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United Rugby Championship Round 2 | We hear from Stephen Larkham and Dave Kilcoyne ahead of the game, take a look at the opposition, and review the latest rugby happenings from across the province.

v DHL STORMERS

THOMOND PARK

02 OCT 2021|7.35PM

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WELCOME BACK

Last Saturday in Italy, it was a case of so close but

not to be for our Irish Women’s team as they lost out

in the dying seconds in their game against Scotland.

We acknowledge the efforts of our Munster players

who made a huge contribution to the campaign.

On the domestic rugby front, the Women’s AIL

started last we ekend with Ballincollig recording

a home win in nail-biting fashion, overcoming

Suttonians on a 14-13 score line. UL Bohemian RFC

hosted Cooke and started their season in style with

a 46-12 win. It was a good weekend for our women’s

teams. Best of luck this weekend and for the season

ahead.

Tonight, we welcome John Dobson, his squad

and all involved in the DHL Stormers to Thomond

Park for this Round 2 game of the United Rugby

Championship.

The Stormers come into this game after losing out

narrowly to Benetton Rugby last week. They will be

disappointed with this result as they led for most of

the game. They will see that as an opportunity lost

and an added incentive coming into tonight’s game

- not that any is needed.

Munster, on the other hand, had a comfortable win

in the end against the Cell C Sharks, but will take

nothing for granted. Last week’s game is history and

all the focus and attention is on tonight’s opposition.

Our best wishes to Johann, his coaching team and

all the squad in tonight’s game.

The Men’s AIL starts this weekend and like most

teams at all levels, clubs are going into a competitive

game for the first time in over a year, so form is not

a factor. It’s a case of getting out on the field and

getting the first game out of the way and build from

there. Again, best of luck to all our Munster teams

involved.

Our thanks to our main sponsor Bank of Ireland,

our kit supplier adidas and all our sponsors for their

continued and loyal support.

To the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible.

Sean McCullough

President, Munster Branch IRFU

Thomond Park welcomed back supporters last

Saturday for the first time in over 18 months.

When you see people queuing outside at 6pm for

a 7.35pm kick off, you know how much it means

for them to be back. To see and hear the Munster

faithful was something that players and supporters

alike had looked forward to for such a long time.

The atmosphere before and during the game was

fantastic. We can look forward to more of the same

tonight.

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,

2 HEMISPHERES,

1 LEAGUE

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Munster Rugby will accommodate up to 75% of

the stadium capacity for Munster’s next home

game which will be against Connacht Rugby on

Saturday, October 16 in Thomond Park. Tickets

for this interpro clash are now on sale HERE.

As per government guidelines, 75% attendance

is possible where all adult supporters are

vaccinated or immune (fully vaccinated or

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months, or are under the age of 18). It is the

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PHILLIPS SHINES IN CANADA

In Greencore Munster Rugby Academy news,

winger Conor Phillips scored two tries for the

Ireland Sevens team in Edmonton, Canada last

weekend.

The previous weekend saw Phillips notch up four

tries on his World Series debut in Vancouver.

A former Ireland U20 international, Phillips

plays his AIL rugby with Young Munster and is a

product of Crescent College Comprehensive.

He made his international debut with the 7s side

in May 2021.

Conor Phillips in action at the

Red v Grey training match

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UP AND RUNNING

This evening the DHL Stormers come to

Thomond Park for the first time, hoping

to get their campaign back on track after

their 22-18 defeat to Benetton Rugby last

weekend in Treviso.

Munster’s opening round match against the

Cell C Sharks saw Simon Zebo touching

down twice in his return to the red jersey,

with Gavin Coombes continuing his

excellent try scoring form from last season

with two of his own. Craig Casey and Chris

Cloete made it six tries for the home side,

which was the most tries scored by any

team in Round 1.

ROUND 2 PREVIEW

Round 2 kicked off last night with Connacht

hosting the Vodacom Bulls and Scarlets at

home to the Emirates Lions.

On the billing for earlier today were

Benetton v Edinburgh, Glasgow Warriors v

Cell C Sharks and Zebre v Ulster. Ospreys

are hosting Cardiff Blues this evening at the

Liberty Stadium.

The round finishes off tomorrow with

Leinster on the road at Rodney Parade

against the Dragons.

AFTER ROUND 1

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

1 LEINSTER 1 1 0 0 31 3 28 4 0 1 0 5

2 MUNSTER 1 1 0 0 42 17 25 6 2 1 0 5

3 EMIRATES LIONS 1 1 0 0 38 26 12 5 4 1 0 5

4 CARDIFF 1 1 0 0 33 21 12 5 2 1 0 5

5 ULSTER 1 1 0 0 35 29 6 5 4 1 0 5

6 EDINBURGH 1 1 0 0 26 22 4 4 3 1 0 5

7 OSPREYS 1 1 0 0 27 23 4 3 2 0 0 4

8 BENETTON RUGBY 1 1 0 0 22 18 4 3 2 0 0 4

9 GLASGOW WARRIORS 1 0 0 1 29 35 -6 4 5 1 1 2

10 SCARLETS 1 0 0 1 22 26 -4 3 4 0 1 1

11 DRAGONS 1 0 0 1 23 27 -4 2 3 0 1 1

12 DHL STORMERS 1 0 0 1 18 22 -4 2 3 0 1 1

13 ZEBRE 1 0 0 1 26 38 -12 4 5 1 0 1

14 CONNACHT 1 0 0 1 21 33 -12 2 5 0 0 0

15 CELL C SHARKS 1 0 0 1 17 42 -25 2 6 0 0 0

16 VODACOM BULLS 1 0 0 1 3 31 -28 0 4 0 0 0

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Warrick Gelant in

action for the DHL

Stormers last weekend

Craig Casey presented with

the Man of the Match award

last weekend by Munster

captain Peter O'Mahony

Simon Zebo

COMPARISON MUNSTER DHL STORMERS

Last 3 URC results 28 May - Cardiff Rugby (H) W 31-27 4 Jun - Bulls (A) L 27-31

11 Jun - Zebre (A) W 54-11 12 Jun - Lions (H) W 0-0

25 Sep - Sharks (H) W 42-17 25 Sep - Benetton (A) L 18-22

URC 2021/22 Shield IR: 2nd - W1 D0 L0 - 5pts Shield SA: 2nd - W0 D0 L1 - 1pts

URC form W (5pts) L (1pts)

Top try scorer 2 - Simon Zebo, Gavin Coombes 1 - Rikus Pretorius, Ruhan Nel

Top points scorer 10 - Simon Zebo, Gavin Coombes 8 - Manie Libbok

MATCH FACTS

Munster’s only defeat in their last six

United Rugby Championship matches was

20-24 at home to Connacht in the Rainbow

Cup.

Munster’s only loss to a South African

opponent in the Championship was 16-

40 against Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in

October 2019.

DHL Stormers have lost their last three

United Rugby Championship matches

since beating Sharks 25-20 in Durban in

the Rainbow Cup in May.

Stormers most recent victory outside of

South Africa was 41-24 against the Rebels

in Super Rugby in April 2019.

• The two sides have never met before in a

competitive fixture.

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THE INSIDE TRACK

STEPHEN LARKHAM

On last weekend’s win against the Cell C

Sharks…

“Very happy with the result. We certainly

showed patches where we were happy with the

game and then other patches where we've got a

few things to work on. First hit out for a number

of guys. Special mention to Simon Zebo, I

thought he had a fantastic return to the Munster

jersey and then RG Snyman’s first game after a

horrendous 12 months for him so it's good to

have those guys back out there. Rowan Osborne

made his debut for Munster as well. For other

guys it was their first 80-minute performance

and first game since last season. All in all, we're

very happy with the result, there's no doubt

about that but, like everyone said after the game,

there are a lot of things that we can still work on.”

On working with Craig Casey…

“Look I’ve only been here for a couple of years,

and I've always seen the same side of Craig, in

the Academy programme...very diligent with all

of his off-field work. He prepares extremely well

for field sessions and games, and it was kind

of inevitable that he would get an opportunity.

He's played for his nation now and he's played

exceptionally well for us. The diligence that

he's shown off the field has resulted in what's

happened on the field for him. He's becoming

a natural leader in the team because he's so

driven and passionate about winning every

week.”

even if we've seen an amazing pre-season from

a young kid coming through and we say, ‘well

we need to give him some game time.’ It's not

like he cemented his spot straight away, so we

are for these first five games, and I think you'll

see that in the selections, we are trying to

get some rotation in there to give everyone a

chance out there on the field.”

On the superb team try last weekend…

“I think that was the whole of the team play there.

It was a beautiful passage. We had a similar one

last year against Cardiff except this one came

from the kick off and touched just about every

set of hands out there which was really nice. It

was good to see. We had really good conditions

on the weekend and if conditions are right and

you get a little bit of luck sometimes those

things come off. It was good to watch.

It's beautiful rugby when the

ball is kept alive like that. You

know we'd love to do that

every single passage of play but

there's other challenging factors.

Most teams in this competition had

very good defenses and I think by

the end of the game the Sharks

were pretty fatigued. They

were over it and they

knew they couldn’t win

the game.”

On the importance of squad rotation…

“We're certainly very conscious of trying to get

everyone some minutes on the field but we're

including the trial games in that. I guess leading

up to the trial games yes, we were looking at

training form. You can't do much more than

that. Like I said before you've got to give your

incumbents a chance to go out there and play

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DAVE KILCOYNE

On getting back in action…

“It was unbelievable to get back playing, very

fortunate to play in front of the fans. It's been

such a long road since we've had Munster fans

back there, it was unreal. I have had a stop start

season since that World Cup and with Covid

and everything so it's great to hit the ground

running.”

On approaching 200 caps for Munster

“Look if I get to hit that number, which I'm sure

I will, I'd be delighted but look I've always said

I wanted to play until 40 that's been one of my

goals, so I'll be looking at that 300 number. The

two-hundred mark is just the midway point.”

On depth in the squad…

“I think we have. You look at Keynan Knox, the

young tight head who came on the weekend

and did very well. We have Diarmuid Barron

another young great prospect coming through.

You obviously have Stephen Archer, John Ryan,

myself, Jeremy Loughman - the list goes on. I

think there’s a very strong group there. You can

always get better as a player, get better as a

squad. We have an incredible forwards coach

in Graham Rowntree who pushes us every day.

He's done it all as a player and coach - club,

international, Lions - and for the front rows

to have hands on work with him…he’s been

incredible for me.”

On the energy within the squad…

“The vibe feels unbelievable in here. Not having

crowds here for 18 months…not just for the

players. I think it gives everyone appreciation.

We did that lap - we’d normally do that in

Champions Cup days - a lap around the stadium

before to build a little bit energy but the energy

was insane on Saturday. I'm the type of player

who feeds off energy and a lot of people really

are in here. I think we have a great group of

lads here at the moment. I read Craig Casey's

interview after the game he just talks about

the buzz around the place. There's a great buzz

amongst the coaches and players. I think the

fans could feel it on Saturday and we felt we fed

off their energy, they fed off ours. Long may it

continue. We've been long enough without it.”

On playing with RG Snyman…

“He brings a huge amount of experience

and he's a world class player. He looks like

something out of the WWE should be fighting

in the Summer Series or something like that.

He's been incredible for us. To have that size

and that power in the row…you just see what

he can do with the ball. That was his first game

in how long, so he probably didn’t get his

hands on the ball as much. But what he can do

with it! That little carry down the touchline with

his one hand off load. He can do things that I

haven't seen too many players able to do. For

us to have him is incredible.”

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WOMEN’S RUGBY NEWS

Ballincollig RFC ©Colbert O'Sullivan

WINNING AIL START FOR

MUNSTER TEAMS

Ballincollig became the story of the first

round of the Women’s All-Ireland League

after holding on to beat Suttonians 14-13 in a

nail-biting finish at Tanner Park last Saturday,

while UL Bohemians got their campaign off

to a flying start by beating Cooke 46-12.

Ballincollig’s long-awaited return to AIL rugby

kicked off in brilliant fashion, young out-half

Kelly Griffin jinking through midfield to score

and convert after just six minutes.

Suttonians scrum half Lena Kibler soon sniped

over, and the north Dubliners, edged ahead

early on the restart thanks to a Catherine

Galvin penalty.

Fiona Hayes’ Ballincollig side redoubled

their efforts and with five minutes remaining,

Heather Kennedy raced for the corner and a

high tackle saw referee Carl O’Meara award a

penalty try.

Although Katie Grant Duggan got over for

Sutts’ second try in the dying moments,

the conversion proved too difficult and

Ballincollig, thanks to some sterling defence,

pocketed four hard-earned points.

Munster’s Gemma Lane, who paired up with

Griffin as Ballincollig’s half-backs, said: “We’d

put in a lot of hard work in training, but we

were all just really excited to get going to be

honest. It’s great to start the club season with

a win and we’re very happy.”

Another of Munster’s Interprovincial title

winners, centre Stephanie Nunan, ran in a

first half hat-trick of tries as UL Bohemians

accounted for Cooke on a 46-12 scoreline.

It was Niamh Briggs’ league debut as Bohs’

new head coach, and Cooke proved tricky

opponents, Helen McGhee scoring early on

and newcomer Naomi McCord surging over

before half-time, via a terrific tip-on pass from

Ilse van Staden.

However, UL added 22 points without reply in

the second half, with Nicole Cronin directing

operations from out-half and scoring 11

points.

WOMEN’S LEAGUES UNDERWAY

In the Women’s Division 1 League, Kerry

opened their account with a 14-10 win over

Tipperary at Thurles.

In Division 2 tries from Rebecca Doyle and

Caoimhe O’Donnell were not enough for

Waterpark who lost 19-10 away to Skibbereen

and in the other game in this division,

Ballincollig defeated Dolphin 46-0.

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MUNSTER DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT ACTION

Reporting by Aron Hegarty and Daire Walsh

Munster Rugby Development XV edged

a gripping contest with Ulster Rugby to

clinch a 25-24 victory at the IRFU High

Performance Centre in Abbotstown on

September 18 last.

Nine tries were tallied in an end-to-end

match that saw Munster race into a 15-0

lead inside the opening 20 minutes with a

double from PBC full-back Patrick Campbell

and one by UCC hooker Scott Buckley.

Ulster were twice held up over Munster’s

line in a matter of minutes after Mark

Donnelly of Garryowen FC was yellowcarded.

However, Munster kept them

scoreless and clinical Campbell raced away

at the other end for his team’s third try

midway through the half.

Ulster responded with two scores in five

minutes before the break through prop

Callum Reid and flanker Reuben Crothers,

whose effort was converted by James

Humphreys for 12-15.

The excellent Campbell got his third shortly

after the restart. Ulster’s Ben Carson replied

then wing Jamie Shanahan of Garryowen

FC crossed before a try from Ulster

replacement Scott Wilson set up a tense

finish. Ross McKay landed the conversion

to make it 24-25. They got the final play

up to the Munster five-metre line as they

rallied in a bid to steal victory from under

their noses, but knocked forward in the last

act of an enthralling contest.

Last Friday, September 24, Munster fell

to a 14-point defeat at the hands of their

Leinster counterparts at the HPC.

Munster pushed for scores until the very

end, with full-back Patrick Campbell and

replacement Tony Butler taking the game

to their eastern counterparts at every

available opportunity, but they couldn’t

break down a stubborn Leinster defence.

Paddy Patterson’s lung-bursting run on

24 minutes asked questions of Leinster,

and although he was close to picking out

Seán French off a close-range scrum on 32

minutes, Munster faced a 14-point deficit

at the interval. Still, the Reds continued to

play with great intent and it took diligent

defence from Leinster to disrupt their

attacking rhythm on the resumption.

Ian Costello unloaded his bench as

the action progressed and each player

introduced was eager to leave their imprint

on the game. Aside from Butler, George

Coomber, Daniel Okeke and Darragh

McSweeney made their considerable

presences felt. Huge credit to the defence,

who dug deep to prevent Leinster

extending their cushion

in the closing minutes.

David Hawkshaw was

inches from crossing the

whitewash off a massive

break, but the Munster

rear guard halted

him in his tracks and

secured a turnover

penalty.

Patrick

Campbell

who scored

a hat trick

against

Ulster

MUNSTER DEVELOPMENT

Patrick Campbell (PBC), Seán French, Jack

Crowley, John Forde (all Cork Constitution FC),

Darragh French, Scott Buckley, James French, Alex

Kendellen, Alessandro Heaney, Edwin Edogbo,

George Coomber, Sam O’Sullivan (all UCC), Paddy

Patterson, Ronan Loughnane (both UCD), Eoin

O’Connor, Adam Maher (both Young Munster RFC),

Paddy Kelly, Cian Hurley, Jack Daly, Dylan Murphy,

Tony Butler, Alex Wood, Jack Delaney, James

Kendrick, Jamie Shanahan, Mark Donnelly (all

Garryowen FC), Alan Flannery, Aaron Hehir, Darragh

McSweeney, Daniel Okeke, Ethan Coughlan, Kieran

Ryan, Luke Doyle (all Shannon RFC), Fearghail

O’Donoghue (Cashel RFC), Jack O’Sullivan (Cobh

Pirates RFC), Sam Tarleton (Rockwell College).

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THE TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM

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VIRTUAL MUNSTER MASCOTS

DARRAGH KELLY

Age: 6

School: St. Paul's National School, Dooradoyle,

Limerick (they're all huge Munster fans!)

Hobbies: Playing rugby with Old Crescent RFC,

playing GAA with Mungret St. Paul's

and farming

Favourite player: RG Snyman, Joey Carbery,

Keith Earls & Andrew Conway

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ALEX MOLONEY

Age: 9

School: Gaelscoil O’Doghair, Newcastle West,

Limerick

Hobbies: Rugby, hurling, football, soccer,

hanging out with his friends

Favourite players: Keith Earls & Conor Murray

WITH ED & VALERIE

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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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STARTING XV

Dave Kilcoyne Niall Scannell Keynan Knox

Jean Kleyn

Fineen

Wycherley

Peter

O'Mahony (C)

Jack

O'Donoghue

Gavin

Coombes

Craig Casey

Joey Carbery

Shane Daly

Rory Scannell

Keith Earls

Calvin Nash

Mike Haley

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Replacements

16. Diarmuid Barron 17. Jeremy Loughman 18. Stephen Archer 19. RG Snyman

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STARTING XV

Brok Harris

Scarra Ntubeni

Neethling

Fouche

Adre Smith

Salmaan

Moerat

Nama Xaba

Willie

Engelbrecht

Evan Roos

Stefan Ungerer

Manie Libbok

Leolin Zas

Dan du Plessis

Ruhan Nel

Sergeal

Petersen

Warrick Gelant

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Brace (IRFU)

AR1: Oisin Quinn (IRFU)

AR2: Daniel Carson (IRFU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Replacements

16. Andre-Hugo Venter 17. Leon Lyons 18. Sazi Sandi 19. Ernst van Rhyn

20. Marcel Theunissen 21. Godlen Masimla 22. Tim Swiel 23. Rikus Pretorius

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THE LOWDOWN

The DHL Stormers are based in Cape Town

and line out as the DHL Western Province in

the Currie Cup. They won their most recent

Currie Cup title in 2017 - their third in six years

and 34th overall. Earlier this year they moved

from Newlands Stadium to the iconic 62,000

seater Cape Town Stadium, now known as

DHL Stadium, for their home games.

John Dobson

THE SQUAD

The DHL Stormers have a number of players

on the current Springbok team including Frans

Malherbe, Marvin Orie, Herchel Jantjies, Damian

Willemse and prop Steven Kitshoff who won

his 50th Springbok cap during the Lions series.

New signings ahead of the start of the season

included versatile back Manie Libbok from the

Sharks, lock Adre Smith, former Dragons prop

Brok Harris and Hacjivah Dayimani from the

Lions. Former Springbok centre Juan de Jongh

made the move from Wasps in the off-season

while Deon Fourie has made the move back to

South Africa from Grenoble. The side recently

announced that three additional players have

joined on loan including loose forwards Junior

Pokomela (Cheetahs) and Willie Engelbrecht

(Pumas) along with scrum half Stefan Ungerer

(Griquas).

THE FORM GUIDE

The DHL Stormers went down 22-18 to Benetton

Rugby in their opening game last Saturday,

despite taking an early lead with a try from

Rikus Pretorius and leading 11-7 at half-time

after Manie Libbok added two penalties. Ruhan

Nel stretched their lead early in the second half

but two tries and a penalty from the home side

denied the newcomers a perfect start.

THE COACHING TICKET

Head Coach John Dobson is a former hooker

for Western Province and started coaching

the U21 side in 2010. He was appointed Head

Coach in 2019 having spent four years at the

helm of Western Province’s Currie Cup side.

Dawie Snyman is the backline and attack

coach, Norman Laker is the defence coach, Rito

Hlungwani is the forwards coach and Labeeb

Levy is the skills coach.

EVAN ROOS

Age: 21

Position: Back row

Form: 8 tries in 2021 Currie Cup

Honours: SA Schools

Height: 191cm

Weight: 109kg

They were beaten 49-3 by the British and Irish

Lions during the summer in the last game

before the first test.

They finished 4th in the Currie Cup league

table, winning six of their twelve games with

one draw, and were beaten by the Bulls in the

semi-final.

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GREENCORE MUNSTER RUGBY

ACADEMY UPDATE

It’s a big weekend for the Greencore Munster

Rugby Academy with the men’s AIL season

kicking off.

Academy players and members of the NTS

(National Talent Squad) missed out on the

valuable opportunity to line out for their clubs

last season due to the cancellation of the AIL.

We spoke to Academy Manager Ian Costello for

the latest news from the HPC.

On players training and playing with their

clubs…

“We have been in constant contact with the club

coaches and we have released players back at

various stages throughout the last few weeks.

When a game was cancelled, we released

everybody back and we had a down week and

released everybody back. That was all with a

view to acknowledging how important it is for

these guys to play rugby and how important it

is for them to play club rugby.

“As soon as we knew who wasn’t going to be

involved with the senior team and available for

club action, we sat down and spoke with the

clubs and there will be a lot of guys playing

in the All Ireland League over the next three

weeks.

“The next phase for the Academy players and

NTS players is to transfer the work they’ve done

over the last couple of months onto the pitch

and give a good account of themselves.

“The exciting bit for us a coaching group is

we get to split up and will watch them all play

live over the weekends. Our analyst Elliot

Corcoran will cut that footage and it adds to that

knowledge base that we have on players.

“There are a few things that are tricky logistically,

they have to come out of the bubble for a number

of days but the IRFU have accommodated that

so hopefully we’ll see a number of Academy

players playing for their clubs right across

the country this weekend. Everyone is really

excited and we really understand the value

of these lads playing in very competitive club

games and how important that is to their longterm

development on and off the pitch.

“The relationships we have with our clubs is

so important and we’re just looking forward

to seeing the lads play this week and looking

forward to getting out to watch some quality

club rugby.“

On young players in action for the Munster

Development XV…

“With so many guys out of rugby for so long

because of the gap with Covid, we made the

decision to run a residential camp in UL with

our U20s and some late developers. We had

a very enjoyable and successful programme

there for a couple of months and on the back of

that we had a game against the Leinster U20s

and had a really good win in UL.

“We then had a couple of internal games against

our U19s because, frustratingly, we had some

other games called off due to Covid.

“It was great for that squad to continue,

supplemented by some of the Academy players,

into a development game against Ulster and

that was an excellent win up in Dublin.

“Last weekend against Leinster a few more

Academy players came in along with some

of the young senior players who came in

for game-time, which is the beauty of those

development games. Unfortunately, that was

a very frustrating game where we struggled. It

was the opposite to the Ulster game, where we

started very well, and quickly found ourselves

14-0 down. It was a disappointing end to the

programme but it was a very enjoyable and

successful three months.

“The beauty of that is hopefully we have

identified the next layer of talent and the

majority of those players will populate our

NTS (National Talent Squad) programme and

populate our Academy going forward, and

that was the main aim of that programme. We

learned a lot about the players and have set

ourselves up nicely for the next 12 months.”

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Academy winger Conor Phillips starring

for the Ireland Sevens in Canada...

“He had an excellent pre-season here and

looked really sharp. He played really well in

an internal game here which was good for him

and good for his confidence and he carried that

into the Sevens World Series. He featured very

strongly for Ireland across the two weekends,

scoring six tries. “Feedback has been really

positive from the staff there and from Conor

himself so great to see him carry that form from

the summer into those tournaments.

“Hopefully his status is raised this year because

I think it’s fair to say he was more peripheral

when he was with the Ireland Sevens team last

year, which is difficult when you’re away from

home and not as centrally involved in all the big

matches.

“His goal is to be involved in the big games and

the big weekends and I think that makes being

away from home and in camp for such a long

periods, and travelling for such long periods – it

makes that far more enjoyable if the reward is

there at the end of the weekend and he gets to

perform on the big stage so really good for him

all round.”

Academy Manager

Ian Costello

Daniel Okeke

Jonathan Wren

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GETTING TO KNOW

JASON JENKINS

Jason Jenkins has been settling into life in Munster after his arrival at the province this

summer.

The South African, who can play in the back

or second row, joined from Toyota Verblitz

who play in the Japanese Top League.

ON SETTLING IN…

“Very well I must say. It’s been quite easy to

come into such a welcoming environment.

All the boys have been good. The coaching

staff just helped me settle into my new place

and I’m really enjoying it so far.”

ON HIS RUGBY PATHWAY…

“Straight after school I went to the Bulls

Juniors U19s. I was there for a couple of

years and made my Super Rugby debut in

2016. I played there for four seasons while

also doing a six-month stint in Japan for

three of those seasons as well. I played

South African U20s back in 2015 and

played in the South African ‘A’ team in 2016

against the Saxons and against the French

Barbarians. In 2018 I made my Springbok

debut against Wales.”

ON THE RG CONNECTION…

“We’ve been best mates for quite awhile,

probably around 7 years now. Obviously,

the fact that he was also here was a big

factor, but it wasn’t the deciding factor. It was

just a bonus. For me, it was just getting the

opportunity and to play really competitive

rugby again coming out of Japan and to put

yourself out there and challenge yourself a

bit. I felt I was still at a young age, at 25, and

I was ready for that challenge. I was lucky to

get the opportunity and it is a bonus to have

your best mate around as well.”

Prior to that, he represented his home club

the Bulls over four years, lining out with RG

Snyman, and is widely recognised for his

strong ball-carrying abilities.

home. It’s going to be interesting to play

against them but I’m looking forward to it.

It’s exciting to be able to challenge yourself,

and to see where the South African teams

are compared to the European teams.

Everyone’s looking forward to that.”

ON LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW

SEASON…

“It’s been interesting. Obviously, the first

couple of weeks you get to know the guys.

I wasn’t sure who was playing where at

the start. But I think we have good depth

in our squad, and I think that will make

our team better, the fact that we

will be challenging each other.

On the other hand it’s also a

really long season playing in

two tournaments so I’m sure

all of us will get opportunities

hopefully and we can keep

challenging each other to

get better. We want to

look to win, that’s the

goal. Hopefully I can

contribute to that in

any way possible,

whether it’s playing

or preparing the

guys, so I’m really

looking forward

to it.”

ON PLAYING AGAINST HIS FORMER SIDE,

THE BULLS, THIS SEASON…

“I think it’s going to be really interesting.

The Bulls has been my home for the last

4 or 5 years. I’ve got a lot of friends back

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS

UPCOMING COACHING

COURSES

learning and development. This season will see

a further evolvement of our eLearning system,

GAINLINE, and the implementation of more

short pre-course modules. In addition, we will

look at delivering more face-to-face events to

ensure we build on the coach’s development

and maintain their active badge criteria.”

NEW YOUTH TEAM IN

WATERFORD

Munster Rugby will deliver several coaching

courses again this autumn for coaches at

mini, youth and advanced levels. The courses

are designed to support coach learning and

development with a specific focus on developing

the coach, player and game.

There are eight courses announced, four each

at mini and youth levels to accommodate

coaches across the province. The Coaching

Children Course (mini rugby) is designed to

support coaches of U6-U12 age groups and

focuses on the coach acting as a guide to

enhance the players understanding of the game

whilst integrating fun and inclusivity. The Youth

Coaching Course is designed to support coaches

of U13-U16 age groups and also coaches who

are new to coaching 15-a-side rugby.

Registration is now open and can be accessed

HERE.

Announcing this season’s schedule of courses,

Munster Rugby Coach and Player Development

Manager Keith Murphy said:

Waterford City RFC and Tramore RFC have

come together to form a new Youth Rugby team

known as Waterford Rugby.

The aim of the new team is to provide a clear

pathway for the Minis players from both

Waterford City RFC and Tramore RFC to

continue with the sport as they get older. It is

also hoped that by forming a dedicated Youth

section between the two clubs, Waterford

Rugby will also be able to recruit children who

have never played the sport in addition to those

who want to return to playing rugby in the East

Waterford area.

Currently, Waterford Rugby consists of an U13/

U14 team with the hope of moving up to U15/

U16 next season.

The team played their first match at the weekend

against Dungarvan RFC with many of the players

experiencing 15-a-side rugby for the first time.

Training sessions are held on Thursday evenings

(Waterford City RFC) and Sunday mornings

(Tramore RFC). For more information, please

contact Tony McCahill at tonymccahill1@gmail.com.

“We are delighted to be announcing this

season’s coaching courses. Covid restricted our

approach in coach development regarding faceto-face

activities and challenged our traditional

coach development methodology. It is great

to see such a quick transition into blended

learning and supporting coaches continuous

The Waterford Rugby U13/14 side that

took on Dungarvan last weekend

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MRSC NEWS

FREE JUNIOR CLUB MEMBERSHIP

OPENS 4 OCTOBER

We’ve had an amazing 12 months with

the Junior MRSC including Q&A’s with

our heroes, hearing great stories from our

captain, making comic books, completing

drills and we even had Damian de Allende

sing “Let It Go”! With our sponsors Inver,

we’ve also spoken about important topics

such internet safety, physical activity and

developing a positive mindset and we will

continue to talk about important topics to

help our Junior members develop.

As we go forward over the next year, we will

be looking to bring back some of the events

we all love with the Junior Club, and we

will continue to offer the next generation of

Munster fans the best experience possible

with:

• A membership pack delivered for

Christmas which includes an exclusive gift

• Chances to be selected as match day

mascot for the Munster team throughout

the season

• Junior Club only member events

throughout the year

• Exclusive competitions with great prizes

• Our exclusive email newsletter

FREE membership will once again be open

for registration from 4 October next.

O’RIORDAN RAISES 17K FOR

MUNSTER’S CHARITIES

MRSC member Ivan O'Riordan is a wellknown

face at Munster games, having

taken photos pitch side at Munster games

for many years at home and on the road,

including Marseilles, Treviso, Exeter and

Milton Keynes.

A huge Munster supporter, Ivan has gone

to fantastic lengths to not only support the

team, but to also support Munster’s official

charities. Since 2012, Ivan has raised €17k

through the sale of his rugby photos.

This season, he hopes to reach €20k by

offering his photos for sale online.

On behalf of Munster Rugby, we wish

to thank Ivan for his incredible efforts

in supporting our official charities and

capturing so many special moments.

Ivan presenting Andrew Conway with a

photo of his try against Toulon in 2018

Ivan's photo of Simon Zebo's hat-trick in the away European

match against Northampton Saints in 2012

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PROGRESS ON AND OFF THE PITCH

FOR KILRUSH RFC

Earlier this month, Kilrush RFC reached a

milestone in the club’s development as the

they fielded an adult junior team for the

first time in five years.

The West Clare club have been working

hard to further develop their underage

structures and this has helped generate

players who are ready and available for

adult rugby.

“The last number of years, the numbers

haven’t really been there for many socioeconomic

reasons but the great thing now

is that we’re starting to see a resurgence of

that,” Kilrush RFC Director of Rugby Andy

Burke said.

“It’s great to have it back because it really

is the soul and the driving force behind

the club to have a junior team back going

again. It’s a great achievement, and like

that, if it wasn’t for our volunteer base who

work so hard to generate the momentum,

to put all the infrastructure and the

administrative structures in place in order

to get that team up and running again, then

we wouldn’t be here.”

The strong emphasis the club has put on

its underage sides over the last 10 years

has seen players from the club represent

Munster at age-grade interprovincial level.

Now that an adult junior side is in place,

Burke hopes that players will remain with

the club or those who return to West Clare

to settle down can now avail of an adult

rugby offering.

“We really believe that a lot more people

since the pandemic are staying local,

looking to live local, operate remotely and

we can benefit off that by having the team

available for them. This is a really positive

move for us.”

The club are also looking forward to the

formal opening of their second, full-sized

pitch in the coming weeks with the next

phase of that project being the installation

of LED floodlights.

Looking into the future, the club are

still passionate about fielding an adult

women’s side as they currently have strong

structures in place at underage level while

they hope the return of junior rugby will

generate more momentum and excitement

in all areas of the club.

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Kilrush RFC at any level, please email

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GREENCORE MUNSTER

RUGBY ACADEMY PROFILE

CIAN HURLEY

Twenty-one-year-old lock, Cian Hurley hails from Clonakilty and made his Munster

senior debut against Benetton Rugby in March this year at age 20. Paired with Thomas

Ahern in the second row, they became the youngest starting combination for Munster

Rugby in the professional era.

He is a product of Clonakilty RFC and CBC, and plays AIL rugby with Garryowen FC. He

was recently involved in Ian Costello’s Munster Development XV against Leinster.

ON HIS RUGBY PATHWAY…

“I started playing rugby when I was

about 8 years of age. I spent my younger

years living in South Africa so I would

have grown up playing rugby there in

Johannesburg. Once we moved to Ireland

– my parents are Irish – we settled down in

Clonakilty and just started taking my rugby

seriously from then. I was 13, so I was

playing U14 rugby at the time in Clonakilty

Rugby Club. I got the opportunity to go

to Christian Brothers College in Cork and

won the Senior Cup with them

in 6th Year. I managed to get

back to Clonakilty and played

two junior games with them

and actually won a junior cup,

which was great craic. I

came out of school and

came to UL to study

Social Management. I

joined Garryowen and

played a bit of AIL last

year which was great

exposure.”

ON REPRESENTING

MUNSTER…

“I played all of the underage

levels all the way up. I

started with the U16s down

in CIT with Ken O’Connell

and Eugene McCarthy, who is

another West Cork man. I played

U18 Schools and Munster A's.

During that time I represented

Ireland U18s as well.”

ON HIS EXPERIENCE OF THE

GREENCORE MUNSTER RUGBY

ACADEMY SO FAR…

“Good. I’m really enjoying it. Obviously

it's great that there is a mixture between

the Academy lads and the senior lads.

I’ve really settled in, and the lads have just

made it very, very easy for me to do that.”

ON MAKING HIS DEBUT IN THOMOND

PARK LAST SEASON…

“It was an incredible honour. I was thrilled

when I got the call off Johann to get in and

I was delighted to start that game and play

the full thing. Now it’s about picking up the

next one as quickly as I can. I want to keep

improving, keep pushing and get a couple

of more appearances hopefully…get

in front of the senior coaches and

show them what I’m capable

of doing. Hopefully I can take

my opportunities and run

with them.”

ON DEPTH AT SECOND

ROW…

“There’s a lot of competition

there but at the same time,

there’s a lot of opportunity for

learning. There’s a lot of fellas

offering different mindsets

coming off different squads,

like RG coming back in and he

was part of a World Cup winning

squad. It’s great to learn from

him. It just drives us all on and I

think we are all quite competitive,

so we really get the best out of each

other.”

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