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TO Rise

Again

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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME

On the domestic front the news is getting more

positive with the announcement last week

by the government that from next Monday

outdoor training for adults in pods of 15 will be

allowed. Monday June 7 is another milestone,

when matches can commence. While this is

great news we must be mindful that at all times

everyone must adhere to the government

guidelines which could change at any time.

Tonight, we welcome Dan McFarland and his

Ulster team to Thomond Park for this Round

2 game of the Rainbow Cup. While everything

possible was done to include the South African

teams in this season’s format, unfortunately it

was not to be. For the moment all we can do

is look forward to the addition of the Bulls, the

Stormers, the Sharks, and the Lions into next

season’s competition.

The last time Munster and Ulster met was in

early January where Ulster claimed a home

win on a 15-10 score line, giving Munster added

incentive tonight - not that it is needed in this

mouthwatering interpro game.

Our best wishes to Johann, his coaching team

and the entire squad in tonight’s game.

Congratulations to all our Munster players that

were involved in the Women’s Six Nations

series and great to see Eimear Considine and

Dorothy Wall deservedly making the Team of

the Championship.

In other domestic news the Bank of Ireland

Munster Rugby Summer Camps are back with

22 venues throughout the province. It is open

to boys and girls between the age of 6 and 12

and spaces are limited. No doubt places will sell

out quickly.

All the hard work and effort that everyone put in

over the last 12 months or so will now stand to

us as we prepare to welcome our players back

to activity. We look forward to more lifting of

restrictions in the coming weeks that hopefully

will allow our clubhouses to reopen and we can

get back to some form of normality once again.

In the meantime, stay safe and stay positive.

Once again, our thanks to our main sponsor

Bank of Ireland, our kit supplier adidas and all

our sponsors for their continued support.

To the brave and faithful nothing is impossible.

Seán McCullough

President Munster Branch IRFU

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

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

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

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MUNSTER v ULSTER

RAINBOW CUP ROUND 2 PREVIEW

The Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup returns this

evening after a weekend off, with a full schedule of

derby fixtures spread across three days.

Ulster will be keen to bounce back from their recent

defeats while Munster hope to build on a big win

over Leinster two weeks ago.

Ulster have not suffered three first-team losses

on the bounce since 2018, but they hold a positive

record over the PRO14 runners-up, having lost just

two of the last seven meetings.

That said, their most recent success in Limerick

was a 19-17 victory in May 2014, while Munster’s

only two home defeats this season have come

against PRO14 winners Leinster and Heineken

Champions Cup finalists Toulouse.

Elsewhere tonight, Benetton will be looking to

follow up their shock victory over Glasgow in

Round 1 when they visit Zebre, before the Warriors

welcome Edinburgh for an 1872 Cup decider.

Leinster visit Connacht tomorrow having suffered

defeat to the Westerners when the teams last met

in Dublin in January.

The Welsh derbies round off the weekend, as the

Ospreys visit Parc y Scarlets tomorrow night before

the Dragons take on Cardiff Blues in the capital on

Sunday, with Dean Ryan's men hoping to build on

their own strong start to the competition.

POS TEAM PL W D L PF PA DIFF TF TA TB LB Points

1 Benetton Rugby 1 1 0 0 46 19 27 6 3 1 0 5

2 Ospreys 1 1 0 0 36 14 22 6 2 1 0 5

3 Dragons 1 1 0 0 52 32 20 7 5 1 0 5

4 Connacht Rugby 1 1 0 0 26 24 2 4 4 1 0 5

5 Munster Rugby 1 1 0 0 27 3 24 3 0 0 0 4

6 Edinburgh Rugby 1 1 0 0 24 18 6 3 2 0 0 4

7 Ulster Rugby 1 0 0 1 24 26 -2 4 4 1 1 2

8 Zebre Rugby 1 0 0 1 18 24 -6 2 3 0 1 1

9 Scarlets 1 0 0 1 32 52 -20 5 7 1 0 1

10 Cardiff Blues 1 0 0 1 14 36 -22 2 6 0 0 0

11 Leinster Rugby 1 0 0 1 3 27 -24 0 3 0 0 0

12 Glasgow Warriors 1 0 0 1 19 46 -27 3 6 0 0 0

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HEAD TO HEAD 19 17 2

Munster wins

Munster’s two defeats in their last three

matches were against Leinster in the

Guinness PRO14 final and at home to

Toulouse in the Champions Cup.

MATCH FACTS

Ulster wins

Draws

Ulster have not been defeated in three

successive first team encounters since 2018

and have not lost back-to-back matches at

Kingspan Stadium since 2010.

Munster’s only other home defeat this

season was to Leinster in Round 9 of the

Guinness PRO14.

Ulster have lost their last two matches

against Connacht in Round 1 of the Guinness

PRO14 Rainbow Cup and at Leicester in the

semi-final of the Challenge Cup.

Ulster have lost just two of their last seven

matches with Munster, both of those at

Thomond Park in the Guinness PRO14 in

September 2018 and November 2019.

Ulster’s most recent success in Limerick was

19-17 in May 2014.

Conor Murray

scores against

Leinster two

weeks ago

Dave Shanahan

scores against

Connacht in

Round 1

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THE INSIDE

TRACK

JP FERREIRA

On approaching team selection this weekend…

“We always want to win and we as coaches

want to give the lads game time as well. We

went through the PRO14 with 53 guys that we

used. That mindset hasn’t changed from us as

coaches, we want to give guys game time so

there will be some changes in there, in the lineup

but continuity is a big thing but we try to

keep it as fluid as possible.”

On RG Snyman’s injury…

“It is tough on him and he knows it’s tough on

him as well. I have spoken to him, he is hanging

in there to the best that he can. You know, I think

a guy like Handre Pollard who came back at the

weekend from a similar injury, hasn’t made

it any easier on him and I know they're good

mates as well so that probably got him now as

well. Look, he has got to go through it, he has

got to now just hang in there…rather do it this

way then getting out on the pitch and playing

another seven or nine minutes and getting

injured again so he has got to hang in there. We

are all behind him. If he has to make his return

in a Springbok jumper then so be it. If he has

to make his return in a Munster jumper then so

be it. It’s just getting him ready and when he is

ready to go, he knows he can go 110% and not

worrying about that leg of his.”

On playing Ulster this evening…

“I think their first half last weekend was

excellent from an Ulster point of view. I think

their blueprint is pretty much what they did on

the first 40 minutes, on the weekend against

Leicester. Their kicking game, you pride yourself

in some aspects of it and they’ll have a look at

it. It’s not for me to say to do it or don’t do it but

if they feel it cost them they will probably fix it

this week. We just have to be spot on with what

we want to do.”

On the win over Leinster two weeks ago…

“It gives confidence to the side. The way the

players conducted themselves and we always

knew that this was in us so getting one over

them especially up in the RDS is especially

great. It changes mindsets, it changes personal

goals and it is a turning point and that’s what

we are on about this weekend again. We have

got another opportunity. We have had a week

off and now we have another opportunity to

do exactly the same, so our mindset doesn’t

change, nothing changes. Hopefully that

feeling that they felt two weeks ago, once you

get that feeling its hard to let it go so hopefully

it just stays with the boys and they just keep on

going.”

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DAVE KILCOYNE

On RG’s injury…

“It’s gutting for RG, you know, he has worked

incredibly hard to get to where he is and

you know this is a set back for him but he is

a resilient character. Even seeing around the

place, he will be alright. You know the lads will

rally around him and lift the mood. I’m sure he

will be down for a few days but as I said he is a

resilient character, he will bounce back.”

On his own return from injury…

“Frustrating in the last 12 months. I was getting

a bit of form and then I sparked out against

England and I got back for the Toulouse game, I

was quite happy with that and then the Leinster

game. I was happy and I think I’m building

nicely, that’s how I can empathise with RG. I

was lucky enough I hadn’t as long an injury but

I had a couple of setbacks coming back from

it, and I had gone however many years without

picking up any injury. I had been very lucky to

have very small things. It definitely tests your

resilience and you learn a lot about yourself.

You know you think your back and all of a

sudden something small goes like a calf strain

and you are out for another two or three weeks.

They are just small setbacks but when you

are not used to them you got to change your

mindset and how you deal with it and just keep

using it as windows to grow as a player, target

those windows, when you do get back, hit the

ground running. I was happy that I got back

for the Toulouse game. Personally, obviously

we lost the game, which wasn’t ideal and

then Leinster. It was a great team

performance and always happy to

be part of that.”

great account for ourselves physically. We gave

a blueprint of how you go at teams like Leinster,

you try to go at them physically and disrupt

them and I think it will be a great learning curve

going forward.”

On Ulster this evening…

“You know yourself after a big loss like that,

they had such a promising first half and things

didn’t work out for them in the second half.

They are going to be bitterly disappointed but

there is going to be backlash there and Dan is

going to have the lads rightly riled up to make

up for last week so, I think we are in for a very

tough test.”

On the win over Leinster….

“We knew we hadn’t beaten

them in quite a while and we

needed to break that cycle.

That win gave belief to a lot of lads in the

squad that wouldn’t have beaten them before.

I think it was more the performance that was

the best thing about it, but I thought we gave a

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NEWSROUND

CJ BECOMES HONORARY LIMERICK MAN

Munster man and Ireland international CJ

Stander was named an Honorary Limerick

Man at the Limerick Person of the Year awards

last week. A resident of Limerick since joining

Munster Rugby in 2012, Stander had previously

been made an Honorary International

Ambassador for Limerick in 2017. Accepting

the award, CJ said: “It is a big honour for me

and my family. It has been a big, big pleasure

living in a lovely city like Limerick. Thanks to

everyone who made us welcome since day

one and thank you for all the support you have

given me personally and, secondly, as a team

with Munster.” Stander has scored 42 tries in

153 Munster appearances and will retire at the

end of the season,

returning home to

South Africa. The

31-year-old earned

51 Ireland caps

since making his

international debut

in 2016 and won

Munster Rugby’s

Player of the Year

award a record

three times. Watch

CJ’s speech from the awards

from the 33-minute mark: HERE

MUNSTER PLAYERS HONOURED

Congratulations to Munster’s Eimear

Considine and Dorothy Wall who were named

in the Women’s Six Nations Team of the

Championship last week. This follows the news

that Tadhg Beirne and CJ Stander were named

in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations Team of the

Championship. Beirne was also nominated for

Player of the Tournament.

JJ Hanrahan has been awarded the eir Sport

Try of the Season for the 2020/21 Guinness

PRO14 campaign. The on-air panel from eir

Sport’s rugby coverage selected Hanrahan’s try

which followed some spell-binding off-loading

play against Cardiff Blues during the first-ever

Monday Night Rugby game in Round 3. The

Munster playmaker kicked off the move

and after three consecutive

off-loads Hanrahan

got his hands on the

ball again to cross

over. Craig Casey,

Rhys Marshall,

Damian de Allende,

Darren Sweetnam,

Rory Scannell and

Hanrahan were all

involved in a brilliant

backline move. Watch

the try HERE

OSBORNE TO JOIN NEXT SEASON

Munster have recently announced that 24-yearold

scrum half Rowan Osborne will join the

province at the start of the 2021/22 season on

a one-year contract. The 24-year-old will make

the move from Leinster where he has made 10

appearances in the Guinness PRO14. The Kildare

native secured his path to

professional rugby in 2019

off the back of impressive

performances with his club

side Dublin University in the

All-Ireland League.

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WALL & CONSIDINE

SHINE IN SIX NATIONS

Munster’s Dorothy Wall and Eimear Considine were both selected in the Women’s Six Nations

Team Of The Championship following the conclusion of the tournament last week.

The Team of the Championship was selected

by supporters with over 80,000 votes cast on

social media.

Wall scored her first Six Nations try in the

opening round win over Wales while Munster

co-captain Considine also bagged a brace in the

impressive 45-0 victory. Tipperary native Wall

was on the scoresheet once again as Ireland

clinched third place in the 25-5 win over Italy.

The Munster duo were joined in the Team of the

Championship by their international colleagues

Cliodhna Moloney and Beibhinn Parsons.

20-year-old Wall, who is a product of Fethard

& District RFC, was also selected in Maggie

Alphonsi’s Team of the Championship, the

World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee selecting

her choice XV earlier in the week.

Ireland finished third in the Women’s Six

Nations after defeating Italy in Dublin in the last

round on April 24, with Amee-Leigh Murphy

Crowe crossing for two tries on her full debut.

Dorothy Wall also scored her second try of the

Championship in that game, having scored in

the 45-0 win over Wales in the opening round.

Eimear Considine also touched down twice in

that game.

Ireland struggled against a dominant France in

Round 2, with France winning 56-15.

The Irish squad for the championship included

Munster’s Enya Breen, Eimear Considine, Aoife

Doyle, Emily Lane, Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe,

Ciara Griffin, Chloe Pearse and Dorothy Wall

along with Munster natives Laura Sheehan,

Anna Caplice and Leah Lyons who currently

play their club rugby in the UK.

Eimear

Considine

Dorothy Wall

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THE LOWDOWN

THE FORM GUIDE

Ulster come into this game on the back of their

Challenge Cup semi-final exit last weekend,

going down 33-24 to Leicester Tigers, despite

leading 17-6 at half-time. Ulster scored two

tries in the last quarter, but it wasn't enough as

Leicester ended Ulster’s hopes of a place in the

final. Ulster had beaten Northampton Saints 35-

27 away from home in a gripping quarter-final

to advance on April 10.

Ulster finished second in Conference A of the

Guinness PRO14 this season, 7 points below

Leinster. Ulster’s impressive season saw them

win 14 out of 16 PRO14 games and concede 263

points, second behind Munster’s 250.

John Cooney is the club’s top’s points scorer this

season with 174 points across all competitions.

Marcell Coetzee is the top try scorer with 9 tries.

There are a couple of familiar faces in the ranks

with former Munster players Alby Mathewson

and Bill Johnston both Belfast-based.

THE COACHING TICKET

joining Gregor Townsend’s Glasgow Warriors

in 2015 and going onto assist Townsend with

the national side from 2017. Assistant Coach

Dwayne Peel joined the club in 2017 from

Bristol. A British & Irish Lion’s tourist in 2005,

the former scrum half played 76 times for

Wales, captaining the side at the 2007 Rugby

World Cup. Former Ulster, Ireland and Lions

full-back Jared Payne stepped into the role of

defence coach on his retirement in 2018 due

to injury. Also in 2018, fellow New Zealander

Daniel Soper joined as skills coach. Soper had

a very successful career coaching Ballynahinch

and Banbridge in the AIL and RBAI in the Ulster

Schools Cups. Forwards coach Roddy Grant

made 138 appearances for Edinburgh before

retiring due to injury in 2015. He coached in

the Scottish Rugby Academy before being

appointed Edinburgh’s assistant forwards

coach in 2017. He joined the Ulster coaching

team in 2019.

ONE TO WATCH

Position: Fly half/Full back

Age: 22

Born: Belfast

Appearances: 14

Tries: 4

Points: 34

Passes completed: 114

Metres gained: 593

Carries: 112

Defenders beaten: 35

Tackles: 65

Offloads: 4

Former Scotland and Glasgow Warriors

assistant coach Dan McFarland took the reigns

as head coach at Ulster ahead of the 2018/19

season. The former Stade Francais and

Connacht prop worked with Michael Bradley,

Eric Elwood and Pat Lam in Connacht before

MICHAEL LOWRY

*2020/21 Guinness PRO14 statistics only

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STEPHEN ARCHER

Prop

29.01.88

H: 1.88m

W: 120.91kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

Hooker

06.08.99

H:1.83m

W: 98kg

Hons: Ire U20

DIARMUID BARRON

TADHG BEIRNE

Lock / Back Row

08.01.92

H: 1.98 m

W: 113.18 kg

Hons: Ire (22 caps)

Flanker

15.02.91

H: 1.76 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: ~

CHRIS CLOETE

Back Row

11.12.1997

H: 1.98m

W: 110kg

Hons: Ire U20

GAVIN COOMBES

JAMES CRONIN

Prop

23.11.90

H: 1.80 m

W: 113 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

Lock / Back Row

03.08.85

H: 1.91 m

W: 111 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

BILLY HOLLAND

DAVE KILCOYNE

Prop

14.12.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 112 kg

Hons: Ire (43 caps)

JEAN KLEYN

Lock

26.08.93

H: 2.03 m

W: 125 kg

Hons: Ire (5 caps)

Prop

06.04.99

H: 1.85m

W: 115kg

Hons: ~

KEYNAN KNOX

Prop

22.07.95

H: 1.85 m

W: 120 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JEREMY LOUGHMAN

Hooker

12.10.92

H: 1.84 m

W: 108 kg

Hons: NZ U20

RHYS MARSHALL

Hooker

16.04.91

H: 1.80 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire U19

KEVIN O’BYRNE

Prop

13.07.95

H: 1.78 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire U20

LIAM O’CONNOR

TOMMY O’DONNELL

Back Row

21.05.87

H: 1.85 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire (12 caps)

JACK O’DONOGHUE

Back Row

08.02.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 107 kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

PETER O’MAHONY

Back Row

17.09.89

H: 1.91 m

W: 106 kg

Hons: Ire (75 caps)

Back Row

01.10.98

H: 1.88m

W: 100kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK O’SULLIVAN

JOHN RYAN

Prop

02.08.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 117 kg

Hons: Ire (23 caps)

Prop

28.10.97

H:1.83m

W: 123.18kg

Hons: USA U20

ROMAN SALANOA

NIALL SCANNELL

Hooker

08.04.92

H: 1.85 m

W: 109 kg

Hons: Ire (20 caps)

RG SNYMAN

Lock

29.01.95

H: 2.06 m

W: 116 kg

Hons: SA (23 caps)

CJ STANDER

Back Row

05.04.90

H: 1.85 m

W: 114 kg

Hons: Ire (51 caps)

Lock

11.12.97

H:1.93 m

W: 111.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20

FINEEN WYCHERLEY

FORWARDS

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JOEY CARBERY

Fly Half

01.11.95

H: 1.83 m

W: 85kg

Hons: Ire (22 caps)

Scrum Half

19.04.99

H: 1.65 m

W: 75kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

CRAIG CASEY

ANDREW CONWAY

Full Back / Wing

11.07.91

H: 1.80 m

W: 89 kg

Hons: Ire (24 caps)

LIAM COOMBES

Full Back / Wing

01.05.97

H: 1.91m

W: 89 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Scrum Half

08.12.92

H: 1.73 m

W: 83 kg

Hons: Ire Clubs

NEIL CRONIN

Wing / Centre

19.12.96

H: 1.91 m

W: 91 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

SHANE DALY

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE

Centre

25/11/1991

H: 1.91 m

W: 105 kg

Hons: SA (47 caps)

KEITH EARLS

Universal Back

02.10.87

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire (93 caps)

CHRIS FARRELL

Centre

16.03.93

H: 1.93 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire (14 caps)

Full Back

26.10.96

H:1.85m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Eng U20

MATT GALLAGHER

Centre

10.12.94

H: 1.85 m

W: 100 kg

Hons: Ire U20

DAN GOGGIN

Full Back

28.06.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 93 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

MIKE HALEY

RORY SCANNELL

CALVIN NASH

CONOR MURRAY

ALEX MCHENRY

NICK MCCARTHY

JJ HANRAHAN

Fly Half / Centre

27.07.92

H: 1.83 m

W: 93 kg

Hons: Emerging Ireland

Scrum Half

25.03.95

H: 1.8m

W: 84 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Centre

07.10.97

H: 1.88m

W: 95kg

Hons: Ire U20

Scrum Half

20.04.89

H: 1.88 m

W: 94 kg

Hons: Ire (89 caps)

Wing

08.08.97

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Centre

22.12.93

H: 1.80 m

W: 98 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

Wing

05.05.93

H: 1.85 m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

DARREN SWEETNAM

BACKS

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MUNSTER RUGBY

STARTING XV

Dave Kilcoyne Niall Scannell John Ryan

Fineen

Tadhg Beirne

Wycherley

Peter

O'Mahony (C)

Chris Cloete

Gavin Coombes

Conor Murray

JJ Hanrahan

Shane Daly

Rory Scannell

Dan Goggin

Andrew Conway

Mike Haley

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Replacements

16. Kevin O'Byrne 17. Jeremy Loughman 18. Roman Salanoa 19. Jean Kleyn

20. CJ Stander 21. Nick McCarthy 22. Ben Healy 23. Damian de Allende

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ULSTER RUGBY

STARTING XV

Andrew

Warwick

John Andrew

Tom O'Toole

Alan O'Connor

Iain

Henderson (C)

Jordi Murphy

Marcus Rea

David McCann

Alby Mathewson

Michael Lowry

Ethan McIlroy

Stuart

McCloskey

Will Addison

Rob Lyttle

Jacob Stockdale

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

AR1: Seán Gallagher (IRFU)

AR2: Rob O’Sullivan (IRFU)

TMO: Olly Hodges (IRFU)

Replacements

16. Rob Herring 17. Callum Reid 18. Marty Moore 19. Sam Carter 20. Nick Timoney

21. David Shanahan 22. Angus Curtis 23. James Hume

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MUNSTER DUO IN LIONS SQUAD

Congratulations to Conor Murray and Tadhg

Beirne who have been selected for the 2021

British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

This will be Conor Murray’s third Lions tour with

Tadhg Beirne becoming a Lions tourist for the

first time.

The British & Irish Lions Head Coach, Warren

Gatland, named a 37-man squad to tour South

Africa yesterday.

“We believe we’ve picked a squad capable

of winning a Test series in South Africa,” said

Gatland.

“Selecting a Lions squad is never easy and, in

many ways, this has been the most challenging

selection I have been involved in. Over the

course of the last three weeks the coaches and I

have rigorously debated each position. We saw

some outstanding performances in the recent

Six Nations, so competition for places has been

tough with some incredibly tight calls to make.

“However, we are very happy with the squad we

have assembled and look forward to meeting up

in Jersey in just over a month’s time to start our

preparation to take on the World Champions.

We’ve left out some very talented players which

gives an indication to the strength of this squad

and we know how important that stand-by list

will be.

“Being selected for a Lions Tour is the greatest

honour for a British and Irish player and I

congratulate everyone named.”

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VIRTUAL MUNSTER MASCOTS

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Age: 8

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#THEMUNSTERMACHINE

BUMBLEance is an interactive ambulance

service, which was founded by Munster couple

Mary and Tony Heffernan from Castlemaine

(Kerry), and prides itself on delivering smiles to

Ireland’s youngest patients.

Munster players Damian de Allende, Diarmuid

Barron and Keith Earls supporting BUMBLEance.

Munster Rugby’s Official Charity Partner BUMBLEance are aiming to raise €250,000 for a new

ambulance, the Munster Machine, to help sick children across Munster.

The charity have set up a quick and easy

mechanism for people to donate €4, just

text MUNSTER to 50300 to make a simple €4

donation. BUMBLEance will receive a min of

€3.60.

They are currently fundraising for a

#MunsterMachine to transport sick children to

appointments.

See more ways you can donate and get the

#MunsterMachine on the road here.

If you want to know more about Munster’s

partnership with BUMBLEance click here.

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS

RETURN TO RUGBY

The IRFU has issued the following information:

Currently Permitted (ROI)

Underage non-contact outdoor training in

pods of 15

Pitches can reopen but indoor facilities e.g.

“changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting

rooms must remain closed apart from essential

toilets.”

From Monday May 10th (ROI)

Outdoor training for adults in pods of a

maximum of 15 people

The IRFU are awaiting official confirmation on

the contact/non-contact status of this training

and will relay this update as soon as this

information is available.

From Monday June 7th (ROI)

Outdoor sports matches can recommence. No

spectators are permitted.

Subject to the public health situation at the time.

As per the #ReadyForRugby Overview issued

on March 16 2021, all clubs & schools who

wish to play structured contact rugby will need

to undergo a minimum of 4 weeks of contact

readiness training.

Further Updates

The IRFU and provinces will continue to relay

all updates to public health measures. Updated

versions of the #ReadyForRugby Overview and

the IRFU Rugby Participation Roadmap 2021/22

will also be issued in due course.

Public Health Advice

The easing of these restrictions has been

brought about by the commitment and

continued perseverance of people in mitigating

the risk of COVID-19. Rugby communities are

urged to maintain vigilance and continue to

abide by all public health measures in place.

Clubs and schools must ensure their COVID-19

Health & Safety Plan is up to date before

resuming any rugby activity.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinars

The IRFU and provinces are continuing to offer

guidance to clubs as they reopen their gates

and resume activity. Click here for a list of

upcoming #ReadyForRugby Support Webinars

Waterford City U14s were back at

training last week

Ballina-Killaloe U16s and U18s in

action last week

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DOLPHIN RFC LAUNCH

WOMEN’S & GIRLS PROGRAMME

#MARchAroundTheWorld

Cork City-based Dolphin RFC recently

launched a women and girls rugby programme

ahead of the 2021/2022 season. The club have

created a Women’s Committee which is led

by Chairperson Jane O’Leary and they are

currently recruiting players at all levels ahead

of the new season.

Dolphin Women’s Committee chairperson

O’Leary hopes that when government

restrictions allow, they will be able to run

different programmes in the summer to get

girls and women interested in the sport.

“That’s where we feel having tag/touch, Give It

A Try during the summer and working on our

own little plans to get it started basically. We

now have this in the pipeline and we’re all guns

blazing now. We want to make a complete and

utter 100% success of it. “

The Munster Association of Referees (MAR)

recently launched the #MARchAroundTheWorld

challenge which encourages everyone to keep

active for the remainder of the year by walking,

running or hiking. The challenge consists of a

‘virtual’ march around the world taking in some

of rugby’s most famous stadiums. The aim is to

have over 45,000 km travelled by the end of 2021.

To participate, you will need to log your walks,

runs or hikes using the Strava and Challenge

Hound apps.

What are we doing?

As a team, we hope to complete this challenge

by walking or running 45,534.21km, by midnight

December 31, 2021.

Where are we going?

Our virtual route will take us to some of our

favourite rugby grounds. Beginning and ending

in Thomond Park, we will also be travelling to

the famous venues of the Six Nations and Rugby

Championship. The route is: Thomond Park-

Aviva Stadium-Murrayfield Stadium-Principality

Stadium-Twickenham Stadium-Stade de France-

Stadio Olimpico-Elis Park-HBF Park-Eden Park-

Estadio Jose Amalfitani-Thomond Park

For more information click HERE

For anyone interested in playing rugby with

Dolphin RFC, please click HERE or email

WomensRugby@dolphinrfc.com

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IRELAND U20s

TALENT CAMP

Ireland U20 Head Coach Richie Murphy got his tenure underway with a talent camp of 38

players predominantly from the National Talent Squad (NTS) and Provincial Talent Squad (PTS)

programmes.

The two-day camp held at the IRFU’s High-

Performance Centre in west Dublin required

all participants to undergo PCR testing before

being cleared to attend and involved two onfield

sessions as well as a trial game.

The PwC sponsored Ireland U20s are

commencing preparations ahead of

the rescheduled 2021 U20 Six Nations

Championships which will take place across

June and July.

Richie Murphy, Ireland U20 head coach,

commented, “I’m delighted about the new role.

It's been a really interesting couple of weeks.

Over the last two weeks, we have been really

trying to build this squad that have come in

for this camp. It's been really interesting to get

around and talk to a lot of people and try to

build our coaching team on the back of that and

we feel like now we are in a good place to go

forward.

“A lot of these guys would be in the National

Talent Squads, some of them would be in the

Provincial Talent Squads and some of them

would be club players. So a lot of these guys

haven’t had a lot of involvement in rugby over

the last while due to the COVID situation so it

was good to get in touch with them, bring them

in and see how enthusiastic and how hard they

worked and obviously they are looking for

another opportunity and try to wear a green

jersey for the Irish U20s.”

Harry

O'Riordan

MUNSTER PLAYERS IN ATTENDANCE

Ethan Coughlan (Shannon RFC)

NTS

Jack Delaney (Garryowen FC) Munster PTS

Mark Donnelly (Garryowen FC) NTS

John Forde (Cork Constitution FC) Munster PTS

Jack Kelleher (UCC RFC) Munster PTS

Aaron Leahy (CBC) NTS

Conor Moloney (Ennis RFC)

NTS

Daniel Okeke (Shannon RFC) NTS

Harry Riordan (UCC RFC) Munster PTS

Jamie Shanahan (Garryowen FC) Munster PTS

Jay Traynor (UL Bohemians RFC) Munster PTS

Cian Whooley (UCC RFC) Munster PTS

Daniel

Okeke

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The ongoing impact of Covid-19 means that there

will be some changes to how our Summer Camps

will operate this year. Our key focus however

remains to provide a safe and fun environment

for children and coaches alike. Please note that

places are limited.

After booking your child’s place you will be

emailed an Information Pack outlining all relevant

details and procedures for attending your camp,

including Covid-19 protocols.

• Camp places are available for boys and girls

from 6 years old to 12 years old.

• Each camp takes place over one week (Monday

through to Friday inclusive) between 9:30am

and 1pm.

• The cost is €80 per child.

2021

VENUES & DATES

Week 1: Mon 5-Fri 9 Jul:

Bandon RFC, Ennis RFC, Garryowen

FC

Week 2: Mon 12-Fri 16 Jul:

Highfield RFC, Tralee RFC

Week 3: Mon 19-Fri 23 Jul:

Castleisland RFC, Dungarvan RFC,

Midleton RFC

Week 4: Mon 26-Fri 30 Jul:

Clanwilliam FC, Cobh Pirates RFC,

Killarney RFC

Week 5: Mon 2-Fri 6 Aug:

Bruff RFC, Kanturk RFC, Kinsale RFC

Week 6: Mon 9-Fri 13 Aug:

Ballincollig RFC, Fermoy RFC, W.I.T.

Carriganore

Week 7: Mon 16-Fri 20 Aug:

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Cork;

Nenagh Ormond RFC

Week 8: Mon 23 Aug- Fri 27 Aug:

Muskerry RFC, Old Crescent RFC,

Skibbereen RFC

The Bank of Ireland Munster Rugby Summer Camps are back for

Summer 2021 with 22 venues throughout the province.

Summer Camps will be offered on a modified

basis and there will be changes to the rugby

activities offered as necessary in accordance with

Government and HSE guidelines at the time of the

camp.

A daily Covid-19 Health Declaration form must be

completed for all attendees.

The Camps will be managed and run by fully

accredited IRFU Mini Rugby coaches. All Summer

Camp staff have undertaken the National Garda

Vetting process required to comply with the IRFU

policy regarding recruitment and vetting to work

in age-grade rugby.

To book your preferred venue, you will be asked

to register with Easy Payments Plus to ensure

secure payment. Please click here for more details

or click the button below.

• Each participant will receive an official

Summer Camp Pack comprising an adidas

Summer Camp T-Shirt, draw-string bag and

mouth guard.

All bookings must be completed

online. There will be no walk-in

bookings this year.

For any more information please contact

camps@munsterrugby.ie

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O'DONNELL

TOMMY

7Age: 33

Born: Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Position: Back row

Munster caps: 186

European Appearances: 35

Munster tries: 20

Honours: Ireland (13 caps)

“IT HAS BEEN THE

GREATEST HONOUR

AND PRIVILEGE TO

REPRESENT MUNSTER

RUGBY FOR THE

PAST 14 SEASONS.”

Tommy O’Donnell recently announced he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the

season. A one-club man, O’Donnell has made 186 Munster appearances since his debut in 2007

and earned 13 caps for Ireland. Munster Rugby’s Player of the Year in 2013 and Greencore Munster

Rugby Academy Player of the Year in 2009, he also featured in two 6 Nations-winning campaigns

for Ireland. A product of Clanwilliam FC, O’Donnell lined out for UL Bohs in the AIL and made his

Munster debut against Scarlets in 2007 as a 20-year-old Academy player. Tommy has been a true

inspiration and incredible role model throughout his career, showing dogged determination to

return from injury setbacks fitter, stronger and hungrier. He led Munster to victory in their historic

win over the Maori All Blacks in November 2016 – his first time captaining the side and made his

150th appearance against Racing 92 in 2017. Thank you, Tommy!

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FIXTURES & RESULTS 2020/21

Date Fixture Venue

Sat 3 Oct Scarlets 27-30 Munster Parc y Scarlets

Sat 10 Oct Munster 25-23 Edinburgh Rugby Thomond Park

Mon 26 Oct Munster 38 - 27 Cardiff Blues Thomond Park

Sun 1 Nov Dragons 16 - 28 Munster Rodney Parade

Sun 15 Nov Munster 38-22 Ospreys Thomond Park

Mon 23 Nov Glasgow Warriors 13-27 Munster Scotstoun Stadium

Mon 30 Nov Munster 52-3 Zebre Rugby Club Thomond Park

Sun 13 Dec Munster 21-7 Harlequins Thomond Park

Sat 19 Dec Clermont Auvergne 31-39 Munster Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin

Sat 02 Jan Ulster 15-10 Munster Kingspan Stadium

Sat 09 Jan Connacht 10-16 Munster The Sportsground

Sat 23 Jan Munster 10-13 Leinster Thomond Park

Sat 30 Jan Benetton Rugby 16-18 Munster Stadio Comunale Monigo

Sat 20 Feb Edinburgh 10-22 Munster Murrayfield Stadium

Fri 26 Feb Cardiff Blues 11-20 Munster Cardiff Arms Park

Fri 5 Mar Munster 20-17 Connacht Thomond Park

Fri 12 Mar Munster 28-10 Scarlets Thomond Park

Fri 19 Mar Munster 31-17 Benetton Rugby Thomond Park

Sat 27 Mar Leinster 16-6 Munster The RDS

Sat 3 Apr Munster 33-40 Stade Toulousain Thomond Park

Sat 24 Apr Leinster 3-27 Munster The RDS

Fri 7 May | 8.15pm Munster v Ulster Thomond Park

Sat 14 Mar | 6pm Munster v Connacht Thomond Park

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