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Munster Rugby v Connacht Rugby Match Programme

Guinness PRO14 Round 14 | Find out all you need to know ahead of Munster v Connacht. Read what Head Coach Johann van Graan and Billy Holland had to say in the build up to the game. We catch up on the latest team news and hear from Ireland Women's player Laura Sheehan on her development and rise from her Beara peninsula roots. Following her recent passing we remember Cara O'Sullivan and her fantastic contribution to Munster Rugby over the years.

Guinness PRO14 Round 14 | Find out all you need to know ahead of Munster v Connacht.

Read what Head Coach Johann van Graan and Billy Holland had to say in the build up to the game.

We catch up on the latest team news and hear from Ireland Women's player Laura Sheehan on her development and rise from her Beara peninsula roots.

Following her recent passing we remember Cara O'Sullivan and her fantastic contribution to Munster Rugby over the years.

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME<br />

Our <strong>Munster</strong> A side played Ulster A in Dublin<br />

last Saturday with <strong>Munster</strong> winning on a 29-22<br />

score line. This game was welcome as it was<br />

a chance for some of our Senior, Academy<br />

and National Talent Squad players to get some<br />

valuable game time.<br />

This evening we welcome Head Coach Andy<br />

Friend and his <strong>Connacht</strong> squad for Round 14<br />

of the Guinness PRO14. A special mention<br />

and virtual welcome to <strong>Connacht</strong> Branch<br />

President Ann Heneghan who has created<br />

a bit of history by becoming the first woman<br />

to hold a Presidential role at provincial level.<br />

Congratulations to Ann from all in <strong>Munster</strong><br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> on your achievement. Hopefully we will<br />

get to meet in person in the not-too-distant<br />

future.<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> come into this game after overcoming<br />

Benetton last weekend in what was a hardfought<br />

away win. <strong>Munster</strong> also recorded a win<br />

away to Cardiff Blues, which sets this evening’s<br />

game up to be one of vital importance for<br />

both sides. The Irish provinces hold the top<br />

four spots in the league, and depending on<br />

this weekend’s results, we may know who will<br />

compete in the final on March 27, given that<br />

there are only two games left to be played.<br />

This should bring an added edge to the already<br />

highly competitive interpro games.<br />

The Six Nations campaign did not start<br />

according to plan, with Andy Farrell’s men<br />

losing the first two games but thankfully picking<br />

up a most welcome win in Rome last weekend.<br />

Congratulations to all our players involved in<br />

the Irish squad, and a special mention to Craig<br />

Casey in getting his first Irish cap - a proud day<br />

indeed for Craig and all his family.<br />

On the domestic front, the fantastic work being<br />

done by everybody continues with Move with<br />

<strong>Munster</strong>, Training Session Plans, and everything<br />

else that the staff and numerous committees<br />

are doing to keep all our players engaged and<br />

rugby focused. Better times are on the horizon<br />

and we look forward to the day when we can<br />

train, play a game and go as a spectator once<br />

again.<br />

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

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

their continued support.<br />

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

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

Seán McCullough<br />

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

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

squad our best wishes for tonight’s game.<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 CONNACHT<br />

ROUND 14 PREVIEW<br />

A mouth-watering weekend gets under way<br />

tonight when Conference B leaders <strong>Munster</strong><br />

host <strong>Connacht</strong>, who have the chance to cut the<br />

nine-point gap at the top.<br />

Chris Farrell is tackled by<br />

Tom Daly and Finlay Bealham<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> go into this crucial Conference B<br />

showdown on the back of three straight victories,<br />

with Bundee Aki’s late try against Benetton last<br />

weekend snatching victory from the home side.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> have also won three in a row since<br />

losing 13-10 at home to Leinster in January and<br />

have recent history on their side having won the<br />

last six meetings with <strong>Connacht</strong>.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> were 20-11 winners at Cardiff last<br />

weekend when Billy Holland came off the bench<br />

to become <strong>Munster</strong>’s second most-capped<br />

player of all time.<br />

CONFERENCE B TABLE<br />

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

1 <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> 13 11 0 2 6 50<br />

2 <strong>Connacht</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> 13 8 0 5 9 41<br />

3 Scarlets 14 7 0 7 6 34<br />

4 Cardiff Blues 14 6 0 8 2 26<br />

5 Edinburgh <strong>Rugby</strong> 12 4 0 8 4 20<br />

6 Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> 12 0 0 12 6 6<br />

HEAD TO HEAD 31 5 1<br />

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

MATCH FACTS<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> wins<br />

Draw<br />

• <strong>Munster</strong> have won the last three Guinness<br />

PRO14 fixtures since their 10-13 reversal at<br />

home to Leinster on 23 January. That defeat<br />

was <strong>Munster</strong>’s first at home since Leinster<br />

also beat them at Thomond Park in December<br />

2019.<br />

• <strong>Connacht</strong> have won their last three Guinness<br />

PRO14 fixtures since their 20-26 home defeat<br />

to Ospreys in Round 8.<br />

• <strong>Connacht</strong>’s most recent away defeat in the<br />

Championship was on a trip to Cardiff Blues<br />

on 10 October.<br />

• <strong>Munster</strong> have won their last six fixtures against<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> since <strong>Connacht</strong>’s 20-16 victory in<br />

Galway in October 2017 whilst <strong>Connacht</strong>’s<br />

only win on <strong>Munster</strong>’s soil since 1986 was at<br />

Thomond Park in November 2015.<br />

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THE INSIDE<br />

TRACK<br />

JOHANN VAN GRAAN<br />

On where <strong>Munster</strong> are at this stage of the<br />

season…<br />

“We’ve had a lot of very close games and we<br />

as a group see that as a big positive, that good<br />

teams win close games. In terms of the last<br />

few weeks, specifically we knew that we would<br />

come up against a very desperate Edinburgh<br />

side at home who were fighting for European<br />

qualification. We’ve had some big battles with<br />

them, and I thought we handled the conditions<br />

and we handled them pretty well in terms of<br />

the physical battle that they presented. Last<br />

weekend we came up against Cardiff who<br />

were kind of in the same boat with European<br />

qualification. We scored that try in the second<br />

half, and then the last ten minutes was a big<br />

battle. We managed to work our way up the field<br />

to score that fantastic maul try and conversion<br />

at the end. So we are winning in a lot of different<br />

ways against a lot of very good teams in a very<br />

tightly contested pool. We will always take an<br />

ugly win instead of a brilliant performance and<br />

losing the game.”<br />

On Billy Holland’s announcement that he will<br />

retire at the end of the season…<br />

“I’ll start with the person. This game that we<br />

play is about people. He’s a phenomenal man<br />

– I’ve said that before. Incredible family man,<br />

husband and father, friend to a lot of people. A<br />

real <strong>Munster</strong> man. I think ‘respect’ is one of the<br />

words that pops up, integrity, work rate, and the<br />

example that he sets for others. That’s what this<br />

club is all about. Billy has never been the guy<br />

who played 50 test matches, but he’s the guy<br />

who has turned up every single week for this<br />

club. We’ve got to give him that respect. He’ll<br />

be sorely missed, but as Billy and I discussed,<br />

this is not about goodbyes. This is just an<br />

announcement. We have still got a big season<br />

ahead of us. Still a long way to go in this season<br />

for him. An incredible human being.”<br />

On playing <strong>Connacht</strong> tonight…<br />

“All credit to them, I think they’ve won their last<br />

five games away from home and have played<br />

some brilliant rugby. I think the game that stands<br />

out for me is the away game against Racing 92,<br />

where they came very close to beating them<br />

in Paris. They’ve upped their physicality a lot,<br />

they’ve got very good structure and they got a<br />

very good coaching team and squad. We had<br />

a pretty close game at the start of the year in<br />

Galway and I’m sure this one will be the same.<br />

We are fighting to get into a final and so are<br />

they. We have three games left, whenever you<br />

play someone in your own pool it’s a big swing.<br />

There’s a lot to play for both teams.”<br />

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BILLY HOLLAND<br />

On making the decision to retire at the end of<br />

the season…<br />

“I still get the same buzz every time I put on the<br />

jersey. I still have the same sense of pride and<br />

honour that I did when I did it for the first time<br />

back in 2007. It’s the one thing that happens<br />

to every professional rugby player – you have<br />

to end at some stage and I’ve always wanted<br />

to finish while I’m playing well. I’ve seen guys<br />

in different clubs over the years perhaps stay<br />

on a year too long. I’ve too much respect for<br />

the jersey. Does that mean I feel I wouldn’t be<br />

playing well in 12 months’ time? Not necessarily,<br />

but you’ve got to make the decision at some<br />

stage. Professional rugby puts huge demands<br />

on you both physically and mentally. I’m 35, and<br />

I want to spend as much time with my family as<br />

possible, and it’s a big part of my life. There’s<br />

great talent coming up through <strong>Munster</strong>, the big<br />

man RG Snyman will be around a lot more next<br />

season, so there’ll be less game time, naturally.<br />

I’m very happy with my decision. Come to me<br />

in October and I’ll probably be regretting it and<br />

wishing I was out on the pitch but when the<br />

lads are doing pre-season in August, I’ll be very<br />

happy sitting at home.”<br />

On what he will miss the most…<br />

“What I’ll miss most is running out in Thomond<br />

Park on a Saturday night for a European game.<br />

That is the most incredible buzz. The adrenaline<br />

rush you get from that is impossible to replicate.<br />

I have some of my fondest memories playing<br />

for <strong>Munster</strong>, beating teams you have no right to<br />

beat, and playing against guys who are world<br />

class, and you are beating them on a Saturday<br />

night in Thomond Park in Europe. That is<br />

something I will miss. I don’t see rugby as a job.<br />

To have been paid for this for the last 14 years<br />

- I’m incredible lucky to have been able to do<br />

that. I’ll be able to spend more time with my<br />

family, which is a big positive and something<br />

that means a lot to me. But it’s never been a<br />

job, it’s a sport I’ve always loved playing and<br />

I’ll miss it.”<br />

On how the game has changed since he started<br />

as a professional…<br />

“I was watching highlights of the <strong>Munster</strong> v All<br />

Blacks game from 2008 recently, and I kind of<br />

half expected my old man to pop up in it. It’s<br />

absolutely mental. The ruck…it’s just carnage,<br />

there are guys just flying everywhere. There are<br />

about 10 red cards in the game if you look back<br />

on it, by today’s standards. Today’s game is a lot<br />

more structured. It changes year on year really.<br />

The attack gets better, and the defence will start<br />

getting the upper hand. There was a time when<br />

it was all about bulk, but it’s gone back to guys<br />

needing to be fitter and faster to exploit space.<br />

In terms of training and preparation there is no<br />

comparison. The analysis we do, the analysis of<br />

training, the work the coaches do, the work we<br />

do. It’s light years away from 14 years ago, but<br />

everyone is doing it, so everyone goes along at<br />

the same growth rate.”<br />

"I still get the same buzz every time I put on the jersey."<br />

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NEWSROUND<br />

Alex McHenry and Calvin Nash<br />

Jack Crowley and Jake Flannery<br />

Peter O'Mahony<br />

PLAYERS COMMIT TO MUNSTER<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> and the IRFU confirmed several<br />

player contract extensions for the province<br />

in recent week, all products of the provincial<br />

pathway.<br />

Brothers Niall and Rory Scannell, Jack<br />

O’Donoghue, Craig Casey, Shane Daly and<br />

Calvin Nash have all signed two-year extensions<br />

while Liam Coombes and Alex McHenry have<br />

put pen to paper on one-year deals.<br />

On Thursday it was announced that Peter<br />

O’Mahony has signed a two-year extension to<br />

his IRFU contract keeping him at <strong>Munster</strong> until<br />

2023.<br />

Two of the group, Shane Daly and Craig Casey,<br />

have both been capped for the first time for<br />

Ireland this season – Daly against Georgia in<br />

November and Casey against Italy last weekend.<br />

MUNSTER A WIN IN DUBLIN<br />

Tries from Cian Hurley, Jake Flannery, Jack<br />

Crowley and Alex Kendellen helped <strong>Munster</strong><br />

A to a 29-22 victory over Ulster A in Dublin<br />

last Saturday afternoon. Jack Crowley kicked<br />

two conversions while Jake Flannery added a<br />

conversion and penalty.<br />

The reduced squad of 19 featured a mix of<br />

senior, Academy and National Talent Squad<br />

members including four players that travelled<br />

to Cardiff on Friday for the province’s Guinness<br />

PRO14 encounter.<br />

Paddy Patterson, who was an unused<br />

replacement in <strong>Munster</strong>’s win against the<br />

Blues on Friday night, featured from the<br />

bench in Donnybrook while travelling extras<br />

Alex Kendellen, Diarmuid Barron and Josh<br />

Wycherley were also involved with Kendellen<br />

starting at 8.<br />

Tomorrow, <strong>Munster</strong> A travel to the Sportsground<br />

to play <strong>Connacht</strong> Eagles.<br />

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INTERNATIONAL<br />

ROUND UP<br />

Ireland claimed their first win of the Six Nations<br />

last weekend with a 48-10 win in Rome, in a<br />

game that saw <strong>Munster</strong>’s Craig Casey come off<br />

the bench for his first Irish cap after 63 minutes,<br />

and provincial teammate Tadhg Beirne awarded<br />

the Guinness Player of the <strong>Match</strong> in his 20th<br />

appearance for Ireland.<br />

CJ Stander scored Ireland’s bonus point try at<br />

the start of the second half – his 12th try in 49<br />

appearances while Keith Earls entered the fray<br />

for the second half and scored Ireland’s last try<br />

in the final minute of the game – his 33rd in the<br />

green jersey. Dave Kilcoyne was also part of the<br />

starting line-up and showed his superb form in<br />

an impressive display.<br />

Keith Earls reached the 90-cap milestone<br />

against France on 14 February, while Stander<br />

and Beirne were also named in the starting lineup<br />

for that game.<br />

Just two games remain in the tournament, with<br />

Ireland facing Scotland on Sunday week. If<br />

selected, CJ Stander looks set to win his 50th<br />

Irish cap in that game. Stander leads the way<br />

in the tournament for carries, with 47 carries<br />

in three games. Tadhg Beirne as also won more<br />

turnovers than any player in the tournament with 5.<br />

In other Six Nations news, congratulations to<br />

Joy Neville on becoming the first ever female<br />

Television <strong>Match</strong> Official in the Guinness Six<br />

Nations at the England v Scotland game on 6<br />

February last.<br />

It was also recently confirmed that the Women’s<br />

Six Nations will start on the weekend of 3/4 April<br />

and finishing on 24 April. This year’s tournament<br />

will see a new and condensed format similar<br />

to that of the recent Autumn Nations Cup,<br />

culminating in a grand final weekend to crown<br />

the Six Nations Champions 2021.<br />

In the opening game against Wales, CJ Stander,<br />

Keith Earls, Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and<br />

Tadhg Beirne were all in the starting XV, with<br />

Beirne also scoring Ireland's only try. Dave<br />

Kilcoyne came off the bench to win his 40th<br />

international cap.<br />

Joy Neville<br />

Craig Casey in action for<br />

Ireland against Italy last<br />

weekend<br />

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THE LOWDOWN<br />

THE COACHING TICKET<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong>'s Jarrad Butler celebrates with teammates<br />

THE FORM GUIDE<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> claimed a dramatic win in Treviso last<br />

Friday night with Irish international Bundee Aki<br />

touching down in the last minute of the game to<br />

snatch a 19-17 victory over the hosts. The win<br />

set a club record for most away wins in a row<br />

with five as they continue to chase <strong>Munster</strong> for<br />

the top spot in Conference B.<br />

While their European campaign saw them go<br />

down to Bristol Bears at home and narrowly<br />

defeated by Racing 92 in Paris, their Guinness<br />

PRO14 season has been hugely positive, with<br />

a highlight being <strong>Connacht</strong>’s convincing 24-<br />

35 win over Leinster in the RDS at the start of<br />

January. Tonight <strong>Connacht</strong> are looking for their<br />

fourth win in a row with consecutive wins in<br />

recent weeks against Dragons, Cardiff Blues<br />

and Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong>.<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> have scored 44 tries in the PRO14<br />

this season – the most in Conference B, with<br />

Alex Wootton scoring 9 of those, making him<br />

the joint top try scorer in the tournament this<br />

season so far, alongside Leinster's Scott Penny.<br />

The former <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Academy player<br />

also has the highest stats for metres gained,<br />

with a total of 599.<br />

Andy Friend joined <strong>Connacht</strong> in 2018 and<br />

recently extended his contract until the end of<br />

the 2022/23 season. Coaching since 1995, the<br />

Australian had previous stints with the Waratahs<br />

and the Brumbies. He joined Harlequins in 2005<br />

as Head Coach where he spent three seasons,<br />

and subsequently returned to the Brumbies<br />

as Head Coach where he remained until 2011.<br />

Friend also worked as a head coach in Japan<br />

for four seasons. On the international stage<br />

he worked as part of Eddie Jones’ Wallabies<br />

coaching team and guided the Australian U21<br />

team to the final of the World Championships<br />

in 2005. Prior to making the move to Galway,<br />

Friend was Head Coach of the Australian<br />

Sevens team. He is joined by Attack Coach<br />

Nigel Carolan, Forwards Coach Jimmy Duffy<br />

and Defence Coach Peter Wilkins.<br />

ONE TO WATCH<br />

Position: Wing<br />

Age: 26<br />

Born: Prestbury, UK<br />

Appearances: 14<br />

Tries: 10<br />

Metres gained: 754<br />

Defenders beaten: 34<br />

Carries: 91<br />

Tackles: 45<br />

ALEX WOOTTON<br />

On the international scene, Bundee Aki, Ultan<br />

Dillane, Dave Heffernan and Quinn Roux have<br />

all been involved in Andy Farrell’s Six Nations<br />

squad, with Dillane coming off the bench in the<br />

game against France on February 14 last.<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 (20 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 (41 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 (74 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 (49 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 (1 cap)<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 (91 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 (88 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 Niall Scannell Stephen Archer<br />

Fineen<br />

Billy Holland (C)<br />

Wycherley<br />

Jack<br />

O’Donoghue<br />

Chris Cloete<br />

Gavin Coombes<br />

Craig Casey<br />

Ben Healy<br />

Shane Daly<br />

Rory Scannell<br />

Chris Farrell<br />

Andrew Conway<br />

Mike Haley<br />

#MUNvCON<br />

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Replacements<br />

16. Kevin O'Byrne 17. Jeremy Loughman 18. John Ryan 19. Jean Kleyn<br />

20. Jack O'Sullivan 21. Nick McCarthy 22. Joey Carbery 23. Damian de Allende<br />

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CONNACHT RUGBY<br />

STARTING XV<br />

Denis Buckley<br />

Dave Heffernan<br />

Finlay Bealham<br />

Ultan Dillane<br />

Gavin Thornbury<br />

Jarrad Butler (C)<br />

Conor Oliver<br />

Paul Boyle<br />

Caolin Blade<br />

Jack Carty<br />

Matt Healy<br />

Bundee Aki<br />

Tom Daly<br />

John Porch<br />

Tiernan<br />

O’Halloran<br />

MATCH OFFICIALS<br />

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU)<br />

AR1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)<br />

AR2: Eoghan Cross (IRFU)<br />

TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)<br />

Replacements<br />

16. Shane Delahunt 17. Matthew Burke 18. Jack Aungier 19. Niall Murray<br />

20. Eoghan Masterson 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Sean O’Brien 23. Alex Wootton<br />

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SHEEHAN<br />

BIDING<br />

HER TIME<br />

In a regular season, Laura Sheehan would now<br />

be in the midst of a Six Nations championship<br />

but of course, Covid-19 has thrown the sporting<br />

calendar upside down in the last 12 months.<br />

Instead Ireland will play in a new format 2021<br />

Six Nations in April.<br />

West Cork native Laura Sheehan opted for<br />

a move to Devon just after Christmas to play<br />

with the Exeter Chiefs, where the season is up<br />

and running.<br />

“There’s not a lot of club rugby going on in<br />

Ireland and the AIL just got pulled, unfortunately.<br />

So, my thinking was just try to get a bit of game<br />

time and push on. I’ve been trying a lot over<br />

the last couple of years and haven’t played a lot<br />

of matches just through camps and Covid-19<br />

and things like that. So, I was mainly trying to<br />

get into a matchday squad and try to push for<br />

game time and get that experience. Even just<br />

trying out a new environment to freshen it up<br />

and try to push myself to improve and learn<br />

more as well and challenge myself a bit.”<br />

As a West Cork native from the Beara peninsula,<br />

Gaelic football played a big role in Sheehan’s<br />

underage sporting career and it wasn’t until<br />

she attended UCC that she first got her hands<br />

on the oval ball.<br />

“I started in UCC back when I was in college,”<br />

Sheehan said. “The usual day where you can<br />

sign up to all the clubs and societies and stuff.<br />

So, I signed up to rugby at the end of the day,<br />

and it took off from there. I really enjoyed it and<br />

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then after a couple of years in college, I joined<br />

Highfield and had a good couple of years with<br />

them. When I went to UL to do a Masters, I<br />

ended up joining UL Bohs. I had a great start. I<br />

was very lucky.”<br />

Acknowledging the huge role the close-knit<br />

community of volunteers who work tirelessly in<br />

the women’s game have played in her career,<br />

Sheehan is extremely grateful of being subject<br />

to the wealth of knowledge that was on offer<br />

from her time in UCC, Highfield and UL Bohs.<br />

“In UCC I had Helen Brosnan and Fi Hayes as<br />

my coaches who were both internationals,<br />

had serious careers and still do. They’re both<br />

coaching now and progressing through that<br />

pathway. They were massive. At the time when<br />

I joined UCC, it was just before they went to the<br />

World Cup, so they had Ali Miller training with<br />

us just before she broke onto the scene and had<br />

her hat-trick against England and stuff.<br />

“They were people like Zoe Grattage as well that<br />

broke onto the Irish team. We saw her pathway<br />

through <strong>Munster</strong> as well. Similarly, when I went<br />

up to Highfield, Nicola Scully who is a legend<br />

for <strong>Munster</strong> women’s rugby, she put so much<br />

time into myself.”<br />

Sheehan concluded: “Yeah, plenty of people. It<br />

was a great little bubble we had back in Cork in<br />

my formative years in rugby. Lots and lots of<br />

brilliant people.”<br />

Although biding her time for the next opportunity<br />

to pull on a green jersey, the establishment<br />

of the fixtures for 2021 Women’s Six Nations<br />

championship is a real boost. Her progression<br />

to the international arena is a testament to her<br />

determination and work-ethic but it’s also clear<br />

that the passion for women’s rugby in <strong>Munster</strong>,<br />

driven by hundreds of volunteers, had a major<br />

impact on her development.<br />

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LIVING WITH<br />

COVID-19<br />

The Government of Ireland have announced revisions to their Plan for Living with COVID-19.<br />

The IRFU understands many people will have<br />

questions about changes to current restrictions<br />

as they apply to rugby in the community.<br />

Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until<br />

April 5th 2021 at the earliest as follows:<br />

TRAINING<br />

People may meet with people from one other<br />

household in outdoor settings when taking<br />

exercise.<br />

No indoor or outdoor exercise group activities,<br />

including those involving children, should take<br />

place.<br />

MATCHES AND EVENTS<br />

Professional, elite sports, horse racing,<br />

greyhound racing and approved equestrian<br />

events only are permitted to continue behind<br />

closed doors.<br />

No other matches or events are to take place.<br />

GYMS, LEISURE CENTRES AND<br />

SWIMMING POOLS<br />

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools are<br />

closed.<br />

Source:https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/#exercise-and-sporting-events<br />

Should further clarity be provided around permitted rugby activity in clubs and schools, the IRFU<br />

will summarise this information and share it directly with our stakeholders.<br />

Any further information supplied by Sport Ireland will also be shared with clubs and schools.<br />

Updates from the Northern Ireland Executive will be shared with clubs and schools in Ulster.<br />

The IRFU are committed to mapping out a phased return to rugby activity for clubs and schools<br />

when it is safe and responsible to so.<br />

This will be based on suppression of the COVID-19 virus and the easing of current restrictions.<br />

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS<br />

JERSEYS OF MUNSTER ON DISPLAY AT THOMOND PARK<br />

Following on from the success of the ‘Be There’<br />

campaign with supporters’ portraits positioned<br />

in the East Stand of Thomond Park, today sees<br />

the first game in which the jerseys of <strong>Munster</strong>’s<br />

clubs and schools are displayed in the West<br />

Stand.<br />

As lockdown measures continue and everyone<br />

plays their part in the fight against Covid-19<br />

this campaign sees <strong>Munster</strong> joining forces with<br />

our clubs and schools, acknowledging the role<br />

the clubs and schools have played in paving<br />

the way for <strong>Munster</strong> to continue playing at<br />

this level. Our clubs and schools are central to<br />

every <strong>Munster</strong> squad that takes to the pitch and<br />

with three successive home Guinness PRO14<br />

games in March the province wishes to further<br />

highlight the importance of grassroots rugby<br />

during these challenging times.<br />

Head of <strong>Rugby</strong> Development, Colm McMahon,<br />

said: “We understand the challenges everyone<br />

is facing at this time, and we are hugely grateful<br />

for the work that is continuing behind the<br />

scenes.<br />

“While rugby in the community is on hold,<br />

we want to ensure our volunteers, players,<br />

coaches, and administrators know that they<br />

play an integral role in what we are doing on<br />

and off the pitch.<br />

“We are working closely with our volunteers to<br />

drive engagement across the rugby community<br />

and this display of our respective clubs' and<br />

schools’ jerseys is a representation of the very<br />

fabric of <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> and provides a timely<br />

reminder of what we can all look forward to on<br />

the return of grassroots rugby.”<br />

#JerseysOf<strong>Munster</strong><br />

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TRAINING SOLO<br />

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

have designed a weekly individual training<br />

programme aimed at players U13 and up<br />

(including adults) during the current Level 5<br />

restrictions.<br />

A weekly plan is being shared help support<br />

players and assist in keeping them active. This<br />

plan is most suitable for those involved in the<br />

15-a-side game.<br />

Click here for content to keep the Minis and<br />

Primary School aged children active during the<br />

current lockdown.<br />

Please visit the Coaching Children Playlist (U7-<br />

U12) on our YouTube channel (subscribe here)<br />

for previous videos and content from the last<br />

12 months.<br />

“MOVE WITH MUNSTER” CAMPAIGN<br />

The "Move With <strong>Munster</strong>" campaign continues,<br />

with <strong>Munster</strong>'s men's and women's players<br />

getting involved alongside the Club &<br />

Community <strong>Rugby</strong> Development coaches by<br />

hosting a series of live fitness workouts and<br />

fundamental movement challenges in order to<br />

promote a healthy level of activity.<br />

Club & Community <strong>Rugby</strong> Development Officer<br />

Dan O’Sullivan hosted live online lunchtime<br />

sessions every Tuesday and Thursday which<br />

focused on different bodyweight and strength &<br />

conditioning exercises and aimed at adolescents<br />

and adults.<br />

In addition to this, a series of fundamental<br />

movement videos are also being distributed to<br />

schools in <strong>Munster</strong> featuring demonstrations<br />

from players in both the <strong>Munster</strong> men and<br />

women’s senior squads, including Jean<br />

Kleyn, Joey Carbery, Dan Goggin and Eimear<br />

Considine, providing a useful PE resource for<br />

Primary School children who can carry them out<br />

at home during this lockdown, at the weekends,<br />

or for when schools return.<br />

#MoveWith<strong>Munster</strong><br />

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STAND UP<br />

AND FIGHT<br />

Cara O'Sullivan<br />

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REMEMBERING<br />

CARA<br />

It is with great sadness that we learned of the<br />

passing of the late Cara O’Sullivan in January<br />

after an illness.<br />

For more than a decade, Cara was a huge fan<br />

favourite at <strong>Munster</strong> matches, ever since her<br />

first appearance against Sale Sharks in the<br />

old Thomond Park in 2006, where she sang<br />

alongside a piano that had been wheeled onto<br />

the side of the pitch for the occasion.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> were on a roll that season, going on<br />

to win a first European title, and Cara was part<br />

of that story, singing at the quarter-final against<br />

Perpignan at Lansdowne Road and the final in<br />

Cardiff in May 2006.<br />

Merging rugby with opera may not seem<br />

so out of the ordinary nowadays, but it was<br />

an anomaly at the time and very unique to<br />

<strong>Munster</strong>. <strong>Munster</strong>’s link to the dramatic music<br />

genre was already in its DNA, with “Stand Up<br />

and Fight” traced back to Bizet’s opera Carmen<br />

and famously introduced by Brian O’Brien to<br />

<strong>Munster</strong>.<br />

Cara's special musical gift and her love of<br />

rugby perfectly intertwined on match days,<br />

demonstrating how music can inspire and align<br />

players and fans alike. She helped to bring the<br />

fans to fever pitch as the <strong>Munster</strong> team ran<br />

out, ensuring both players and fans were all<br />

moving with singular purpose. Her passionate<br />

performances of ‘Stand Up and Fight’ before<br />

kick off set the tone for plenty of on-field<br />

passion that followed. She was inspired by the<br />

men in red, and she in turn inspired them and<br />

the supporters.<br />

© Frances Marshall from Marshall Light Studio<br />

Cara had an incredible career performing on<br />

the biggest opera stages of the world and is<br />

acknowledged as one of the greatest voices<br />

Ireland has ever produced. To put it mildly,<br />

Cara was a world class superstar in the opera<br />

world and beloved as a performer, illustrated<br />

by the huge outpouring of tributes in Ireland<br />

and internationally on her passing. Her greatest<br />

roles of course were that of mother, daughter,<br />

sister and friend.<br />

Whether performing solo in the early years, or<br />

accompanied by the MRSC Choir, Cara came<br />

to the games with purpose, with a job to do,<br />

and took it very seriously. A consummate<br />

professional, she was unrelenting in her quest<br />

to do her best for <strong>Munster</strong> and for the team.<br />

For three minutes, the pitch was her stage, her<br />

audience in the palm of her hand, and Thomond<br />

Park the grandest theatre of them all.<br />

Thank you, Cara.<br />

Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis<br />

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HOLLAND<br />

BILLY<br />

Age: 35<br />

Position: Lock<br />

Season Appearances: 11<br />

Tries: 1<br />

Passes completed: 50<br />

Carries: 33<br />

Tackles: 113<br />

Offloads: 4<br />

Lineouts won: 25<br />

Lineout steals: 2<br />

Last Friday night Billy Holland overtook Ronan O'Gara's 240 caps for <strong>Munster</strong> and became <strong>Munster</strong>'s<br />

second most capped player of all time, behind Donncha O'Callaghan's record of 268 appearances.<br />

He topped off winning his 240th cap two weeks ago against Edinburgh with a Guinness PRO14<br />

Player of the <strong>Match</strong> performance. He has made 11 appearances this season, scoring a try against<br />

Glasgow Warriors in November. While he announced earlier this week that he will retire at the<br />

end of this season, Billy has shown week in week out that he is in the form of his career and is<br />

determined to end on a high.<br />

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“GAMECHANGER”<br />

FOR SCARIFF RFC<br />

that the generosity displayed by 30 members of<br />

the club was the crucial final piece of the puzzle.<br />

It has taken years of research, hard work,<br />

fundraising and ambition but Scariff RFC are<br />

almost at the finishing line with the approaching<br />

completion of their new indoor pitch.<br />

The indoor facility will consist of a 40x20m<br />

state-of-the-art 4G pitch and President Michael<br />

Madden describes it as a “gamechanger” for<br />

the East Clare club.<br />

“We were watching a lot of New Zealand videos<br />

of different things they are doing down there.<br />

They seem to be doing them all inside, in indoor<br />

sheds and things like that. Their weather is<br />

something similar to our own so that got into<br />

our heads. The finances had to be taken into it<br />

but that was the idea of where it came from.”<br />

“Financially, it’s hopefully going to be a great<br />

addition to the club. As well as that, the amount<br />

of training sessions that we used to have<br />

called off because we would do a lot of our<br />

training sessions on the Friday night because<br />

we’d be playing on the Sunday. This will be a<br />

gamechanger.<br />

“We can train now; teams can train on different<br />

nights during the week. We’ll be able to do full<br />

contact on it and it will finally add to the picture<br />

that we will have every facility possible in the<br />

club. They will either want to play or they don’t<br />

want to play but they will be left with no excuse<br />

not to.”<br />

The club have undertaken numerous<br />

fundraising initiatives over the years to help<br />

finance the development, but Madden explains<br />

“What’s really finished (the project) is that we’ve<br />

managed to get 30 guys in the club to give<br />

€1,000 for 10-year membership and without<br />

that, we wouldn’t have been able to finish it.<br />

Over the last three or four years, everything that<br />

we’ve been raising…we’ve done tons. We did a<br />

boxing night, we did poker classics, we’ve done<br />

Lottos. The committee has worked its socks off<br />

to get this thing over the line. Hopefully, what<br />

we’ve done for the club will stand for the next<br />

50 years.”<br />

The club has experienced huge growth in<br />

its underage numbers in recent years. A<br />

rebranding of the club’s underage teams to the<br />

‘East Clare Titans’ was undertaken to put the<br />

message out there that they welcome all young<br />

people in the larger vicinity rather than those<br />

solely connected to Scariff.<br />

“So, by calling it East Clare Titans, it’s an East<br />

Clare team for rugby. We have people from all<br />

different areas now. We started off with maybe<br />

four or five kids nearly eight or nine years ago<br />

and now we have an U13s, an U14s…We’ve<br />

good numbers at every level. We could always<br />

do with five or ten more at each level, but we<br />

have numbers that we’ve never seen before in<br />

the club at every level. Hopefully, that’s enough<br />

to drive it on.”<br />

Madden says that the facility is almost near<br />

completion and hopes for it to be finished by the<br />

middle of March. Although it will likely be some<br />

time before the club’s players get an opportunity<br />

to experience the fruits of all the hard work that<br />

has been done over the last few years, Madden<br />

believes it is a huge achievement.<br />

“It’s amazing. I’ve been down there just to walk<br />

around and it’s going to be a huge addition to<br />

East Clare. There’s nothing of its like in Clare<br />

anyway so we’ll definitely be the first. For a<br />

small club like ours, it’s a huge achievement<br />

once we get it over the line.”<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 <strong>Connacht</strong> 10-16 <strong>Munster</strong> eir Sport, TG4, Premier Sports<br />

Sat 23 Jan <strong>Munster</strong> 10-13 Leinster eir Sport, Premier Sports<br />

Sat 30 Jan Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> 16-18 <strong>Munster</strong> beIN Sports, BT Sport<br />

Sat 20 Feb Edinburgh 10-22 <strong>Munster</strong> Premier Sports, TG4<br />

Fri 26 Feb Cardiff Blues 11-20 <strong>Munster</strong> Premier Sports, TG4<br />

Fri 5 Mar | 7:35pm <strong>Munster</strong> v <strong>Connacht</strong> Premier Sports, Eir Sport<br />

Fri 12 Mar | 8pm <strong>Munster</strong> v Scarlets Premier Sports, TG4<br />

Fri 19 Mar | 6pm <strong>Munster</strong> v Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> Premier Sports, TG4<br />

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