br />

have come in and out (of rehab) and it’s a bit<br />

demoralising seeing them start before you,<br />

and then come out of it before you. It’s great<br />

to have the likes of RG and Neilie around, and<br />

Mattie has joined us as well. Obviously, you<br />

don’t want to see anyone injured but it’s nice<br />

to have some kind of connection there. We get<br />

on really well. It’s way easier at the gym and do<br />

our rehab together when there’s a group of us<br />

together, have coffees and stuff like that make<br />

a big difference.”<br />

On staying integrated in the squad…<br />

“In the last month or so, I’ve kind of tried to<br />

jump in with the backs as much as possible.<br />

It kind of makes it a bit easier when you are<br />

in a team environment and getting to all the<br />

meetings. Just being in with the squad makes<br />

a huge difference mentally. It’s the only thing<br />

that’s really got me through this – looking to<br />

the end and just wanting to get back on the<br />

pitch. I suppose staying in the meetings and<br />

talking with the coaches has helped a lot with<br />

that because you can keep clued in, stay match<br />

sharp. Obviously, you can’t physically do it<br />

but mentally you can prepare for the games<br />

coming up. That makes a big difference. But<br />

then obviously wanting to get back on the pitch<br />

and back with the squad as well makes me very<br />

ambitious and very motivated to get back.”<br />

“Being in with the squad<br />

makes a huge difference<br />

mentally - it’s the only thing<br />

that’s really got me through<br />

this, looking to the end and<br />

wanting to be back on the<br />

pitch”<br />

Carbery's last game was against<br />

Ulster in January 2020<br />

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THE LOWDOWN<br />

THE FORM GUIDE<br />

<strong>Leinster</strong> come into this game on the back of<br />

their only defeat this season, with two wins in<br />

the Champions Cup and eight wins from nine<br />

games in the Guinness PRO14. Leo Cullen’s<br />

side has been in devastating form, picking up<br />

try bonus points in every game this season,<br />

including in the loss against Connacht, with a<br />

current tally of 57 tries in 11 matches. Along<br />

with <strong>Munster</strong>, they’ve also conceded the fewest<br />

tries across the Guinness PRO14 this season<br />

with 15 each.<br />

Harry Byrne is their top points scorer with 51<br />

points, with Dave Kearney scoring seven tries.<br />

Rhys Ruddock tops the stats on several fronts in<br />

the squad currently with the most carries (114),<br />

most tackles (82) and most turnovers won (6).<br />

The side had 20 players involved with Ireland<br />

during the most recent international window in<br />

October/November.<br />

THE COACHING TICKET<br />

Head Coach Leo Cullen played 32 times<br />

for Ireland and 220 times for <strong>Leinster</strong> in a<br />

distinguished playing career. He joined the<br />

province’s coaching team on his retirement<br />

in 2014 as forwards coach, and a year later<br />

he became Head Coach, guiding the province<br />

to the PRO12 Final. In his third season, Cullen<br />

became the first man to win a Champions Cup<br />

title as a player and as a Head Coach as he<br />

presided over a first ever Guinness PRO14 and<br />

Champions Cup double for <strong>Leinster</strong>. Former<br />

England coach Stuart Lancaster joined the ticket<br />

in 2016 as Senior Coach. He was appointed to<br />

the role of England Head Coach in 2011 and led<br />

the team through four Six Nations campaigns<br />

and a <strong>Rugby</strong> World Cup in 2015. Robin McBryde<br />

joined <strong>Leinster</strong> as Assistant Coach from the<br />

Wales national team after the <strong>Rugby</strong> World Cup<br />

last year. The former <strong>Leinster</strong> and Argentina<br />

flyhalf Felipe Contepomi returned to the<br />

province ahead of the 2018/19 season as Backs<br />

Coach with Emmett Farrell (Kicking Coach/<br />

Head Analyst) completing the coaching ticket.<br />

ONE TO WATCH<br />

ONE TO WATCH<br />

Hugo Keenan<br />

One of the standout performers of the Autumn<br />

Nations Cup for Ireland, 24-year-old winger<br />

Hugo Keenan has certainly caught the eye in<br />

recent months, scoring a brace of tries on his<br />

international debut against Italy in the refixed<br />

Six Nations match in October, and adding<br />

another try against Georgia in the Autumn<br />

Nations Cup clash. With six senior international<br />

caps to date, he is also a former Ireland U20<br />

and Ireland Sevens international. The Dubliner<br />

has played five times with <strong>Leinster</strong> this season,<br />

including the two Champions Cup games<br />

against Northampton Saints and Montpellier,<br />

and Ulster on January 8 last.<br />

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MURPHY CROWE<br />

RELISHING 15S<br />

OPPORTUNITY<br />

Tipperary native Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe<br />

hasn’t played a game of competitive rugby<br />

since the Sydney leg of the World <strong>Rugby</strong> HSBC<br />

Sevens Series in February 2020. However,<br />

she isn’t one to complain as she has used the<br />

lockdown periods to strengthen different areas<br />

of her game ahead of a yet to be determined<br />

return to competitive action. “It actually hasn’t<br />

been the worst of years,” Murphy Crowe told<br />

Irish <strong>Rugby</strong> TV.<br />

“I’ve taken it by the throat and just took it for<br />

what it is. Before Covid, I thought it might<br />

have been the year to practice a few extras<br />

and add them to my game. So, I really worked<br />

on strength and speed throughout lockdown<br />

because we couldn’t train or train as a group or<br />

do any rugby at the time. I took that opportunity<br />

to work on those two things. I was pretty<br />

pleased when I came back in to see that my<br />

markers had improved with fitness, strengthwise<br />

and speed-wise.”<br />

If Covid-induced lockdown brought about an<br />

opportunity for Murphy Crowe to improve<br />

areas of her game, it also presented her with<br />

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the chance to train and test herself against<br />

the very best that Irish women’s rugby has to<br />

offer – Murphy Crowe, along with many of her<br />

Sevens colleagues, having the opportunity -<br />

when restrictions allowed - to train with Adam<br />

Griggs' Ireland Women's 15s squad.<br />

“Being brought in here has just been a massive<br />

opportunity for me. This was probably the<br />

highlight of my year, getting the opportunity,<br />

seeing people from Sevens transition into<br />

15s so easily. It was a really good opportunity<br />

to take and seeing those girls being able to<br />

transition gives me the confidence that if I can<br />

learn the ropes and things like that, I’ll hopefully<br />

be up for selection throughout 2021.”<br />

Murphy Crowe, who first picked up the oval ball<br />

in her local club Clanwilliam FC at the age of 15,<br />

has been excelling on the international stage<br />

in the Sevens format. She is Ireland’s all-time<br />

top try-scorer on the World Series while she is<br />

also ninth in the list of all-time top try scorers,<br />

rubbing shoulders with some of the sport’s<br />

greats like New Zealand’s Portia Woodman and<br />

Michaela Blyde.<br />

they give you so much feedback and help you<br />

out so much but yeah, you would like to add a<br />

little bit of flair or whatever x-factor you have<br />

in the Sevens, you would like to bring that into<br />

the 15s and show them what you can bring to<br />

the game, although it’s a different game. Your<br />

strengths are your strengths at the end of the<br />

day and if you can bring your strengths into the<br />

15s game, then why not give it a shot?”<br />

For many of us, Murphy Crowe included, 2021<br />

remains uncertain but one thing is for sure, the<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> woman is keen to wear the green of<br />

Ireland regardless of the format.<br />

“It’s so good for your mental health, just to get<br />

out and exercise in general and then being with<br />

such a competitive group, you always want to<br />

get better and always want to put your best foot<br />

forward.<br />

"What will be will be, whether it’s 15s or Sevens.<br />

I’m just ready to put on a green jersey, it has<br />

been a long, long time and I’m just ready to do<br />

it.”<br />

Her performances also saw her named on<br />

the World <strong>Rugby</strong> Sevens Series Dream Team<br />

for 2019 in addition to domestic accolades<br />

including <strong>Rugby</strong> Players Ireland’s Women’s<br />

Sevens Player of the Year in 2016, 2017 and<br />

2019 and <strong>Rugby</strong> Writers Ireland’s Women’s 7s<br />

Player of the Year award for 2019.<br />

With the Tipperary woman only turning 26 this<br />

year, there seems to be plenty of opportunities<br />

in the future to further consolidate her tryscoring<br />

prowess on the world stage. For now,<br />

however, it’s focussing on the 15s code and<br />

Murphy Crowe wants to follow in the footsteps<br />

of some of her Sevens colleagues like Katie<br />

Fitzhenry, Hannah Tyrrell and Brittany Hogan<br />

who all featured against Italy in the Women’s<br />

Six Nations in October after playing in Sydney<br />

eight months earlier.<br />

“I’ve had to dust off the cobwebs really because<br />

I haven’t played 15s in a while but the coaches,<br />

"Being brought in here has just<br />

been a massive opportunity<br />

for me. This has probably been<br />

the highlight of my year..."<br />

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS<br />

#<strong>Munster</strong>StartsHere<br />

RUGBY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT VISITS SHANNON RFC<br />

The <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Development Department<br />

paid a visit to Shannon RFC last month, prior to<br />

the current lockdown, to host a coaching and<br />

player development workshop across the club’s<br />

minis and youth sections.<br />

Shannon RFC has 520 registered children<br />

playing rugby from U6s right up the club’s<br />

U18.5s section. With all boys and girls teams<br />

participating, it provided a unique opportunity<br />

for <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong>’s <strong>Rugby</strong> Development<br />

Officers (RDOs), Coach & Player Development<br />

Officers (CPDOs) and Club & Community <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Officers (CCROs) to engage with the Shannon<br />

RFC coaches and volunteers.<br />

With non-contact training only permitted due<br />

to the current government restrictions, <strong>Munster</strong><br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> staff were able to assist the coaches in<br />

providing safe and fun sessions for the various<br />

age groups while also listening to feedback<br />

from the club’s coaches who have been<br />

working extremely hard over the last number of<br />

months in ensuring that children still have the<br />

opportunity to get outside, exercise and have<br />

fun with their friends.<br />

Many of Shannon’s coaches have also been<br />

participating in online <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> coaching<br />

courses, so the day’s events provided an<br />

opportunity to put into action what they have<br />

learned.<br />

“The whole idea was to be able to follow up on<br />

practical work that a number of the Shannon<br />

coaches have been doing on the online<br />

courses,” <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> RDO Gerry Casey<br />

said.<br />

“But also to engage with coaches from U6s to<br />

U18.5s both boys and girls. To give a different<br />

voice and maybe a different outlook on the way<br />

to coach."<br />

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"WE WANT TO GET<br />

EVERYBODY<br />

BACK OUT<br />

PLAYING"<br />

Colm McMahon<br />

We spoke to Head of <strong>Rugby</strong> Development<br />

Colm McMahon as he reflects on what was an<br />

unprecedented year for domestic rugby in the<br />

province.<br />

McMahon took up the role as Head of <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Development in January 2020 after spending<br />

over a decade working within the province in<br />

various roles including Coach Development<br />

Officer, Elite Player Development Officer in<br />

the Greencore <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Academy and<br />

interim forwards coach at the beginning of the<br />

2019/20 season ahead of Graham Rowntree's<br />

arrival to the province.<br />

With such broad experience, McMahon was<br />

keen to observe a 'normal' domestic season<br />

and to become aware of any changes to the last<br />

time he was involved in this area before making<br />

improvements to the overall game in the<br />

province. Of course, the onset of the COVID-19<br />

pandemic put a halt to any such plans as the<br />

Clare man explains:<br />

"It has been tough because we had to react in<br />

March when we were getting to some really<br />

exciting finals in the province and heading into<br />

playoffs in competitions. From that to stopping<br />

everything and being unable to finish the<br />

season.<br />

"We've had to react a lot but bearing in mind it's<br />

our job, that's part of something that we have to<br />

do. It's the volunteers at the clubs, the coaches,<br />

players, the volunteers, the safety officers who<br />

put their hands up to run compliance. They're<br />

working so hard to try to facilitate the game in<br />

their club or school at a time when it's really<br />

difficult and they're the ones that we'll keep<br />

remembering. If we can get it right and give<br />

them clear messages that they understand,<br />

then we've done a decent job.”<br />

When all rugby activity was halted in March,<br />

McMahon says that clear communication<br />

to clubs played a massive part of the rugby<br />

development department's role due to the<br />

numerous understandable concerns that clubs<br />

throughout the province would have had as a<br />

result of the pandemic.<br />

Thankfully, as the number of COVID cases<br />

in the country improved throughout the<br />

summer, training was allowed to resume and<br />

as McMahon explains, communication played<br />

a big role.<br />

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"Trying to support the excellent club volunteers<br />

who put their hands up as COVID safety officers<br />

and compliancy officers in clubs, giving them<br />

really clear messages and taking away any<br />

confusion was a big part of what we tried to do."<br />

During this time, the staff within the <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Development Department visited clubs<br />

and schools throughout the province to<br />

demonstrate what kind of sessions could be run<br />

whilst maintaining and adhering to government<br />

guidelines.<br />

"We went in and we showed the clubs the stuff<br />

we had been preaching that we felt was allowed<br />

through the guidelines. We got into some<br />

player development stuff as well in late July<br />

and in August. Again, I think because people<br />

had been away from the game for so long there<br />

was a huge buzz of being back and the young<br />

players we brought in enjoyed it. The staff went<br />

to clubs and worked there and showcased what<br />

could be done for the non-contact sessions<br />

and how you look after pods and the cleaning<br />

of the equipment. Stuff that has now become<br />

second nature but at the time was very new to<br />

everybody involved."<br />

getting an opportunity to get back to what the<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> Development Department normally do<br />

- creating a positive rugby experience in the<br />

province for anyone who wants to play or be<br />

involved in the sport.<br />

"We have a huge amount of time to reflect on<br />

how we did our business as a staff and as a<br />

department. We've done a lot of that. We had a<br />

lot of stuff lined up and ready to get back to but<br />

we're still playing that reaction game to COVID<br />

numbers and to government announcements.<br />

"We want to get everybody back out playing that<br />

wants to play the game. Get back to what we<br />

normally do which is to give people who haven't<br />

played the game of rugby an opportunity to<br />

play in a safe environment and create a good,<br />

positive rugby experience for them so that they<br />

want to play the game and get involved in it as<br />

much as possible. Be that in their school or in<br />

their club."<br />

Due to the nature of the pandemic and the everchanging<br />

situation surrounding what is or is<br />

not permissible, the roll-out of online webinars<br />

and other coaching resources were a key part<br />

of the strategy from the <strong>Rugby</strong> Development<br />

Department.<br />

"Keith Murphy and his team of coach and player<br />

development and rugby development officers,<br />

they have done a huge amount of work online to<br />

get messages out because that is the new way<br />

of getting messages out through Webinars and<br />

coaching content online. That has been really<br />

important and I know that again, coaches out<br />

in the clubs and schools have found that very<br />

useful."<br />

Looking ahead to 2021, McMahon is hoping<br />

that a more traditional domestic season isn't<br />

too far away and he is looking forward to<br />

"Trying to support the excellent<br />

club volunteers who put their<br />

hands up as COVID safety<br />

officers and compliancy officers<br />

in clubs, giving them really clear<br />

messages and taking away any<br />

confusion was a big part of what<br />

we tried to do."<br />

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Age: 28<br />

Position: Flyhalf<br />

Season Appearances: 9<br />

Points: 83<br />

Tries: 2<br />

Passes completed: 81<br />

Metres gained: 120<br />

Defenders beaten: 10<br />

Turnovers won: 2<br />

Tackles: 31<br />

Offloads: 2<br />

Try assists: 2<br />

Clean breaks: 3<br />

The 28-year-old Kerryman has played 133 times for <strong>Munster</strong>, with nine appearances this season<br />

that has seen him score 83 points so far, including two tries. In the Champions Cup thriller against<br />

Clermont Auvergne in Decembr he scored 24 of <strong>Munster</strong>'s 39 points with 9 successful kicks. He<br />

also picked up the Guinness PRO14 Player of the <strong>Match</strong> award against Zebre in November.<br />

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CLONAKILTY’S NEVILLE<br />

BURTON RECOGNISED<br />

and the Clonakilty Veterans at the club. This<br />

was followed up by a series of games between<br />

the two teams and the Sunday’s Well Rebels.<br />

Kate, Neville, Jack and Sinead Burton<br />

Nev also plays a role in the various inclusivity<br />

initiatives at the club which include reaching<br />

out to children from the local Direct Provision<br />

Centre and those in the LGBT and Traveller<br />

communities.<br />

The Ballyseedy Volunteer of the Month for<br />

December was awarded to Neville Burton of<br />

Clonakilty RFC for his hard work and dedication<br />

throughout 2020.<br />

Neville is the Chairman of <strong>Rugby</strong> at Clonakilty<br />

and he oversees the club’s Adult <strong>Rugby</strong>, Youth<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> and Minis <strong>Rugby</strong> programmes. Nev is<br />

also the head coach of the club’s U16 boys and<br />

assistant coach with the U14 girls.<br />

Neville was involved in a number of initiatives<br />

throughout 2020. At the beginning of the year<br />

when the first lockdown was implemented<br />

nationwide, Neville recorded a series of videos<br />

encouraging members and their families to<br />

support the club’s sponsors. This involved<br />

members of the club passing a rugby ball to<br />

each other outside different businesses in the<br />

town.<br />

With no rugby activity during the summer<br />

months, Neville organised a massive clean-up<br />

at the club which involved various groups and<br />

teams being set up to undertake activities such<br />

as power washing the changing rooms and<br />

clubhouse, painting doors, mending fences and<br />

installing safety barriers.<br />

At the beginning of the year, before lockdown,<br />

Nev assisted in organising a match between the<br />

West Cork Jesters Mixed Ability rugby team<br />

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Nev also produces a popular weekly video<br />

series, “The Clonakilty Weekly Wrap”, which<br />

provides a run-down of all the activities that<br />

have taken place at the club in the previous<br />

week.<br />

Speaking on receiving his award, a humbled<br />

Neville said:<br />

“Delighted. But a little bit embarrassed and<br />

quite humbled by it. I was completely caught<br />

off guard by it. It’s a lovely gesture and I’m very<br />

moved by it but slightly embarrassed because<br />

so many are putting in such a big shift in Clon<br />

RFC and we’ve been working hard on structures<br />

and working hard on everything that we’re<br />

doing. As a club, it’s nice to be recognised for<br />

what we’re doing.”<br />

The Ballyseedy Volunteer Recognition<br />

<strong>Programme</strong> rewards people working hard<br />

behind the scenes within clubs and schools<br />

throughout the province. This season’s<br />

programme runs from December 2020 to<br />

March 2021 with a reward scheme consisting<br />

of individual ‘Volunteer of the Month’ awards.<br />

Successful nominees who meet a set criteria<br />

were recognised for their efforts by receiving a<br />

prize package including;<br />

· ‘Volunteer of the Month’ Award<br />

· Ballyseedy Gift Hamper<br />

· One4All voucher<br />

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2020/21<br />

Date Fixture Where to watch<br />

Sat 3 Oct Scarlets 27-30 <strong>Munster</strong> Parc y Scarlets<br />

Sat 10 Oct <strong>Munster</strong> 25-23 Edinburgh <strong>Rugby</strong> Thomond Park<br />

Mon 26 Oct <strong>Munster</strong> 38 - 27 Cardiff Blues eir Sport, TG4, Premier Sports<br />

Sun 1 Nov Dragons 16 - 28 <strong>Munster</strong> eir Sport, Premier Sports<br />

Sun 15 Nov <strong>Munster</strong> 38-22 Ospreys eir Sport, S4C, Premier Sports<br />

Mon 23 Nov Glasgow Warriors 13-27 <strong>Munster</strong> Premier Sports, eir Sport<br />

Mon 30 Nov <strong>Munster</strong> 52-3 Zebre <strong>Rugby</strong> Club eir Sport, Premier Sports<br />

Sun 13 Dec <strong>Munster</strong> 21-7 Harlequins BT Sport, beIN Sports<br />

Sat 19 Dec<br />

Clermont Auvergne 31-39 <strong>Munster</strong> beIN Sports, BT Sport<br />

Sat 02 Jan Ulster 15-10 <strong>Munster</strong> eir Sport, Premier Sports<br />

Sat 09 Jan Connacht 10-16 <strong>Munster</strong> eir Sport, TG4, Premier Sports<br />

Sat 16 Jan <strong>Munster</strong> v Clermont Auvergne <strong>Match</strong> Postponed<br />

Sat 23 Jan Harlequins v <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Match</strong> Postponed<br />

Sat 23 Jan | 7.35pm <strong>Munster</strong> v <strong>Leinster</strong> eir Sport, Premier Sports<br />

Sat 30 Jan | 5pm Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> v <strong>Munster</strong> beIN Sports, BT Sport<br />

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