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Munster Rugby v Benetton Rugby Match Programme

Guinness PRO14 Round 16 | Find out all you need to know ahead of Munster v Benetton. Read what Forwards Coach Graham Rowntree and utility back Liam Coombes had to say in the build up to the game. We have an interview with Ireland Women's international Anna Caplice on her successful rugby pathway from Mallow RFC. We also caught up with Women’s Committee Chairperson Wendy Keenan recently to discuss the development of the female game in the province and her hopes for the future once on-pitch activity returns.

Guinness PRO14 Round 16 | Find out all you need to know ahead of Munster v Benetton.

Read what Forwards Coach Graham Rowntree and utility back Liam Coombes had to say in the build up to the game.

We have an interview with Ireland Women's international Anna Caplice on her successful rugby pathway from Mallow RFC.

We also caught up with Women’s Committee Chairperson Wendy Keenan recently to discuss the development of the female game in the province and her hopes for the future once on-pitch activity returns.

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME<br />

Tonight, we welcome Kieran Crowley and his<br />

<strong>Benetton</strong> team to Thomond Park for the final<br />

round of the Guinness PRO14. <strong>Munster</strong> are<br />

already in the final and undoubtedly this is a<br />

game that all involved in will be fully focused<br />

on and will take nothing for granted.<br />

Our best wishes to Johann and all the squad<br />

in tonight’s game and of course in the allimportant<br />

final next weekend in Dublin.<br />

Last weekend, as we were all watching the<br />

Scarlets game from home, to see the 1000+<br />

portraits and the 100 or so club and schools'<br />

jerseys is a testament of who we are and what<br />

we represent.<br />

While our domestic game is still on hold, the<br />

incredible work behind the scenes is ongoing.<br />

This involves all the Chairpersons, Secretaries<br />

and members of our <strong>Rugby</strong>, Senior clubs,<br />

Junior Clubs, Women’s, Schools, Age Grade,<br />

Youths, and Competitions committees. This<br />

is in conjunction and with the full support of<br />

all our professional staff, from our CEO to our<br />

Head of <strong>Rugby</strong> Development, his team and<br />

everyone involved in <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong>. While<br />

there are some competitions that may not<br />

happen, at no stage was there ever a thought of<br />

"let’s leave it until the start of next season." The<br />

main focus is that we are primed and ready to<br />

go when we are allowed to do so. This involves<br />

a wide range of activities being put together<br />

to cover all eventualities. To all involved in this<br />

process, there is great credit due to the effort,<br />

commitment and having the foresight to make<br />

sure that going forward into the immediate<br />

future, our players and volunteers will be fully<br />

engaged with our schools and clubs.<br />

The news of CJ Stander’s retirement will of<br />

course come as a shock to everyone. A lot<br />

has been said and written about CJ in the last<br />

number of days. When CJ arrived here in 2012,<br />

he immediately embraced the ‘<strong>Munster</strong> way’,<br />

and I know I speak for all of us when I say that<br />

the <strong>Munster</strong> Family in turn embraced CJ. One<br />

of our recent <strong>Munster</strong> Presidents was asked<br />

near the end of his term what was the highlight<br />

of his year - he instantly replied that it was the<br />

hour and 30 minutes he sat beside CJ on a flight<br />

to an away game. That simply epitomizes CJ.<br />

Our best wishes to CJ, his wife Jean-Marié and<br />

daughter Everli in their next chapter.<br />

Once again, our thanks to our main sponsor<br />

Bank of Ireland, our kit supplier adidas and all<br />

our sponsors for their continued support.<br />

Seán 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 BENETTON<br />

ROUND 16 PREVIEW<br />

The final round of the Guinness PRO14 takes place<br />

this weekend but with several teams still having<br />

games in hand, the battle for spots in Europe’s elite<br />

competition may not be settled over the next few<br />

days.<br />

History will be made tonight in Thomond Park<br />

when Hollie Davidson takes charge of the match<br />

between <strong>Munster</strong> and <strong>Benetton</strong>. Joy Neville will<br />

serve as Television <strong>Match</strong> Official, making this the<br />

first time in top-tier men's professional club rugby<br />

fixture that both the referee and TMO roles are<br />

filled by female officials.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> are already in the final and wrap up the<br />

Conference phase against <strong>Benetton</strong>, who were the<br />

last Italian team to beat <strong>Munster</strong> in any competition<br />

seven and a half years ago.<br />

Hanrahan to give a much-changed <strong>Munster</strong> side an<br />

18-16 victory at the end of January.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> extended their winning run in the PRO14<br />

to five games with last Friday’s 28-10 victory over<br />

Scarlets thanks to tries from Gavin Coombes,<br />

Shane Daly, Niall Scannell and Kevin O’Byrne.<br />

<strong>Benetton</strong> were in sight of a first victory of the PRO14<br />

season on Sunday when they took an 11-point lead<br />

approaching half-time, only to succumb to a 29-14<br />

defeat against the Cardiff Blues.<br />

Billy Holland is tackled<br />

by Juan-Ignacio Brex<br />

Their last two meetings have been settled by just<br />

two points and it took a last-gasp drop goal from JJ<br />

CONFERENCE B TABLE<br />

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

1 <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> 15 13 0 2 7 59<br />

2 Connacht <strong>Rugby</strong> 15 8 0 7 11 43<br />

3 Scarlets 15 7 0 8 6 34<br />

4 Cardiff Blues 15 7 0 8 3 31<br />

5 Edinburgh <strong>Rugby</strong> 13 5 0 8 4 24<br />

6 <strong>Benetton</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> 13 0 0 13 6 6<br />

HEAD TO HEAD 15 3 0<br />

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

• <strong>Munster</strong> have not been defeated by an Italian<br />

opponent in any competition since today’s<br />

adversaries, <strong>Benetton</strong>, won 29-19 at Stadio<br />

Monigo in September 2013.<br />

• <strong>Benetton</strong>’s most recent victory away at an<br />

Irish Province was 17-15 against Leinster at<br />

the RDS Arena in April 2018.<br />

• <strong>Munster</strong> have won their last eleven PRO14<br />

clashes with <strong>Benetton</strong> and have never lost at<br />

home to the Italian outfit.<br />

MATCH FACTS<br />

<strong>Benetton</strong> wins<br />

Draws<br />

• Gavin Coombes leads the way in <strong>Munster</strong><br />

with tries scored, picking up his 8th try in the<br />

competition last weekend. Gavin also has the<br />

most successful carries to date across the<br />

tournament with 78.<br />

• <strong>Benetton</strong>’s Jayden Hayward lies in second<br />

place in the ‘metres gained’ stats with 642,<br />

just ahead of Mike Haley on 635.<br />

• <strong>Munster</strong>’s Chris Cloete has turned over more<br />

ball than any other player in the tournament to<br />

date with 14 turnovers.<br />

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THE INSIDE<br />

TRACK<br />

GRAHAM ROWNTREE<br />

On his reaction to CJ’s retirement<br />

announcement earlier this week…<br />

“What a loss. Gutted. So sorry to see him go.<br />

Delighted he’s doing it on his terms. There’s<br />

plenty of rugby for him to play before he does<br />

it. What a shock to us all. Great bloke. Great<br />

rugby player, but great bloke more importantly.<br />

We’ll miss him around here. Literally some big<br />

shoes to fill. It’s day in day out. Every session he<br />

empties the tank. Every game he usually plays<br />

80 minutes. He gives his all every session. He<br />

is such a good guy around the place. Humble,<br />

professional but warm as well. He loves a bit<br />

of craic, as everyone does here. He’ll be a<br />

big character to replace. I can’t speak highly<br />

enough about the bloke. He’s one of the best<br />

guys I’ve worked with.”<br />

On losing two big characters after Billy<br />

announced his retirement also recently…<br />

“Big characters. Both guys I’ve grown to really<br />

like having admired them play from afar. I got<br />

to work with CJ on the last Lions Tour. Getting<br />

to know Billy, and how he operates…they are<br />

great for the young lads and will be tough to<br />

replace. But what we are finding is that we are<br />

developing some guys who are able to replace<br />

them.”<br />

On last weekend's win over Scarlets…<br />

“I was delighted with the performance. We<br />

targeted areas where we wanted to try and<br />

establish ourselves, get a foothold in the game.<br />

I was really pleased for Joey. He’s had his<br />

frustrations for the last year, 18 months, and<br />

also some of the young lads that are getting<br />

game as well. I thought Alex Kendellen was<br />

fantastic off the bench, he had to come on early<br />

on. All round, job done last Friday night and<br />

then we move on to this one.”<br />

On how some of the younger players have<br />

developed this season…<br />

“They’ve done well. They are missing game<br />

time. They are missing the AIL. With that in mind<br />

we’ve had them training with us as much as<br />

possible, every day. If you think about it, they’ve<br />

been training with us on deck every day. They’re<br />

doing live maul, lineouts, lineout competition,<br />

live scrum. They are getting as much live<br />

practice day in day out. That’s developed them.<br />

What we have found is that when we put in the<br />

youngsters, they are delivering. That pulls along<br />

all the other youngsters as well. Now is the time<br />

to really trust our squad and bring these guys in<br />

and let them play.”<br />

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LIAM COOMBES<br />

On his season so far…<br />

“With Covid, there has been limited<br />

opportunities for fellas, we just had to adapt,<br />

and I think we’ve adapted well all season.<br />

Whatever chances I got, whatever chances<br />

any young fella got, it was about taking them<br />

and adding to the squad. I think we’ve done<br />

it really well this season. Whenever someone<br />

was missing, or someone was given a chance,<br />

whoever stepped in has done the job and<br />

performed well so it's been good on that side.<br />

There’s been extra A games this season, and<br />

that’s given us extra game time. Those games<br />

have been very competitive. Being interpros,<br />

there’s a bit of extra spice to them. They’ve<br />

been very high-quality games. We’ve really<br />

enjoyed them, tried to put our best foot forward<br />

in the squad so we can push for selection in the<br />

PRO14.”<br />

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

“I think they’ve been quite unlucky this year.<br />

They haven’t got a win yet this season but<br />

there’s been a lot of small moments at the<br />

end of games that have cost them. Against us<br />

with the drop goal, against Connacht the last<br />

play of the game with a try off a maul. Even in<br />

recent years, the last time we played them in<br />

the quarter-final, I think it was a JJ kick from<br />

the half-way line that won it. We were lucky<br />

to get through that one. They’ve had a lot of<br />

disruptions this season with Covid and a lot of<br />

players away in the Italian set up, so I think it’s<br />

a really big challenge this weekend and we are<br />

really focused on it.”<br />

On being selected at outside centre earlier this<br />

season…<br />

“I really enjoyed it to be honest, got more hands<br />

on the ball. Probably the biggest difference<br />

between wing and centre is the physicality and<br />

decision-making in defence. But I really enjoyed<br />

the challenge and felt I did quite well. The more<br />

game time I get there, the better I will get. Any<br />

A games I get to play there in the centre will<br />

only add to my skillset.”<br />

On CJ’s announcement…<br />

“It came as a shock to everyone. He will be<br />

a massive loss to the squad in terms of<br />

his talent, he’s an unbelievable player.<br />

Probably one of the best ball carriers<br />

in the squad and the country. He’s<br />

an unbelievable leader in the group<br />

as well. Since I came into the setup,<br />

he’s been a senior player and really<br />

drives people on. He will be missed.<br />

We are lucky we have him for the last<br />

few months of the season. I’m sure he will want<br />

to win a trophy as a send-off. So there are no<br />

goodbyes yet.”<br />

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MUNSTER IN THE<br />

COMMUNITY<br />

Irish Heart Foundation<br />

ambassador Shane Daly<br />

Jack Daly, Cian Hurley, Eoghan Clarke and Keynan Knox<br />

commit to the Freezbrury Challenge for Pieta House<br />

Kevin O’Byrne an advocate for<br />

Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health<br />

Keynan Knox, Cian Hurley, Jack Daly and<br />

Eoghan Clarke in the River Shannon<br />

Despite the current restrictions <strong>Munster</strong> players<br />

are continuing to show their support for well<br />

deserving charities and much needed services<br />

during this time.<br />

While following all the government measures<br />

the players are supporting charity efforts<br />

within the guidelines and using their online<br />

platforms to raise awareness and funding for<br />

vital resources.<br />

Keynan Knox, Jack Daly, Eoghan Clarke and<br />

Cian Hurley put their recovery time to good use<br />

when taking part in the recent ‘Freezbruary’<br />

campaign in support of Pieta House. For the<br />

month of February, the quartet committed to<br />

the endurance challenge building up their time<br />

spent in the cold water of the River Shannon.<br />

Several players joined at different stages, but it<br />

was Knox, Daly, Clarke and Hurley who showed<br />

great resilience to complete the daily challenge<br />

in support of Pieta House while raising vital<br />

funds.<br />

Kevin O’Byrne recently linked up with with<br />

Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental<br />

Health as an advocate. O’Byrne got straight<br />

down to business by supporting the Jigsaw<br />

challenge and he too recruited his teammates<br />

when targeting the 1200km activity goal over<br />

five days.<br />

Neil Cronin, RG Snyman, Calvin Nash and Rhys<br />

Marshall helped Kevin with a mix of activities<br />

including daily walks, runs and bike time in the<br />

gym to complete the challenge while raising<br />

awareness for Jigsaw’s essential services.<br />

Last month also saw the Irish Heart Foundation<br />

lead with their Valentine’s Day campaign and<br />

Shane Daly announced his new ambassador<br />

role with the well-known charity.<br />

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Tadhg Beirne in action against<br />

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INTERNATIONAL RUGBY<br />

ROUND UP<br />

Ireland’s 24-27 win over Scotland last Sunday was<br />

their second win of the Six Nations Championship,<br />

the result seeing them climbing to second place<br />

in the table with one game to play. France and<br />

Scotland have a game in hand due to their clash<br />

being postponed.<br />

For the second game in row, <strong>Munster</strong>’s Tadhg<br />

Beirne picked up the Guinness Six Nations<br />

Player of the <strong>Match</strong> award for his outstanding<br />

performance, which included scoring Ireland's<br />

third try early in the second half – his second of<br />

the tournament. The game also saw CJ Stander,<br />

who announced he will retire from rugby at the<br />

end of the season earlier this week, earn his<br />

50th cap for Ireland.<br />

Keith Earls was surely also in contention for the<br />

Player of the <strong>Match</strong> award for his impressive<br />

performance on the wing, with Dave Kilcoyne<br />

also playing his part off the bench.<br />

CJ Stander continues to lead the tournament<br />

stats with 64 carries while Tadhg Beirne’s 7<br />

turnovers puts him in joint first place with his<br />

teammate Iain Henderson.<br />

Ireland play England tomorrow in Dublin in their<br />

last game of the tournament at 4.45pm.<br />

CJ Stander and<br />

Keith Earls after<br />

the game against<br />

Scotland last<br />

Sunday<br />

POS TEAM PL W D L PF PA DIFF TF TA TB LB PTS<br />

1 Wales 4 4 0 0 134 71 63 17 7 3 0 19<br />

2 Ireland 4 2 0 2 104 70 34 10 8 1 2 11<br />

3 France 3 2 0 1 85 46 39 11 4 1 1 10<br />

4 England 4 2 0 2 94 89 5 10 9 1 1 10<br />

5 Scotland 3 1 0 2 59 58 1 7 6 0 2 6<br />

6 Italy 4 0 0 4 45 187 -142 5 26 0 0 0<br />

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THE LOWDOWN<br />

THE FORM GUIDE<br />

<strong>Benetton</strong> may lie in 6th position in Conference<br />

B and not yet registered a win this season, but<br />

that doesn’t quite tell the full story, which has<br />

seen the Italian side come tantalisingly close<br />

on a number of occasions and lose by just the<br />

narrowest of margins. In November, Ospreys<br />

won by two points at the Liberty Stadium. In<br />

January, <strong>Munster</strong> got the edge over <strong>Benetton</strong><br />

also by two points to take the win, while at<br />

the end of February, Connacht scraped a 17-<br />

19 win over <strong>Benetton</strong> with a dramatic last<br />

minute score by Bundee Aki snatching the<br />

win. In fact, <strong>Benetton</strong> have picked up six losing<br />

bonus points in thirteen games. With 27 tries<br />

in the tournament, they’ve touched down more<br />

times than Cardiff Blues, Edinburgh and Zebre<br />

this season. With 43 tries scored against them,<br />

they’ve leaked less tries than Dragons and Zebre<br />

and just two more than Glasgow Warriors. Last<br />

weekend they played Cardiff Blues and despite<br />

being ahead 14-10 at half-time, a second half<br />

surge from the Welsh side saw <strong>Benetton</strong> lose<br />

14-29 at home.<br />

THE COACHING TICKET<br />

Former All Black Kieran Crowley arrived in<br />

Treviso in 2016, having led previously at<br />

Taranaki from 1998-2007, and coaching the<br />

New Zealand U19 team to World Championship<br />

success in 2007. He became head coach of<br />

Canada in 2008, taking them to two <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

World Cups. <strong>Benetton</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> reached the<br />

Guinness PRO14 quarter-finals for the first time<br />

in the club's history in 2019, running <strong>Munster</strong><br />

close in that game. He also won the PRO14<br />

‘Coach of the Year’ award in 2019, the first coach<br />

of an Italian franchise to win this accolade. It<br />

was announced in January that Crowley is set<br />

to leave <strong>Benetton</strong> at the end of this season.<br />

His backroom team includes former Italy and<br />

Gloucester lock Marco Bortolami as lineout/<br />

forwards coach, South African Marius Goosen<br />

as defence coach, who also has a dual role<br />

with the Italian national side, and former Italy<br />

internationals Fabio Ongaro as forwards/scrum<br />

coach and backs coach Ezio Galon.<br />

In the European Challenge Cup, <strong>Benetton</strong><br />

defeated Stade Francais 20-44 in Paris in<br />

Round 1, scoring seven tries in the process.<br />

While their second round game against Agen<br />

was cancelled, they will get their chance to face<br />

the French side in the upcoming 'Round of 16'<br />

in early April.<br />

Italy coach Franco Smith included fifteen<br />

<strong>Benetton</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> players in his Six Nations squad<br />

which was announced in January, including<br />

Marco Riccioni, Cherif Traore, Gianmarco<br />

Lucchesi, Niccolò Cannone, Marco Lazzaroni,<br />

Michele Lamaro, Sebastian Negri, Federico<br />

Ruzza, Callum Braley, Tommaso Allan, Paolo<br />

Garbisi, Juan Ignacio Brex, Monty Ioane, Luca<br />

Sperandio and Marco Zanon.<br />

ONE TO WATCH<br />

Position: Utility Back<br />

Age: 34<br />

Born: Hawera, New Zealand<br />

Height: 6’0”<br />

Weight: 90kg<br />

2020/21 Appearances: 12<br />

Try assists: 4<br />

Metres gained: 642<br />

Carries: 97<br />

Offloads:14<br />

Tackles: 31<br />

Honours: Italy<br />

(26 caps)<br />

JAYDEN HAYWARD<br />

*current season stats –<br />

Guinness PRO14<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 (21 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 (42 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 (50 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 />

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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 (92 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 />

Liam O'Connor Diarmuid Barron Keynan Knox Cian Hurley Thomas Ahern<br />

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O'Donoghue (C)<br />

Chris Cloete<br />

Jack O'Sullivan<br />

Paddy Patterson<br />

JJ Hanrahan<br />

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Rory Scannell<br />

Alex McHenry<br />

Andrew Conway<br />

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BENETTON RUGBY<br />

STARTING XV<br />

Nicola Quaglio<br />

Tomas Baravalle<br />

Filippo Alongi<br />

Irné Herbst<br />

Eli Colin Snyman<br />

Alberto Sgarbi<br />

Manuel Zuliani<br />

Giovanni<br />

Pettinelli<br />

Dewaldt<br />

Duvenage (C)<br />

Tommaso Allan<br />

Angelo Esposito<br />

Luca Morisi<br />

Joaquin Riera<br />

Iliesa Ratuva<br />

Tavuyara<br />

Jayden Hayward<br />

MATCH OFFICIALS<br />

Referee: Hollie Davidson (SRU)<br />

AR1: Frank Murphy (IRFU)<br />

AR2: Rob O’Sullivan (IRFU)<br />

TMO: Joy Neville (IRFU)<br />

Replacements<br />

16. Corniel Els 17. Thomas Gallo 18. Tiziano Pasquali 19. Nicola Piantella<br />

20. Marco Barbini 21. Luca Petrozzi 22. Tommaso Benvenuti 23. Leonardo Sarto<br />

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“THERE’S A PLACE<br />

FOR EVERYONE”<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> caught up with Women’s<br />

Committee Chairperson Wendy Keenan<br />

recently to discuss the development of the<br />

female game in the province and her hopes for<br />

the future once on-pitch activity returns.<br />

With the domestic game on hold for a significant<br />

portion of the last 12 months, Keenan admits<br />

there is disappointment that some of their<br />

exciting plans were put on hold but the former<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> player admits she is excited for when<br />

rugby does return considering the growth of<br />

the women’s game in <strong>Munster</strong>, particularly at<br />

underage and Minis level.<br />

“There’s a place for everyone,” Keenan says<br />

about the inclusivity of rugby in the province.<br />

“What’s important is that we promote<br />

participation and engagement with the group at<br />

all levels. It doesn’t have to be at a competitive<br />

level. Some girls just want to play for the<br />

camaraderie, that aspect of it. That’s important<br />

that we take that into consideration as well as<br />

a committee and we provide opportunities for<br />

girls to just play rugby.<br />

“They can attend blitz days and we often<br />

use Barbarians style blitz days. That’s been<br />

hugely successful, especially around the<br />

development of the adult game. In 2019 we<br />

did those development days and they were<br />

hugely popular. It’s definitely an aspect that<br />

needs to be promoted and it’s great to see,<br />

while traditionally the Minis would be a mix of<br />

boys and girls, we’re seeing lots of girls teams,<br />

female-only Minis teams now coming through<br />

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

That just shows the growth of the game. That’s<br />

something as a committee that we have to look<br />

at and be cognisant of the fact because that will<br />

translate into even more increasing numbers at<br />

U14s which brings logistical issues when you’re<br />

organising a league but it is wonderful to see.”<br />

Although there is no on-pitch activity currently<br />

taking place, there is plenty of work going on<br />

behind the scenes in the female game.<br />

With the Regional Development Squads, there<br />

are 80 players undertaking weekly individual<br />

skills and S&C programmes from home. As part<br />

of this, there are weekly online fitness classes in<br />

addition to fun-based skills and S&C challenges.<br />

Aligned with this, there are 20 coaches involved<br />

in the female game who have been invited to<br />

take part in the recently established <strong>Munster</strong><br />

Women’s <strong>Rugby</strong> Coach Development Pathway.<br />

At club level, online workshops have taken<br />

place which promote home player development<br />

programmes that have been provided by the<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> Development Department. In addition to<br />

this, the #MoveWith<strong>Munster</strong> campaign, which<br />

includes demonstrations from Ciara Griffin, Enya<br />

Breen and Eimear Considine, provides young<br />

players with fun animal movement challenges<br />

they can do from home.<br />

A <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Women Development<br />

webinar series also took place before<br />

Christmas which focussed on Mini and agegrade<br />

coaches involved in the women’s game<br />

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and U16 and U18 age-grade coaches as part<br />

of the scrum and lineout trial introduction.<br />

Further webinars as part of this series will be<br />

launched in the coming weeks.<br />

Keenan says that with such growth in the<br />

women’s and girls game in the province, it’s<br />

hugely important to remain engaged and provide<br />

opportunities for players during these times<br />

when no on-pitch activity can take place.<br />

“We have to recognise that girls’<br />

rugby is one of the<br />

fastest-growing sports in Ireland."<br />

“We have to recognise that girls’ rugby is one<br />

of the fastest-growing sports in Ireland. That’s<br />

important for us to take that into consideration<br />

because we have to provide opportunities during<br />

these COVID times for not only skill development<br />

but also physical development in terms of S&C.<br />

“There’s a wonderful programme been driven<br />

by the development office in relation to girls<br />

engaging online with those programmes and<br />

followed up with support from their club coaches.<br />

“The Live sessions on a Wednesday here are<br />

very well engaged and there’s a lot of fun being<br />

had behind the scenes. Those girls are recording<br />

some of the programmes they’re doing and<br />

feeding those back to get feedback on them.<br />

“It has been really positive in terms of<br />

engagement for what’s going on at the moment.<br />

It’s really important for us to look at how we are<br />

able to engage with the clubs and get everything<br />

back up and running.”<br />

Keenan highlighted the importance of<br />

providing opportunities to young women to<br />

play on the big stage.<br />

“Last year we played the U18, U14 final in<br />

Independent Park along with the U18 league<br />

final. It was the day of a Six Nations match,<br />

it was on Saturday but it was an opportunity<br />

for our girls to play in Independent Park and I<br />

wasn’t going to deny them an opportunity to<br />

play in the stadium.<br />

“After the match, I was down among the parents<br />

and a gentleman came over to talk to me after<br />

the match. He put everything in context for<br />

me. He said he was sitting at home with his<br />

daughter the night before who had been playing<br />

scrumhalf actually for the winning team that<br />

day. She was sitting between her two brothers<br />

who player U18 and U20 rugby with their club.<br />

“They were watching the U20 international<br />

in Independent Park and 15 minutes into the<br />

match, his daughter said, “I’ll be playing on<br />

that pitch tomorrow.” It only resonated with<br />

the family that she was going to be playing<br />

on a pitch that was being hosted for an<br />

international match. I think that’s special. That<br />

we provide the girls with those opportunities<br />

and give them the experience to be able to<br />

play in the big stadiums.”<br />

Wendy Keenan with Emma Daly and<br />

Jessica Griffin of Bruff RFC<br />

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CAPLICE<br />

REMEMBERS HER ROOTS<br />

Mallow woman Anna Caplice has her eyes firmly set on the start of the 2021 Women’s Six<br />

Nations next month.<br />

With the growth of women’s rugby continuing<br />

to rise globally, the sport is unique in that it<br />

offers an opportunity to travel and experience<br />

a different lifestyle. The desire to challenge<br />

oneself in a new environment is what has led to<br />

Caplice to line out for London-based Harlequins<br />

alongside her Ireland teammate and fellow<br />

North Cork woman Leah Lyons.<br />

Caplice didn’t take up rugby until the relatively<br />

late age of 17 when the creation of a women’s<br />

team in the north Cork town grabbed her<br />

attention.<br />

“There was a very successful well-known rugby<br />

club in Mallow for a long time, no girls section<br />

at all. I always thought I would have to wait until<br />

I got to University to play but yeah, I was 17,<br />

it would have been my fifth year in school and<br />

had two more years in Mallow.<br />

“They started an underage girl’s teams and<br />

I never looked back. I played loads of other<br />

sports in Mallow. Once I started playing rugby,<br />

all my energy went into that. So grateful to have<br />

those couple of years of underage rugby. To be<br />

able to play for my hometown in Mallow.”<br />

As Caplice recalls her fledgling years in the<br />

sport, there’s one name which keeps cropping<br />

up and that’s Mervyn Shorten. As the backrow<br />

explains, Shorten played a pivotal role in<br />

developing girls and women’s rugby in Mallow.<br />

He had such an impact that when Caplice was<br />

selected in the 2017 <strong>Rugby</strong> World Cup squad, it<br />

was Mervyn she immediately wanted to thank.<br />

“My first coach was Mervyn Shorten and he<br />

gave loads of his time and energy to Mallow<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong>. And then when the girls started, he was<br />

just always there for us and put his heart and<br />

soul into us and our team. There are so many<br />

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characters above in Mallow and every club in<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> will have them, but Mervyn was our<br />

number one man to get the show going for our<br />

girls’ rugby down in Mallow. It’s a real credit to<br />

him to have so many girls that went on to play<br />

for <strong>Munster</strong>, even at underage level.<br />

“When we were waiting for the notification for<br />

selection for the World Cup in 2017. It was really<br />

tense, and we knew that there was only so many<br />

places and some people wouldn’t get to go.<br />

It was a really tough afternoon waiting<br />

for the email and the email came and<br />

you’re looking for the first word,<br />

‘Congratulations, you have been<br />

selected.’ I didn’t know what to do<br />

with myself, I knew I was very lucky<br />

to be selected and I was overjoyed<br />

but I didn’t know what to do.<br />

“So, I picked up the keys of my house,<br />

I ran out the door and I went down to<br />

SuperValu. I picked up one card and I<br />

wrote it to Mervyn just to say that I’ve<br />

been selected for the World Cup and<br />

it’s all thanks to you. That was my initial<br />

reaction when I was selected for the World<br />

Cup.<br />

“It all comes back to the volunteer.”<br />

Nailing down of the Six Nations fixtures has<br />

been a huge boost for the women’s game, and<br />

Caplice is relishing the return to action.<br />

“I actually can’t describe how it feels to get<br />

those dates written down,” Caplice admits.<br />

“Anything can change at any moment, so we’re<br />

prepared for that too. To keep the wheel turning<br />

the whole time, to have worked hard all season<br />

and even when things were pulled from under<br />

our feet back in December when the <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

World Cup qualifiers weren’t going to go ahead,<br />

to keep the wheel turning, to keep training and<br />

to keep on top of things, has really paid off.”<br />

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REFEREE?<br />

A joint venture between the <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Women’s Development Department, the<br />

Women’s Committee and the <strong>Munster</strong><br />

Association of Referees (MAR) sees the<br />

establishment of a new initiative aimed at<br />

enhancing the integration and development of<br />

<strong>Munster</strong>-based female referees.<br />

The <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Female Referee Support<br />

Structure will contribute to the overall holistic<br />

approach to the development of women’s<br />

rugby in <strong>Munster</strong>.<br />

The implementation of this new initiative<br />

is in response to the need for more female<br />

referees and match officials within the sport<br />

in the province.<br />

Working closely with the MAR, it is hoped that<br />

the new Female Referee Support Structure will<br />

further develop the numbers and the quality of<br />

female referees.<br />

The new support structure, which will be run<br />

in conjunction with the current MAR pathway<br />

which is currently in place for all referees,<br />

will consist of targeted recruitment, specific<br />

education strategies, mentoring, femaleonly<br />

referee courses and strength and<br />

conditioning work.<br />

Chair of Management with the MAR, Adrienne<br />

Patterson commented:<br />

“Working with the Women’s Committee, it was<br />

recognised that there are very few women<br />

in refereeing. It’s very much still a maledominated<br />

area of the sport and while there is a<br />

lot of women playing rugby, and a lot of women<br />

becoming coaches, we’re not seeing the same<br />

level of interest in refereeing.<br />

“So in order to encourage women into<br />

refereeing, we felt it would be important to have<br />

a support structure there to assist them in the<br />

development as they become a referee.”<br />

For anyone who would like to register their<br />

interest, please contact: Women’s Development<br />

Officer Ken Imbusch at kenimbusch@<br />

munsterrugby.ie or IRFU Referee Development<br />

Manager for <strong>Munster</strong> Chris Harrington at chris.<br />

harrington@irfu.ie.<br />

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LIFESTYLE, HEALTH & WELL-BEING WEBINAR<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> Development Officer Eugene McCarthy<br />

commented:<br />

“Education surrounding the areas of health<br />

and well-being are crucial to the development<br />

of young players in addition to the tactical and<br />

technical aspects. We are delighted to have<br />

been able to offer this opportunity for those<br />

in the province to hear from leaders in their<br />

respective fields.”<br />

The <strong>Rugby</strong> Development Department held a<br />

Lifestyle, Health and Well-Being Webinar on<br />

Monday last.<br />

The awareness programme on lifestyle, health<br />

and well-being was aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds<br />

specifically.<br />

Monday’s webinar featured Rory Doody, the<br />

HSE lead on mental health engagement for<br />

Cork and Kerry, who presented on well-being<br />

while performance coach and club community<br />

rugby officer Sana Govender focused on goal<br />

setting and building good habits.<br />

The first webinar, which took place on Monday,<br />

March 8, featured coach and player development<br />

officer Owen Mullowney while Denis Corridan,<br />

Luke Guerin and Kathy O’Sullivan also featured<br />

with a focus on the areas of Nutrition, Athletic<br />

Development and Rest & Recovery.<br />

Mallow native and Ireland international 7s<br />

player Emily Lane also took part in a Q&A with<br />

attendees as The <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Development<br />

Department have designed a weekly individual<br />

training programme aimed at players U13 and<br />

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

restrictions.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> senior men’s player Kevin O’Byrne<br />

also hosted a Q&A session on the night.<br />

A weekly plan will be shared over the coming<br />

weeks to help support players and assist in<br />

keeping them active. This plan is most suitable<br />

for those involved in the 15-a-side game.<br />

LIFESTYLE, HEALTH & WELL-BEING WEBINAR<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 will be shared over the coming<br />

weeks to help support players and assist in<br />

keeping them active. This plan is most suitable<br />

for those involved in the 15-a-side game.<br />

Last week, the Week 9 edition of the Home Skills<br />

and Conditioning <strong>Programme</strong> was released,<br />

focusing on ball control and catch-pass skills in<br />

addition to some conditioning.<br />

Please ensure you take all precautions and put<br />

your safety first if carrying out any of these<br />

exercises at home. Please notify a parent or<br />

guardian if completing these physical contact<br />

exercises at home.<br />

Ball Control & Catch-Pass Skills<br />

Conditioning<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 />

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STAND UP<br />

AND FIGHT<br />

Cara O'Sullivan<br />

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MUNSTER RUGBY<br />

SUPPORTERS CLUB<br />

News<br />

Our Junior MRSC members have been sending<br />

in letters of support to the players over the last<br />

few weeks. For tonight’s game, we feature some<br />

of the fantastic letters sent to Joey Carbery. Keep<br />

an eye on the MRSC social accounts as we will<br />

be featuring more of these great letters from our<br />

members in the coming weeks.<br />

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0Age: 25<br />

Born: Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Position: Flyhalf<br />

Season Appearances: 3<br />

Total Appearances: 22<br />

Honours: Ireland (22 caps)<br />

Minutes: 100<br />

Points: 15<br />

Conversions: 6<br />

Penalties: 1<br />

Kicking success: 100%<br />

Passes completed: 9<br />

Metres: 49<br />

JOEY<br />

CARBERY<br />

It’s been a big few weeks for Joey Carbery as he returned to action for the first time since January<br />

2020. Carbery came off the bench against Cardiff Blues on 26 February for his first taste of action,<br />

kicking a touchline conversion to top off his return in the red jersey. The following week he came<br />

on in the win over Connacht and kicked a conversion and a penalty. Last Friday night saw Carbery<br />

make his first start, playing a solid 60 minutes, kicking four conversions and picking up the<br />

Guinness PRO14 Player of the <strong>Match</strong> for his superb shift. Welcome back!<br />

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2020/21<br />

Date Fixture Venue<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 Thomond Park<br />

Sun 1 Nov Dragons 16 - 28 <strong>Munster</strong> Rodney Parade<br />

Sun 15 Nov <strong>Munster</strong> 38-22 Ospreys Thomond Park<br />

Mon 23 Nov Glasgow Warriors 13-27 <strong>Munster</strong> Scotstoun Stadium<br />

Mon 30 Nov <strong>Munster</strong> 52-3 Zebre <strong>Rugby</strong> Club Thomond Park<br />

Sun 13 Dec <strong>Munster</strong> 21-7 Harlequins Thomond Park<br />

Sat 19 Dec Clermont Auvergne 31-39 <strong>Munster</strong> Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin<br />

Sat 02 Jan Ulster 15-10 <strong>Munster</strong> Kingspan Stadium<br />

Sat 09 Jan Connacht 10-16 <strong>Munster</strong> The Sportsground<br />

Sat 23 Jan <strong>Munster</strong> 10-13 Leinster Thomond Park<br />

Sat 30 Jan <strong>Benetton</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> 16-18 <strong>Munster</strong> Stadio Comunale Monigo<br />

Sat 20 Feb Edinburgh 10-22 <strong>Munster</strong> Murrayfield Stadium<br />

Fri 26 Feb Cardiff Blues 11-20 <strong>Munster</strong> Cardiff Arms Park<br />

Fri 5 Mar <strong>Munster</strong> 20-17 Connacht Thomond Park<br />

Fri 12 Mar <strong>Munster</strong> 28-10 Scarlets Thomond Park<br />

Fri 19 Mar | 6pm <strong>Munster</strong> v <strong>Benetton</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Thomond Park<br />

Sat 27 Mar | 5pm Leinster v <strong>Munster</strong> Guinness PRO14 Final<br />

Gilbert x <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Programme</strong> Advert_165x12mm_5mm Bleed.pdf 1 06/10/2020 10:07<br />

Sat 3 Apr | 3pm <strong>Munster</strong> v Stade Toulousain Heineken Champions Cup<br />

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