Munster Rugby v Cell C Sharks Match Programme

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United Rugby Championship Round 1 | In this issue, we get the lowdown on our opposition, the Cell C Sharks, we get to know new Munster player Rowan Osborne and look at a busy calendar of matches for our women’s clubs teams with the start of the All Ireland League this weekend.

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WELCOME BACK

Today is a fantastic occasion

as we welcome our supporters

back home.

We have all come through an

unprecedented time together,

overcome challenges, and are

now thankfully well on our way

to better times.

With the absence of live sport for so long it was

plain to see what it means to us all – more than the

positive impact on health and wellbeing, rugby is

our outlet, our passion, our sense of community,

and our identity.

We are delighted to see our Domestic Rugby

season underway with clubhouses, schools and

pitches across the province filled with players,

coaches, volunteers, and supporters, the

breeding ground and lifeline of Munster Rugby.

Today marks a special day with thousands of

supporters returning to Thomond Park for the

first time since February 2020. We hope everyone

has a wonderful time and enjoys the sense of

occasion as we gather once again to get behind

Johann van Graan and team.

Thank you as ever for your support and

commitment to the province, we look forward to

welcoming you to Thomond Park and Musgrave

Park throughout the season.

Ian Flanagan

Chief Executive Officer

Munster Rugby

We welcome Sean Everitt and all

from Cell C Sharks to Thomond

Park this evening for the first game

of the exciting new United Rugby

Championship series.

Tonight will be another special

night in Thomond Park as we see

the return of supporters for the first time in over 18

months. To hear the Munster roar once again as

the team run out of the tunnel will be a welcome

change. For some of our players this will be the first

time to experience this, but some things are worth

waiting for.

On behalf of all the Munster family I would like to

wish Johann, his coaching team and all the squad

the very best of luck tonight and into season ahead.

Our domestic game is finally back up and

running. Early season competitions have

already commenced which is welcome news for

supporters and players alike. To all clubs, schools,

players, volunteers and all involved in every aspect

and level of the game, the very best of luck as we

continue where we left off and into the new season

ahead.

Congratulations to our Women’s team as they lifted

the Vodafone Interprovincial trophy. Matt Brown’s

side captained by Sarah Quin came out 19-7

winners in the decider against Leinster in what was

a highly entertaining and competitive game.

Our thanks to all of our sponsors for their continued

and loyal support.

To the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible.

Sean McCullough

President

Munster Branch IRFU

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

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

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

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16 TEAMS,

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1 LEAGUE

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NEWSROUND

ED SHEERAN TO PLAY

THOMOND PARK

MUNSTER PLAYERS

IN IRISH CAMP

Shane Daly, Gavin

Coombes and

Craig Casey

Live music will return to Thomond Park next

year with the announcement that Ed Sheeran

will perform at the iconic venue on Thursday 5

May 2022. Tickets for the concert went on sale

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CHAMPIONS CUP NEWS

The order of Munster’s Champions Cup Pool

fixtures has been confirmed with the province

kicking off the campaign with an away fixture

against Wasps on the weekend of December

10/11/12. That game will be followed by a home

clash against Castres Olympique on December

17/18/19 with a return fixture against the French

side in round three on January 14/15/16. Munster

round off their pool campaign with a home tie

against Wasps on January 21/22/23. Exact dates

of the pool stage fixtures, as well as kick-off times

and TV coverage, will be announced by EPCR

in the coming weeks. The eight highest-ranked

clubs from each pool will qualify for the knockout

stage which will consist of a Round of 16 on a

home and away basis, quarter-finals and semifinals,

with the final in Marseille on 28 May 2022.

Thirteen Munster players were amongst a

group of 50 players who took part in a one-day

camp at the IRFU’s High Performance Centre

last weekend as Andy Farrell prepares for the

upcoming Autumn Nations Series matches

against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina in

November. The Munster players involved in the

camp were Joey Carbery, Craig Casey, Andrew

Conway, Shane Daly, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell,

Conor Murray, Tadhg Beirne, Gavin Coombes,

Dave Kilcoyne, Peter O’Mahony, John Ryan and

Fineen Wycherley.

URC TV NOW LIVE

New for the 2021/22 season, URC TV is a

new online streaming service giving fans the

opportunity to watch every game live and on

demand. You can register for free for access to

a selection of on-demand video content or you

can subscribe with an annual pass to watch all

151 games live and on-demand. Matches will be

broadcast in HD with English commentary. The

service can be accessed across multiple devices.

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UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

GETS UNDERWAY

Munster and the Cell C Sharks get their

United Rugby Championship campaign

underway this evening in the first ever

meeting of these two sides.

The United Rugby Championship

welcomes four new South African teams,

creating a 16-team competition across

Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy and South

Africa.

While the 16 teams will be battling for a

play-off berth in the overall league table

over 18 rounds, they will also be ranked in

four regional conferences or ‘Shields’, each

made up of four teams. Teams in the same

conference will face home and away fixtures

against each other and play either at home

or away against the other 12 sides in the

competition.

“Right at the end again we got to the final

and lost to Leinster. We lost to Toulouse

who ended up winning the Champions

Cup and I think we’re just a step away

from clicking and competing again, really

competing.

“The mood is fantastic with the quality of

players coming back from Lions squads,

South African squads. Bringing in Zeebs

has brought a real freshness to the group

and we’ve a lot of young players who are

hungry and competitive and it’s a great

blend, I think.”

The top 8 teams in the league will progress

to the Play Offs at the end of 18 rounds, with

quarter-finals, semi-finals and the first final to

be played at the Aviva Stadium.

Munster will be hoping to pick up where they

left off after a strong season last time around.

Speaking at the Championship launch last

week, Munster’s Chris Farrell said:

“The belief is really

there from a personal

point of view but

also I think that

sense is shared

within the group in

Munster. There’s an

unbelievable buzz

around the place and we have such a good

squad, we’ve got great coaches, and I feel

like last season we were really competitive.

Chris Farrell

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Gavin Coombes

Reniel Hugo

COMPARISON MUNSTER CELL C SHARKS

Last 3 URC results: 14 May - Connacht (H) L20-24 22 May - Stormers (H) L22-25

28 May - Cardiff Rugby (H) W31-27 5 Jun - Lions (A) W33-21

11 Jun - Zebre (A) W54-11 12 Jun - Bulls (H) L22-34

URC 2020/21 Conf B: 1st – W14 D0 L2 - 64pts Rainbow SA: 2nd – W3 D0 L3 - 16pts

Top try scorer 12 – Gavin Coombes 3 – Reniel Hugo, Kerron van Vuuren

Top points scorer 98 – JJ Hanrahan 43 – Curwin Bosch

MATCH FACTS

Munster lost just once in last season’s

Rainbow Cup 20-24 to Connacht in Limerick

on 14 May.

• The last non-Irish team to defeat Munster

in the Championship at Thomond Park was

Scarlets, 21-30 in February 2017.

Munster’s record against South African

teams in the Championship is won eight,

lost one, with the defeat being 16-40

against Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in

October 2019.

Cell C Sharks reached the final of the Currie

Cup earlier this month but lost 10-44 to

Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria.

• The Sharks most recent trip to the Northern

Hemisphere was a 45-10 victory against

the Sunwolves in Singapore in February

2019 in Super Rugby

• The two sides have never met in a

competitive fixture before.

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THE INSIDE

TRACK

JOHANN VAN GRAAN

On how preparations for the new season have

gone…

“We’ve had a very nice break after the game we

played against Zebre. We did one or two things

differently in the pre-season which gave us good

rewards. Everybody came back refreshed. We

worked on certain parts of our game. Obviously,

we had to re-adjust for the Red v Grey match

when we couldn’t play against Bath. We had

a good exercise against Exeter. We had the

national players back in the last few weeks

and it is great to have Conor and Tadhg back in

the building and now we are looking forward

to a brilliant new season, new competition,

new teams, new format and new qualification

process. Really looking forward to it and really

excited to be part of it.”

On the Cell C Sharks

“They are a very proud South African franchise.

They had a really good season. They played

in the last two Currie Cup finals alongside

the Bulls. Both were unfortunately away for

them. They are very tough to beat at home,

specifically in the humid conditions of Durban.

They’ve put together a very good squad.

They have an excellent head coach in Sean

Everitt. Structurally they’ve got a very good

programme if you look at their academy and

they’ve got some proper players. We are really

looking forward to meeting them first up and it

will be a first game up North for them as well.

There’s a lot of respect from our side towards

them.”

On having the fans back…

“We can’t wait to have our fans back. In the

Reds v Grey match we had a few thousand

supporters in and the noise was incredible

when both teams ran onto the pitch, just to

experience it. From a club perspective we

love to play in Thomond Park and we can’t

wait to play in front of our supporters from a

competitive point of view. It will be great for the

opposition and for ourselves to experience that

Thomond Park feeling. We are really looking

forward to it.”

On what Zebo has brought to the squad…

“Zeebs was always a class player, he just

continued that way at Racing. I’d say he’s

certainly developed his game even more from a

maturity point of view, from a leadership point

of view. Obviously the more you play the more

experienced you become and just small little

things in terms of back-three play, the way you

attack and the way you defend and the running

line and he’s really shared that with everybody

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around him. We’ve got a saying, we don’t

compete with each other, we share with each

other and he’s been really excellent with all the

lads and the younger lads. If you look at our

squad there’s some incredible competition in

that back three and everybody’s bought in and

so has he. So really good to have him around

the building.”

JACK O’DONOGHUE

On pre-season training.…

“I had a good pre-season. It was tough. The

first two weeks were very much led by the S&C

department. We got a lot of work done early on

and then were able to focus on the rugby for the

latter end of pre-season. It was very beneficial.

The group as a whole has hit the ground running.

You could see that from the performance and

result against Exeter. The group of players that

are here are a young ambitious group and are

certainly hard working. We are looking forward

to kicking off the season now on Saturday.”

period. I see myself as one of the senior players

within the group and being able to give some

words of wisdom to the younger lads when you

are on the field together is hugely beneficial.

I’ve been there in that situation…an arm around

the shoulder or a quiet word during the game

goes a long way.”

On his ambitions to represent Ireland again…

“Absolutely. That’s a major driving factor for

me personally and I think a lot of players in this

squad. You are looking at a World Cup in two

years’ time – to be

in Andy Farrell’s

squad for that is

a huge ambition

for someone like

me anyway going

forward.”

On the younger players coming

through…

“It’s been a seamless transition for

them. They might seem young but

they are certainly a confident group.

Their abilities are incredible, from the

work that they’ve done in the Academy

and the transition through that. Last

year, with Covid, it brought us all

closer together as a group. That has

eased the transition for a lot of them.

They might still be in the Academy or

just moved up to the senior system

but it feels like they’ve been around

certainly for the last two or three years

anyway.”

On his own role in the squad…

“Over the last few years I’ve been building

into more of a leadership role. Unfortunately

losing the likes of CJ, Billy, Tommy…these

lads. They were huge men within our squad

so there is that gap. Over the last

few years there has been a transition

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WOMEN’S RUGBY NEWS

Niamh Briggs

THE RETURN OF THE AIL

The AIL returned earlier today with Ballincollig

RFC hosting Suttonians at Tanner Park and UL

Bohemian RFC at home to Cooke.

Former international and UL Bohs players

Fiona Hayes has been busy preparing her

charges in Ballincollig after what has been a

long wait:

“We’ve been a long time waiting to get out

on the pitch to prepare for the Energia AIL,”

Hayes told IrishRugby.ie. "It was supposed

to be in 2020 and it didn’t happen so people

were training hard at home.

“It’s that test that we’re excited about. I’ve

been involved in the AIL as a player and a

coach and now it’s about trying to show

these players what it takes to survive and

thrive at that level. We’re excited to test

ourselves and see what it’s like playing 80

minutes of non-stop rugby."

Her former team mate at Ireland and

UL Bohs, Niamh Briggs will lead

Bohs for the first time as Head

Coach having been appointed

earlier this year, and has enjoyed

recent interprovincial success as

the Backs Coach with the Munster

women’s team.

Next Saturday, Oct 2, Ballincollig

travel to Cooke while UL

Bohemians travel to play

Galwegians.

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MUNSTER SENIOR CUP DRAW

Eight teams throughout the province will

contest this season’s Munster Senior Cup

and the draw has brought about some

exciting matchups with Munster’s two

Women’s All Ireland League clubs, UL

Bohemian RFC and Ballincollig RFC, facing

off against each other in the first round.

Tipperary Women and Dolphin RFC will be

making their Munster Senior Cup debuts

in what will be their first season after their

respective adult teams were formed earlier

this year.

Competitions Sub-Committee member

Grainne O’Connell said that the players can’t

wait to get back to competitive action after

such a long absence.

“From speaking to all the teams, all the

squads and all the players, they are just

absolutely raring to go,” O’Connell said.

“All divisional leagues will start next

weekend and shortly followed by the first

round of the Munster Senior Cup. The

players literally cannot wait to get back

and get playing again. There’s just great

excitement among everybody for it.”

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TWO GAMES PLAYED AHEAD

OF NEW SEASON

As part of the build up to today’s URC

opener, Munster played two pre-season

games in recent weeks with 44 players

involved over the two games.

Munster had been expecting to play

Bath on 4 September at Thomond Park,

however, following the cancellation of

that game, a 60-minute training match

took place in front of the limited crowd in

Thomond Park.

The Munster Grey team, captained by Rory

Scannell claimed a 38-21 win.

Munster travelled to Sandy Park on

11 September last and played out an

entertaining clash against Exeter Chiefs in

front of a big home crowd, with the visitors

winning 31-19.

The sides were level at 12-all after 40

minutes.

Thirty-one Munster players were involved

on the day with tries from Rory Scannell,

Calvin Nash (two), Neil Cronin and Roman

Salanoa. Ben Healy and Jack Crowley

added points off the tee.

The clash saw Neil Cronin make a welcome

return to action from a long-term knee

injury.

Jack O’Donoghue captained the side

with Greencore Munster Rugby Academy

quartet Mark Donnelly, Cian Hurley, Paddy

Kelly and Paddy Patterson all featuring.

MUNSTER TRAINING MATCH TEAMS

Munster Red: Matt Gallagher; Seán French, Calvin Nash,

Alex McHenry, Conor Phillips; Jack Crowley, Rowan

Osborne; Liam O’Connor, Scott Buckley, Keynan Knox;

Jean Kleyn, Fearghail O’Donoghue; Jack O’Donoghue (C),

Jack Daly, Daniel Okeke. Replacements: Mark Donnelly,

Roman Salanoa, Neil Cronin, Ben Healy.

Munster Grey: Simon Zebo; Jonathan Wren, Liam

Coombes, Rory Scannell (C), Ethan Coughlan; Jake

Flannery, Paddy Patterson; Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid

Barron, Stephen Archer; Cian Hurley, Paddy Kelly; John

Forde, Chris Cloete, Alex Kendellen. Replacements: Ronan

Loughnane, James French, Alan Flannery, Darragh French.

EXETER CHIEFS V MUNSTER

Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell,

Matt Gallagher; Ben Healy, Rowan Osborne; Jeremy

Loughman, Niall Scannell, Keynan Knox; Jean Kleyn,

Thomas Ahern; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Chris Cloete, Alex

Kendellen. Replacements (all used): Diarmuid Barron,

Liam O’Connor, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Mark

Donnelly, Cian Hurley, Jack O’Sullivan, Paddy Kelly, Jack

Daly, Neil Cronin, Paddy Patterson, Jack Crowley, Jake

Flannery, Liam Coombes, Alex McHenry, Seán French.

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Exeter Chiefs

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MUNSTER RUGBY

Lock

22.02.00

H: 2.06m

W: 116.82kg

Hons: Ire U20

THOMAS AHERN

STEPHEN ARCHER

Prop

29.01.88

H:1.88m

W: 118.18kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

Hooker

06.08.98

H: 1.93 m

W: 98.18 kg

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)

JOEY CARBERY

Flyhalf

01.11.95

H: 1.93m

W: 85.91kg

Hons: Ire (24 caps)

Scrum Half

19.04.99

H: 1.65 m

W: 75.91 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

CRAIG CASEY

Back Row

15.02.91

H: 1.75 m

W: 105.91 kg

Hons: ~

CHRIS CLOETE

ANDREW CONWAY

Full Back/Wing

11.07.91

H: 1.8 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire (25 caps)

Back Row/Lock

11.12.97

H: 1.98 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

GAVIN COOMBES

Wing

01.05.97

H: 1.91m

W: 89.09kg

Hons: Ire U20

LIAM COOMBES

Scrum Half

06.12.92

H: 1.73 m

W: 83.18 kg

Hons: Ire Clubs

NEIL CRONIN

Fly Half

13.01.00

H: 1.85 m

W: 89.09 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK CROWLEY

Back Row

12.08.98

H: 1.83 m

W: 106.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK DALY

Centre

19.12.96

H: 1.91 m

W: 91.82 kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

SHANE DALY

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE

Centre

25.11.91

H: 1.91 m

W: 105 kg

Hons: SA (53 caps)

KEITH EARLS

Universal Back

02.10.87

H: 1.78 m

W: 86.82 kg

Hons: Ire (93 caps)

CHRIS FARRELL

Centre

16.03.93

H: 1.91 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire (15 caps)

Fly Half

07.06.99

H: 1.83m

W: 89.09kg

Hons: Ire U20

JAKE FLANNERY

Prop

22.11.98

H: 1.85 m

W: 120.91 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JAMES FRENCH

Universal Back

14.08.99

H:1.88m

W: 99.09 kg

Hons: Ire U20

SEAN FRENCH

Full Back

26.10.96

H: 1.85 m

W: 95.91 kg

Hons: Eng U20

MATT GALLAGHER

DAN GOGGIN

Centre

10.12.94

H: 1.88 m

W: 86.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20, 7s

Full Back

28.06.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 93.18 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

MIKE HALEY

Fly Half

29.06.99

H:1.91 m

W: 96.82 kg

Hons: Ire U20

BEN HEALY

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SQUAD 2021/22

Back Row

10.01.99

H: 1.83 m

W: 105kg

Hons: Ire U20

JOHN HODNETT

Lock

02.12.95

H: 2.03 m

W: 124.09kg

Hons: SA (1 cap)

JASON JENKINS

DAVE KILCOYNE

Prop

14.12.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 110.91 kg

Hons: Ire (45 caps)

JEAN KLEYN

Lock

26.08.93

H: 2.03m

W: 120.91 kg

Hons: Ire (5 caps)

Prop

06.04.99

H: 1.85 m

W: 115 kg

Hons: ~

KEYNAN KNOX

Prop

22.07.95

H: 1.85 m

W: 118.18 kg

Hons: ~

JEREMY LOUGHMAN

LIAM O'CONNOR

KEVIN O'BYRNE

CALVIN NASH

CONOR MURRAY

DECLAN MOORE

ALEX MCHENRY

Centre

07.10.97

H: 1.88 m

W: 95 kg

Hons: Ire U20, 7s

Hooker

20.04.89

H: 1.84 m

W: 112 kg

Hons: ~

Scrum Half

20.04.89

H: 1.88 m

W: 93.18 kg

Hons: Ire (89 caps)

Wing

08.08.97

H: 1.78 m

W: 90 kg

Hons: Ire U20

Hooker

16.04.91

H:1.8m

W: 105 kg

Hons: ~

Prop

13.07.95

H: 1.78 m

W: 110 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK O'DONOGHUE

Back Row

08.02.94

H: 1.91 m

W: 109.09 kg

Hons: Ire (2 caps)

PETER O'MAHONY

Back Row

17.09.89

H: 1.91 m

W: 106.82 kg

Hons: Ire (76 caps)

Back Row

01.10.98

H: 1.88 m

W: 100 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JACK O'SULLIVAN

Scrum Half

03.11.96

H: 1.7m

W: 78.18kg

Hons: Ire Sch

ROWAN OSBORNE

JOHN RYAN

Prop

02.08.88

H: 1.83 m

W: 120 kg

Hons: Ire (24 caps)

Prop

28.10.97

H: 1.83 m

W: 123.18 kg

Hons: USA U20

ROMAN SALANOA

NIALL SCANNELL

Hooker

08.04.92

H: 1.85 m

W: 110.91 kg

Hons: Ire (20 caps)

RORY SCANNELL

Centre

22.12.93

H: 1.78 m

W: 95.91 kg

Hons: Ire (3 caps)

RG SNYMAN

Lock

29.01.95

H: 1.2.06 m

W: 116.82 kg

Hons: SA (23 caps)

Lock/Back Row

11.12.97

H: 1.93 m

W: 111.82 kg

Hons: Ire (1 cap)

FINEEN WYCHERLEY

Prop

22.07.99

H: 1.83 m

W: 108.18 kg

Hons: Ire U20

JOSH WYCHERLEY

SIMON ZEBO

Wing

16.03.90

H: 1.88 m

W: 99.09 kg

Hons: Ire (35 caps)

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Joey Carbery

Simon Zebo

Rory Scannell

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Andrew Conway

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CELL C SHARKS

STARTING XV

Khwezi Mona

Kerron van

Vuuren

Thomas du Toit

Le Roux Roets

Gerbrandt

Grobler

Dylan

Richardson

Henco Venter

Phepsi

Buthelezi (C)

Ruan Pienaar

Boeta

Chamberlain

Thaakir

Abrahams

Marius Louw

Werner Kok

Yaw Penxe

Curwin Bosch

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Evans (WRU)

AR1: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)

AR2: Dermot Blake (IRFU)

TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)

Replacements

16. Fez Mbatha 17. Ntuthuko Mchunu 18. Khutha Mchunu 19. Hyron Andrews

20. Ruben van Heerden 21. Mpilo Gumede 22. Sanele Nohamba 23.Jeremy Ward

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THE LOWDOWN

We take a look at tonight's opposition, the Cell

C Sharks, on their first visit to Thomond Park.

The side are based in Durban in the KwaZulu

Natal Province and play in the Jonsson Kings

Park Stadium, known as ‘The Shark Tank.’

Sean Everitt

THE SQUAD

The Sharks boast some of the most exciting

talents preparing to make their mark in the URC,

with Siya Kolisi, Makazole Mapimpi and captain

Lukhanyo Am among the star names in their

ranks. These three players, along with former

Munster player Thomas du Toit, Ox Nche, Jaden

Hendrikse, Sbu Nkosi and Aphelele Fassi were

all selected for the 2021 Rugby Championship

Springbok squad. Their squad added 12 new

names including Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, an

Argentinean outhalf from Leicester Tigers

who has played four times for his country. The

Sharks have also bolstered their squad with the

addition of players such as Bongi Mbonambi

and Ben Tapuai while Ruan Pienaar and Tian

Meyer - both of whom have PRO14 experience

on their CVs - have joined from the Cheetahs on

short-term loan deals. Eduan Keyter and former

Munster player Gerbrandt Grobler have also

been added to their ranks.

THE FORM GUIDE

The Durban outfit reached the final of the

Currie Cup but suffered a 44-10 defeat as the

Bulls claimed the title. The Cell C Sharks gave

the British and Irish Lions a scare in the second

of their two matches against the tourists, going

in 26-26 at half-time after a four-try first-half

display before eventually falling to defeat.

THOMAS DU TOIT

Age: 26

Position: Prop

Sharks Appearances: 81

Honours: Springboks (13 caps)

Height: 189cm

Weight: 130kg

THE COACHING TICKET

Sean Everitt is the Cell C Sharks Head Coach

and came up through the ranks as a former

youth coach and assistant coach to take the

helm of the Currie Cup team in 2019 before

becoming Head Coach of the Sharks in 2020.

Former Leinster Academy manager, Noel

McNamara is the attack coach. In 2018 he was

appointed head coach of the Ireland U20 side,

winning a Six Nations Grand Slam title in 2019.

Belfast born John McFarland is the defence

coach and previously coached at the Bulls with

Heyneke Meyer from 2001-2012 during which

time they won three Super Rugby titles. He has

been to two World Cups with the Springboks as

assistant coach. Forwards coach Etienne Fynn

and skills coach Phiwe Nomlomo complete the

coaching team.

ONE TO WATCH

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MUNSTER RECLAIM

INTERPRO TITLE

Chloe Pearse’s power-packed brace of tries

inspired Munster’s first Vodafone Women’s

Interprovincial title in four years, as they

boxed clever to beat Leinster 19-7 at

Energia Park on September 11 last.

Captain Sarah Quin lifted the trophy after

Matt Brown’s well-drilled side completed

a clean sweep of wins, adding to victories

over Ulster and Connacht (31-7) on the

previous weekends.

With Ireland involved in Rugby World Cup

qualifiers currently, this season’s Interpros

were played without the international

players. Twelve players made their senior

rugby debuts for Munster throughout this

Championship.

The three weekends of action showed that

the depth is growing under the national

team, with a number of youngsters pushing

through and previously-capped players like

Pearse (five tries in all) and Nicole Cronin

(26 points) both starring as the top try and

points scorers respectively.

A modest Pearse said afterwards: “If I’m

scoring the tries, there’s 14 other people

that put me in a good position to do so.

They’ve done the hard yards, all I’m doing

is dotting it down.

“I don’t care if I don’t score any, as long

as we win the Interpros, to be honest with

you. Winning this (player-of-the-match)

award is nothing compared to winning that

(trophy) over there.

Speaking after the final whistle, victorious

skipper Sarah Quin commented: “It feels

unbelievable. We waited three years for

this. We just wanted it so much. As I said, it

was three years in the making.

"There’s a lot of us that felt pain in 2018 and

2019 (losing to Leinster). And we just didn’t

want to lose again, so it was just about that

drive.”

Click HERE for more reaction, videos and

photos.

In August, it was announced that Bank

of Ireland have augmented their long

association with the province to include

primary sponsorship of the Women’s

Senior Squad and the women’s game in

Munster until 2023.

As with their sponsorship of the Men’s

Senior Squad, Bank of Ireland now appears

on the front of the Women’s Senior Squad

playing jersey, cementing their support of

the province across both the men’s and

women’s senior teams.

Munster Captain

Sarah Quin lifts the

Vodafone Women's

Interprovincial

Championship trophy

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GETTING TO KNOW

Rowan Osborne

Rowan Osborne recently spoke to www.munsterrugby.ie about how he’s settling into

life at Munster after joining the province over the summer.

The scrum half lined out in the Munster Challenge Match and played in the pre-season

clash against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

The 24-year-old Kildare native made 10 appearances for Leinster in the PRO14.

ON SETTLING IN…

“Very well. We’ve had a tough few weeks of

pre-season but I’m enjoying it. Getting on

with the lads and looking forward to getting

into the proper season.”

ON HIS RUGBY PATHWAY…

“I started off playing rugby when I was 5

or 6 years old and I’ve been playing ever

since. I played through school and played

Irish Schools. When I left school, I played

Leinster U20s and then played AIL for 4

years with Trinity. Off the back of a decent

season in 2018/19 I went into Leinster and

was there for two years.”

ON HIS EXPERIENCE OF PLAYING IN

THOMOND PARK FOR LEINSTER IN

DECEMBER 2019…

“It was a bit mad. I wasn’t supposed to

play that game but one of the other scrum

halves was sick so I ended up starting. It was

the first game I started for Leinster as well

so it was a bit of a cauldron. But it was a

really amazing experience. The crowd were

incredibly noisy that day and very hostile so

it will be nice to be on the other side of it!”

ON THE NEW TOURNAMENT FORMAT…

“It’s great to have four really strong South

African teams. Obviously, we have a couple

of them coming up, but it will be great to

have a new dimension in the league so

looking forward to seeing what they bring.

We saw a lot of their internationals on the

Lions tour over the summer so there is a lot

of quality there across the four really strong

teams so looking forward to playing them

up here and down there.”

ON HIS HOPES FOR THE SEASON AHEAD…

“I just look at it as try to get better every

week, take it week by week and try to

improve. Selection is sort

of out of your hands so all

you can do is put up your

hand up in training and

see what happens after

that. I think we have a

really strong squad of

players here so I would

think we would expect

to be competing on

both fronts for

the season.”

ON COMPETITION IN THE SQUAD…

“The depth is really good at scrum half

especially, but we will be driving each other

on and driving standards. Murray coming

back – obviously he had a great tour with

the Lions – it will be great to learn from him.

We will be pushing each other throughout

the season. Competition is a good thing.”

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS

SUMMER PROGRAMME REVIEW

The Rugby Excellence Camp at Musgrave Park

With restrictions surrounding outdoor training

for both children and adult players easing at

the beginning of the summer, participation

programmes run by the Rugby Development

department have been at the forefront

throughout the province.

The Bank of Ireland Munster Rugby Summer

Camps were a huge success with 2,000 boys and

girls attending camps throughout the province

at 22 different venues during the months of July

and August. The camps, which were run by fully

accredited IRFU Mini Rugby coaches, provided

a safe and fun environment for children aged

6-12.

At the end of July, 120 boys aged 13-16 took

part in the Munster Rugby Excellence Camps

which were held over a one-week period in

both Musgrave Park and Thomond Park. The

Excellence Camps provided a premium rugby

experience and offered a week-long structured

rugby development programme which included

core skill development, game understanding,

position-specific training, appropriate strength

and conditioning training and teamwork.

Throughout the summer, 36 ‘Rugby On The

Green’ sessions took place throughout Cork

with over 500 children taking part. Rugby On

The Green is a part of Cork City Council and Cork

Sports Partnership’s ‘Sports On The Green’

initiative which began last year in response to

Covid-19 restrictions. The programme takes

place on housing estate greens throughout the

city and it aims to remove the barriers to sports

participation.

At the end of August, Munster Rugby held an

Inclusion Camp at Ballincollig RFC. The camp

was open to children of all disabilities aged

6-12 and it focuses on adapting rugby to meet

the needs of camp attendees to maximise their

enjoyment. Twenty-one children participated in

the Inclusion Camp.

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With children now back at school, it is hoped

that many of those who experienced rugby for

the first time throughout the summer will now

seek out a club for further participation.

Rugby Participation and Operations Manager,

Damon Urlich, said:

“Despite the challenges which were posed by

Covid-19 and the associated restrictions, we

experienced great participation in our various

programmes, particularly the Bank of Ireland

Munster Rugby Summer Camps. I’d like to say

thank you to the public for their understanding

and patience as we worked through the new

procedures and protocols for the camps this

year. Our appreciation also goes out to our

staff who provided a brilliant experience to the

children in all of the different programmes run

throughout the summer.”

energy, enthusiasm and planning of our staff.

The feedback from parents was all about how

good the coaches were to their children and

the great rugby experience that was provided

to them.”

CLICK HERE for videos and content from the

Summer programmes.

Rugby on the Green in Blarney

Participation Coordinator Ray Gadsden added

that “the success of our camps were due to the

CCRO INDUCTION DAY

Munster Rugby held an induction day at

Musgrave Park last week for this season’s Club

& Community Rugby Officers (CCROs).

The CCROs will be working with clubs and

schools across the province over the next eight

months, introducing rugby into the school

through PE classes and helping to link the

schools with their local clubs.

The induction day allowed the CCROs to plan

their schedules for the coming season and also

to go through the various drills and games that

they will be implementing with the playing

groups throughout the year.

These drills and games are designed with the

aim that the players experience maximum

enjoyment and a love of the sport.

The role of a CCRO is very important as they

are one of the first links between the schools

and the clubs.

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ZEBO KEEN TO GET STUCK IN

Simon Zebo returned to Munster during

the Summer after three seasons with

Racing 92 and featured in the recent

training match here in Thomond Park.

Munster’s all-time record try-scorer

returns to the club where he made 144

appearances and scored 60 tries between

2010 and 2018.

The Cork man is revelling in getting

reacquainted with some familiar faces at

the HPC and getting to know some new

ones:

“It’s great to be back. I haven’t stopped

smiling since I’ve been back. Enjoying

every minute of it. It’s been fantastic. Great

group of guys.

“There are some familiar faces in the mix

as well. I’m very happy to be home.”

Zebo has been very impressed with some

of the young talent that has started to make

their mark:

“Some unbelievable young athletes and

some really skilful guys here – the Jake

Flannerys, the Jack Crowleys, Daniel

Okeke…these guys have been pushing it

on really far. There’s a great buzz around

the camp, great buzz around the team. A

great blend of youth and experience. I’m

really looking forward to the new season.”

In Paris, he made 60 appearances for

Racing 92, scoring 21 tries.

“There were some seriously talented

players over at Racing. They brought a new

mindset and a different way of thinking. It

was a lot of fun to play with them. More

importantly they were a great group of

guys and I’ve made some friends for life, so

I’ll take that experience with me for a very

long time.”

Zebo is excited about the season ahead

and looking forward to seeing the fans

return:

“Just to get to run out in Thomond Park

and put the boots on and run around with

your friends again is what it’s all about and

I’m very, very excited to do that.

“We are building really nicely into the

season. To be able to play back here with

the fans here again will be very special.

The last time I was here in a different jersey

there was a full house. We are building

towards it – not a full house yet – but I can’t

wait for the day I put on the red jersey and

play in front of a full house. I can’t wait to

get stuck in.”

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UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE

Sport Ireland have issued a guidance note

to help the rugby community manage the

easing of restrictions and put appropriate

practises in place that will help us all

emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.

CLICK HERE to Download Sport Ireland

Guidance Note

This note supersedes all previous

guidelines issued by both the IRFU and

Sport Ireland. Where any doubt remains,

clubs and schools are expected to abide

by all public health guidelines and exercise

their own judgement.

In line with this document, use of pods

is not required for rugby training from

September 20th onwards.

Clubs and schools should continue to have

an up-to-date COVID-19 Health & Safety

Plan inc. Risk Assessment. COVID-19

Safety Officers, Compliance Officers and

Committees are asked to remain in place.

All members of the rugby community

should continue to exercise the basics of

COVID-19 safety that will continue to be

effective, particularly in the winter season.

These include staying at home/restricting

movements if symptomatic, coughing and

sneezing etiquette, hand hygiene and the

wearing of face coverings in congregated

indoor settings.

The IRFU recommends use of the

COVID-19 Tracker App throughout the

2021/22 season.

What measures will be in place from

September 20 to October 22?

Sport Ireland have mapped out a series

of protective measures that will help keep

clubs and schools safe from September 20

to October 22.

The measures outlined address:

• Transport To and From Activities &

Events

• Showers / Changing Rooms / Sports

Clubhouse Gyms

• Indoor Meetings & Educational /

Coaching Courses

• Health Questionnaires

• Substantial distance Among Pods

• Sharing Of Equipment

• Use of Masks

• COVID Infrastructure Post October 22

• Ventilation

Rugby clubs are asked to note, in

particular:

Buses used by clubs and schools for

rugby should operate at 75% capacity in

line with private coach tour activity, not

100% capacity in line with public transport

capacity as previously advised. Protective

measures on buses such as physical

distancing and mask wearing should

remain in place for this period.

As previously advised by the IRFU, shower

and changing facilities can reopen from

September 20 with protective measures

in place. Measures should include a time

limit on use of facilities and restricting

facilities only to those who need them.

Physical distancing measures should also

be in place e.g., making only every second

shower/hanger available.

Sport Ireland recommend the wearing

of masks in shared indoor areas, with

showers an exception.

Indoor meetings should take place in line

with government guidelines on indoor

activity.

Use of IRFU COVID-19 Personal

Assessment Declarations should remain in

place until at least October 22.

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FOUR TEAMS REMAIN IN

MUNSTER SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP

The semi-finalists of the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior Challenge Cup and Plate

competitions are now known after the quarter finals were played last weekend.

Highfield booked their place in the semifinals

for a second successive season,

beating Crescent 31-32 in a cracking game

in Limerick.

Holders Young Munster had a decisive 34-

15 win over UL Bohemian at Tom Clifford

Park.

Cashel came from behind to beat Nenagh

Ormond 10-7 with Garryowen brushing

aside the challenge of Bruff with a 48-10

win at Kilballyowen Park.

In the Bank of Ireland Munster Senior

Challenge Plate, Midleton lost 49-12

away to Shannon at Coonagh while Cork

Constitution defeated Dolphin 55-10.

UCC defeated Clonmel 33-15 in what was

a spirited performance from the Tipperary

side.

Sunday’s Well saw off the challenge of

Kilfeacle with a 20-10 away win.

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Bruff 10-48 Garryowen

Nenagh Ormond 7-10 Cashel

Old Crescent 31-32 Highfield

Young Munster 34-15 UL Bohemian RFC

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Clonmel 15-33 UCC

Cork Constitution 55-10 Dolphin

Kilfeacle 14-20 Sunday’s Well

Shannon 49-12 Midleton

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MUNSTER SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP

Cashel v Garryowen

Highfield v Young Munster

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SENIOR CHALLENGE PLATE

Shannon v UCC

Sunday’s Well v Cork Constitution

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