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Munster Rugby v Connacht Rugby Match Programme

United Rugby Championship Round 4 | We get the lowdown on our Interprovincial opposition Connacht Rugby, and hear from JP Ferreira and Jean Kleyn ahead of the game. There's also a look back on the Munster Women's Interpro campaign as the winning side will be presented to the Thomond Park crowd at half-time in honour of their Championship success. New signing Declan Moore is the final player of our Introducing Series and we hear from him as he settles into Munster life. We take a moment to remember Axel on his five-year anniversary and also mark the passing of our colleague Frances Bowen. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

United Rugby Championship Round 4 | We get the lowdown on our Interprovincial opposition Connacht Rugby, and hear from JP Ferreira and Jean Kleyn ahead of the game.

There's also a look back on the Munster Women's Interpro campaign as the winning side will be presented to the Thomond Park crowd at half-time in honour of their Championship success.

New signing Declan Moore is the final player of our Introducing Series and we hear from him as he settles into Munster life.

We take a moment to remember Axel on his five-year anniversary and also mark the passing of our colleague Frances Bowen. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

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WELCOME BACK<br />

at half time. Congratulations and well done to the<br />

management, coaches and entire squad. No doubt<br />

they will get a huge reception from the <strong>Munster</strong><br />

faithful at the break.<br />

It’s back to business on the domestic front and it’s<br />

a busy time for our clubs as they compete in the<br />

All Ireland League and local <strong>Munster</strong> competitions.<br />

While this is great news, no game can go ahead<br />

without the referee. The IRFU online course for<br />

anyone aged 18-59 who would like to become<br />

an affiliate referee is now open. Check out the<br />

Refereeing section on irishrugby.ie for details.<br />

It’s my pleasure on behalf of <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> to<br />

welcome everybody to Thomond Park for this<br />

Round 4 game of the United <strong>Rugby</strong> Championship.<br />

I would like to extend a welcome to <strong>Connacht</strong><br />

head coach Andy Friend, his squad of players and<br />

all involved in the team. A special welcome to the<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> Branch President Ann Heneghan. Our<br />

congratulations to Ann on her appointment and<br />

best wishes for the season ahead.<br />

All opposition and games in this competition are a<br />

priority for every team. Add an interpro to the mix<br />

and the intensity rises a level or two to say the least.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> come into this game on a good run of form<br />

with three wins under their belt and sitting on top<br />

of the table with the maximum 15 points. After<br />

their super away win in Parc y Scarlets last Sunday,<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> will want to keep up that momentum<br />

and continue where they left off. <strong>Connacht</strong> on the<br />

other hand will have a different idea on how the<br />

table might look after tonight’s game, so this has<br />

all the makings of another great game and battle in<br />

Thomond Park.<br />

Tonight, we also remember one of <strong>Munster</strong>’s<br />

favorite sons, Anthony Foley, who sadly passed<br />

away suddenly 5 years ago this weekend. There<br />

have been many things written and said in those<br />

5 years and no words that I say could do Anthony<br />

justice. He was a son, husband, Dad, and brother to<br />

all his family. A <strong>Munster</strong> man to the core, a family<br />

man through and through. To the rest of us he was<br />

simply just Axel - the man who over many years<br />

brought us all on a wonderful journey throughout<br />

Europe and beyond. Never forgotten and always in<br />

our thoughts.<br />

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

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

continued and loyal support.<br />

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

Sean McCullough<br />

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

Our best wishes to Johann, his coaching team<br />

and all the squad in tonight’s game and in the long<br />

season ahead.<br />

The <strong>Munster</strong> Women’s team that won the recent<br />

interprovincial series will be in attendance at<br />

tonight’s game and will be presented to the crowd<br />

President: Sean McCullough | Vice President: Ger McNamara | Junior Vice President: Michael Carroll<br />

Hon. Secretary: Muiris Mahon| Hon. Treasurer: Tom Kinirons<br />

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

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WHEN WE<br />

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NEWSROUND<br />

CHAMPIONS CUP FIXTURES<br />

CONFIRMED<br />

MUNSTER RETURN TO<br />

MUSGRAVE PARK<br />

Damian de Allende in action against<br />

Clermont Auvergne last season<br />

The fixture details for the Pool stages of this<br />

year’s Champions Cup have been confirmed.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> start the competition with an away<br />

fixture against Wasps in Coventry on Sunday,<br />

December 12. The following week, Thomond<br />

Park hosts <strong>Munster</strong> v Castres Olympique on<br />

Saturday. <strong>Munster</strong> travel to Castres on Friday,<br />

January 14 and Wasps visit Thomond Park in the<br />

final Pool game on Sunday, January 23.<br />

Tickets for <strong>Munster</strong>’s next four home games,<br />

including the Champions Cup games against<br />

Castres Olympique and Wasps are now on sale.<br />

Sat Dec 18 <strong>Munster</strong> v Castres Olympique,<br />

Thomond Park 8pm. Buy tickets HERE<br />

Sun Dec 26 <strong>Munster</strong> v Leinster, Thomond Park,<br />

7.35pm. Buy tickets HERE<br />

Sat Jan 8 <strong>Munster</strong> v Ulster, Thomond Park,<br />

7.35pm. Buy tickets HERE<br />

Sun Jan 23 <strong>Munster</strong> v Wasps, Thomond Park,<br />

3.15pm. Buy tickets HERE<br />

Hospitality packages for all games are available<br />

with full details HERE<br />

ARCHER MOVES TO TOP 4 IN<br />

APPEARANCES<br />

Last Sunday’s win over Scarlets saw Stephen<br />

Archer play his 232nd game for <strong>Munster</strong> and<br />

he moved up to joint 4th on our all-time list of<br />

appearance holders. The 33-year-old made his<br />

senior debut 12 years ago against Edinburgh<br />

at Murrayfield. Ahead of him lies Donncha<br />

O’Callaghan (268), Billy Holland (247), Ronan<br />

O’Gara (240), and he currently shares 4th<br />

position with Peter Stringer (232). If sprung from<br />

the bench tonight, he moves to 233 appearances.<br />

John Hodnett in action against the Southern<br />

Kings in Musgrave Park February 2020<br />

The <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> men’s side will return to<br />

Musgrave Park for the first time since February<br />

2020 when they host Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> and Cardiff<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> in the United <strong>Rugby</strong> Championship in<br />

2022. The province will close out its regular<br />

home season of the 2021/22 United <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Championship in Musgrave Park when hosting<br />

Benetton <strong>Rugby</strong> in March and Cardiff <strong>Rugby</strong> in<br />

April. With only two out of five games at home<br />

in the final rounds of the competition the squad<br />

will be boosted by a timely return to the Cork<br />

venue. Ticket details will be released closer<br />

to the games. For hospitality queries please<br />

contact Craig Power HERE.<br />

Round 14: W/E Mar 26<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> v Benetton, Musgrave Park<br />

Round 17: W/E April 30<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> v Cardiff, Musgrave Park<br />

Stephen Archer<br />

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ROUND 4 PREVIEW<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> are the visitors tonight in the first<br />

interprovincial clash of the season. They<br />

will be keen to get back to winning ways<br />

after one win in the opening three games,<br />

which was against the Bulls in Round 2.<br />

Last weekend the Dragons claimed a 22-35<br />

victory at the Sportsground in an exciting<br />

and competitive encounter.<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> were 24-20 winners when they<br />

visited Thomond Park in the Rainbow Cup in<br />

May but have not won successive matches<br />

against <strong>Munster</strong> since 2016 and have never<br />

won consecutive away ties in the fixture.<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> come into this game on the back<br />

of three wins with maximum points banked.<br />

Last Sunday saw <strong>Munster</strong> score six tries in<br />

Llanelli, with Jack O’Sullivan, Liam Coombes<br />

(2), Calvin Nash, Jeremy Loughman and<br />

Player of the <strong>Match</strong> Chris Cloete all touching<br />

down. There was disappointing news<br />

however for RG Snyman as he sustained<br />

a re-rupture of his cruciate ligament in the<br />

game.<br />

The round got underway last night with Ulster<br />

hosting the Emirates Lions and Dragons at<br />

home to the DHL Stormers. Earlier today<br />

Zebre hosted Glasgow Warriors while<br />

Benetton were at home to Ospreys. Leinster<br />

are at home to the Scarlets and Edinburgh<br />

host the Vodacom Bulls. Cardiff play the Cell<br />

C Sharks tonight at Cardiff Arms Park, also<br />

kicking off at 7.35pm.<br />

AFTER ROUND 3<br />

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

1 MUNSTER 3 3 0 0 119 48 71 17 6 3 0 15<br />

2 ULSTER 3 3 0 0 99 40 59 16 4 3 0 15<br />

3 LEINSTER 3 3 0 0 81 16 65 12 2 2 0 14<br />

4 GLASGOW WARRIORS 3 2 0 1 77 68 9 11 7 1 1 10<br />

5 OSPREYS 3 2 0 1 58 64 -6 5 5 1 0 9<br />

6 EDINBURGH 3 1 1 1 73 70 3 10 10 2 1 9<br />

7 BENETTON 3 2 0 1 58 73 -15 7 11 0 0 8<br />

8 DRAGONS 3 1 0 2 64 56 8 5 7 1 2 7<br />

9 SCARLETS 3 1 0 2 71 82 -11 10 11 2 1 7<br />

10 CARDIFF 3 1 0 2 66 68 -2 8 4 1 1 6<br />

11 EMIRATES LIONS 3 1 0 2 60 75 -15 6 9 1 1 6<br />

12 CONNACHT 3 1 0 2 77 75 2 11 10 1 0 5<br />

13 CELL C SHARKS 3 1 0 2 68 90 -22 7 13 0 0 4<br />

14 VODACOM BULLS 3 1 0 2 39 84 -45 4 12 0 0 4<br />

15 DHL STORMERS 3 0 1 2 56 76 -20 7 10 0 1 3<br />

16 ZEBRE 3 0 0 3 36 117 -81 4 19 0 0 0<br />

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Chris Cloete, Man of the <strong>Match</strong><br />

against Scarlets last week<br />

COMPARISON MUNSTER CONNACHT<br />

Last 3 URC results 25 Sep - Sharks (H) W 42-17 24 Sep - Cardiff <strong>Rugby</strong> (A) L 21-33<br />

2 Oct - Stormers (H) W 34-18 1 Oct - Bulls (H) W 34-7<br />

10 Oct - Scarlets (A) W 43-13 9 Oct - Dragons (H) L 22-35<br />

URC 2021/22 Shield IR: 1st - W3 D0 L0 - 15pts Shield IR: 4th - W1 D0 L2 - 5pts<br />

URC form WWW (15pts) LWL (5pts)<br />

Top try scorer<br />

2 - Chris Cloete, Gavin Coombes,<br />

Liam Coombes, Jack O'Donoghue,<br />

Simon Zebo<br />

Top points scorer 21 – Ben Healy 32 – Jack Carty<br />

HEAD TO HEAD<br />

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

32 6 1<br />

MATCH FACTS<br />

2 - Mack Hansen, Tom Daly, Kieran<br />

Marmion<br />

Draw<br />

• <strong>Munster</strong> have won their last five United<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> Championship clashes since their<br />

20-24 defeat at home to today’s opponents,<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong>, in the Rainbow Cup in May.<br />

• Since the start of 2020 <strong>Munster</strong>’s record<br />

against fellow Irish provinces is won 5,<br />

lost 7.<br />

• <strong>Connacht</strong> have won five times away from<br />

home in 2021, beating Leinster in January,<br />

Dragons and Benetton in February, Ulster<br />

in April, and <strong>Munster</strong> in May.<br />

• <strong>Connacht</strong> have not won successive<br />

matches against <strong>Munster</strong> since 2016 whilst<br />

they have never beaten <strong>Munster</strong> on their<br />

own soil in consecutive matches.<br />

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THE<br />

INSIDE<br />

TRACK<br />

JP FERREIRA<br />

On the win over Scarlets last weekend…<br />

“We had a great week leading up to that weekend.<br />

The boys - the whole squad - during the week<br />

were excellent with one another. The build-up<br />

was great and obviously the finish was even<br />

better. We had a great week prior to Scarlets<br />

match and a good finish to the week with the<br />

win. I think people forget what warm up games<br />

do for confidence, especially going to Exeter<br />

with the group of lads that went to the Scarlets.<br />

We had a great performance out in Exeter and<br />

the confidence coming out of that game carried<br />

into the Scarlets game was very good. The boys<br />

took it through to the Scarlets match, and I'm<br />

really happy for that group of men.””<br />

On the challenge from <strong>Connacht</strong> tonight…<br />

“<strong>Connacht</strong> will always be ready to fire at<br />

Thomond Park. It’s an interpro and they are a<br />

good side. What happened in the Rainbow Cup<br />

last season, was last season. It's a new game<br />

now. We've focused on ourselves since the<br />

start of this season - it's all about us. We need<br />

to have a good performance if we want to get to<br />

where we want to go in this competition. They’ll<br />

be good to go, raring to go. Thomond Park is a<br />

special place to play, especially with the crowd<br />

coming back, and the boys will be up for it no<br />

matter what so it's going to be a great game.”<br />

On squad depth…<br />

“That's where we are going to with this group,<br />

that’s what we are striving for. Whoever puts<br />

on that jersey at the weekend - whether you<br />

are an Irish international, or it’s your first cap -<br />

whoever puts on that jersey, he's prepared and<br />

well prepared and he will make a difference.<br />

That's what we saw last week. It's all about the<br />

group, it's all about giving them game time.<br />

There will be some changes again this week,<br />

but it does nothing to affect the continuity that<br />

we have. We as coaches have set out a plan<br />

for this five-week game block and have had a<br />

good chat around the dynamics in the squad,<br />

how we want to keep guys fresh and who needs<br />

game time. Yes, this is an interpro game, and<br />

interpros are nice and fiery, but we'll do the best<br />

work for the squad.”<br />

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JEAN KLEYN<br />

On <strong>Munster</strong>’s positive start to the season…<br />

“I don’t think there is such thing as a perfect<br />

start, but I’d say we've done as well as you<br />

could have hoped for. I think every season you<br />

set out to be the best you can be, and I think this<br />

year we have started really well. We've really<br />

caught our stride if I could put it that way.”<br />

good season last year, and so far, a reasonably<br />

good start to this season. I just want to continue<br />

playing good rugby. When you play good rugby,<br />

everything is easier.”<br />

On RJ Snyman’s injury…<br />

“You can't really put an exact timeline on these<br />

things, but to be honest he's probably one of the<br />

most mentally tough guys I’ve ever met. He's<br />

had a horrific last 12 months and then to top it<br />

off he plays 30-40 minutes of rugby and then<br />

get injured again. The resilience he’s showing<br />

just from a mental standpoint is astounding.<br />

He's still very positive and he's in a very good<br />

mindset. Obviously, he’s in a dark place, but<br />

who wouldn't be. He will have to take it day<br />

by day. As he progresses, we'll see how<br />

long it will take. We are all hoping to see<br />

him back in red as soon as possible.<br />

Despite not having played a whole lot of<br />

rugby, I think he has contributed to the<br />

team in a really big way, from a rugby<br />

standpoint in terms of knowledge, and a<br />

cultural standpoint in terms of his actual<br />

contribution to the squad and how we<br />

interact with each other. It has been<br />

refreshing and really good.”<br />

On how his own game has<br />

developed…<br />

“I’d say I have probably developed a<br />

fair bit in terms of distribution and<br />

other stuff. I would be a lot more<br />

confident throwing the odd pass out<br />

the back line every now and again. I<br />

think both in defense and attack, the<br />

coaches have been really good for our<br />

games in terms of really putting the extra work<br />

in with us. When sessions are done, doing<br />

the one-on-one stuff with us that helps you<br />

to improve your own game and through that,<br />

overall team performance improves. I think<br />

I'm getting along fairly well. I had a reasonably<br />

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MUNSTER WOMEN HONOURED IN THOMOND PARK<br />

Tonight in Thomond Park, <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> will be honouring the <strong>Munster</strong> Senior Women’s<br />

side, who won the 2021 Vodafone Women’s Interprovincial Championship.<br />

In celebrating their Championship-winning<br />

success, the squad will be presented to the<br />

Thomond Park supporters during half-time<br />

and will be hosted in hospitality before the<br />

game in association with the team’s principal<br />

partners, Bank of Ireland.<br />

Clodagh O'Halloran<br />

celebrates her try<br />

against <strong>Connacht</strong><br />

The Sarah Quin captained side won the<br />

championship for the first time since 2017<br />

after securing wins against Ulster, <strong>Connacht</strong><br />

and Leinster.<br />

The Round 3 clash with Leinster in<br />

Donnybrook was a winner-take-all situation<br />

with <strong>Munster</strong> clawing back a 7-0 deficit to<br />

emerge 7-19 winners thanks to a brace of<br />

tries from Vodafone Player of the <strong>Match</strong><br />

Chloe Pearse and one try from Deirbhile Nic a<br />

Bhaird.<br />

That 19-7 victory followed a 50-5 win over<br />

Ulster in Round 1 and a 31-7 win over<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> at Musgrave Park in Round 2.<br />

Throughout the championship, head coach<br />

Matt Brown handed 12 players their senior<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> debuts which is illustrative of the<br />

female player pathway which is in place in the<br />

province.<br />

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REMEMBERING FRANCES<br />

In June this year, we lost a beloved former staff member,<br />

Frances Bowen, following illness.<br />

Frances joined the province in 2005 working across administration<br />

and payroll operations for over 15 years, completing her time of<br />

stellar service at the beginning of this year.<br />

A true professional, Frances was a highly regarded member<br />

of the finance department and organisation, known for her<br />

thoroughness and sociable nature. With an interest in all sports<br />

her passion lay with <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong>, Cork GAA, and Bishopstown<br />

GAA, and Mondays were always well spent in dissecting the<br />

weekend’s action.<br />

Frances is fondly remembered by all at <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong>. We<br />

extend our deepest sympathies to husband John, children<br />

Kieran and Laura, daughter-in-law Kim, granddaughter Kayleigh<br />

and the extended Bowen family.<br />

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.<br />

AXEL<br />

FONDLY<br />

REMEMBERED<br />

ON HIS 5TH<br />

ANNIVERSARY<br />

16th October 2016<br />

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VIRTUAL MUNSTER MASCOTS<br />

CONAL PLATT<br />

HARRY GUNNIP<br />

Age: 9<br />

School: Lisnagry National School,<br />

Castleconnell, Limerick<br />

Hobbies: <strong>Rugby</strong> and hockey<br />

Favourite player: Ben Healy<br />

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Age: 8<br />

School: Faithlegg National School, Co.<br />

Waterford<br />

Hobbies: Golf, soccer, hurling, Gaelic football,<br />

and hopes to start rugby as soon as his<br />

treatment for Lymphoma in Crumlin is finished.<br />

Hanging out with twin brother Danny<br />

Favourite player: Jack O'Donoghue - fellow<br />

Waterford Warrior!<br />

WITH ED & VALERIE<br />

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MUNSTER RUGBY<br />

Lock<br />

22.02.00<br />

H: 2.06m<br />

W: 116.82kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

THOMAS AHERN<br />

STEPHEN ARCHER<br />

Prop<br />

29.01.88<br />

H:1.88m<br />

W: 118.18kg<br />

Hons: Ire (2 caps)<br />

Hooker<br />

06.08.98<br />

H: 1.93 m<br />

W: 98.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

DIARMUID BARRON<br />

TADHG BEIRNE<br />

Lock / Back Row<br />

08.01.92<br />

H: 1.98 m<br />

W: 113.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (22 caps)<br />

JOEY CARBERY<br />

Flyhalf<br />

01.11.95<br />

H: 1.93m<br />

W: 85.91kg<br />

Hons: Ire (24 caps)<br />

Scrum Half<br />

19.04.99<br />

H: 1.65 m<br />

W: 75.91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (3 caps)<br />

CRAIG CASEY<br />

Back Row<br />

15.02.91<br />

H: 1.75 m<br />

W: 105.91 kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

CHRIS CLOETE<br />

ANDREW CONWAY<br />

Full Back/Wing<br />

11.07.91<br />

H: 1.8 m<br />

W: 90 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (25 caps)<br />

Back Row/Lock<br />

11.12.97<br />

H: 1.98 m<br />

W: 110 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (2 caps)<br />

GAVIN COOMBES<br />

Wing<br />

01.05.97<br />

H: 1.91m<br />

W: 89.09kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

LIAM COOMBES<br />

Scrum Half<br />

06.12.92<br />

H: 1.73 m<br />

W: 83.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire Clubs<br />

NEIL CRONIN<br />

Fly Half<br />

13.01.00<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 89.09 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JACK CROWLEY<br />

Back Row<br />

12.08.98<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 106.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JACK DALY<br />

Centre<br />

19.12.96<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 91.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (2 caps)<br />

SHANE DALY<br />

DAMIAN DE ALLENDE<br />

Centre<br />

25.11.91<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 105 kg<br />

Hons: SA (53 caps)<br />

KEITH EARLS<br />

Universal Back<br />

02.10.87<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 86.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (93 caps)<br />

CHRIS FARRELL<br />

Centre<br />

16.03.93<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 110 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (15 caps)<br />

Fly Half<br />

07.06.99<br />

H: 1.83m<br />

W: 89.09kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JAKE FLANNERY<br />

Prop<br />

22.11.98<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 120.91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JAMES FRENCH<br />

Universal Back<br />

14.08.99<br />

H:1.88m<br />

W: 99.09 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

SEAN FRENCH<br />

Full Back<br />

26.10.96<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 95.91 kg<br />

Hons: Eng U20<br />

MATT GALLAGHER<br />

DAN GOGGIN<br />

Centre<br />

10.12.94<br />

H: 1.88 m<br />

W: 86.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20, 7s<br />

Full Back<br />

28.06.94<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 93.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (1 cap)<br />

MIKE HALEY<br />

Fly Half<br />

29.06.99<br />

H:1.91 m<br />

W: 96.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

BEN HEALY<br />

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SQUAD 2021/22<br />

Back Row<br />

10.01.99<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 105kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JOHN HODNETT<br />

Lock<br />

02.12.95<br />

H: 2.03 m<br />

W: 124.09kg<br />

Hons: SA (1 cap)<br />

JASON JENKINS<br />

DAVE KILCOYNE<br />

Prop<br />

14.12.88<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 110.91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (45 caps)<br />

JEAN KLEYN<br />

Lock<br />

26.08.93<br />

H: 2.03m<br />

W: 120.91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (5 caps)<br />

Prop<br />

06.04.99<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 115 kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

KEYNAN KNOX<br />

Prop<br />

22.07.95<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 118.18 kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

JEREMY LOUGHMAN<br />

LIAM O'CONNOR<br />

KEVIN O'BYRNE<br />

CALVIN NASH<br />

CONOR MURRAY<br />

DECLAN MOORE<br />

ALEX MCHENRY<br />

Centre<br />

07.10.97<br />

H: 1.88 m<br />

W: 95 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20, 7s<br />

Hooker<br />

20.04.89<br />

H: 1.84 m<br />

W: 112 kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

Scrum Half<br />

20.04.89<br />

H: 1.88 m<br />

W: 93.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (89 caps)<br />

Wing<br />

08.08.97<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 90 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

Hooker<br />

16.04.91<br />

H:1.8m<br />

W: 105 kg<br />

Hons: ~<br />

Prop<br />

13.07.95<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 110 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JACK O'DONOGHUE<br />

Back Row<br />

08.02.94<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 109.09 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (2 caps)<br />

PETER O'MAHONY<br />

Back Row<br />

17.09.89<br />

H: 1.91 m<br />

W: 106.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (76 caps)<br />

Back Row<br />

01.10.98<br />

H: 1.88 m<br />

W: 100 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JACK O'SULLIVAN<br />

Scrum Half<br />

03.11.96<br />

H: 1.7m<br />

W: 78.18kg<br />

Hons: Ire Sch<br />

ROWAN OSBORNE<br />

JOHN RYAN<br />

Prop<br />

02.08.88<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 120 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (24 caps)<br />

Prop<br />

28.10.97<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 123.18 kg<br />

Hons: USA U20<br />

ROMAN SALANOA<br />

NIALL SCANNELL<br />

Hooker<br />

08.04.92<br />

H: 1.85 m<br />

W: 110.91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (20 caps)<br />

RORY SCANNELL<br />

Centre<br />

22.12.93<br />

H: 1.78 m<br />

W: 95.91 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (3 caps)<br />

RG SNYMAN<br />

Lock<br />

29.01.95<br />

H: 1.2.06 m<br />

W: 116.82 kg<br />

Hons: SA (23 caps)<br />

Lock/Back Row<br />

11.12.97<br />

H: 1.93 m<br />

W: 111.82 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (1 cap)<br />

FINEEN WYCHERLEY<br />

Prop<br />

22.07.99<br />

H: 1.83 m<br />

W: 108.18 kg<br />

Hons: Ire U20<br />

JOSH WYCHERLEY<br />

SIMON ZEBO<br />

Wing<br />

16.03.90<br />

H: 1.88 m<br />

W: 99.09 kg<br />

Hons: Ire (35 caps)<br />

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MUNSTER RUGBY<br />

STARTING XV<br />

Dave Kilcoyne Niall Scannell John Ryan Jean Kleyn Tadhg Beirne<br />

Peter<br />

O'Mahony (C)<br />

Chris Cloete<br />

Gavin<br />

Coombes<br />

Craig Casey<br />

Joey Carbery<br />

Simon Zebo<br />

Rory Scannell<br />

Keith Earls<br />

Andrew<br />

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Mike Haley<br />

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Replacements<br />

16. Diarmuid Barron 17. Jeremy Loughman 18. Stephen Archer 19. Fineen Wycherley<br />

20. Jack O'Donoghue 21. Neil Cronin 22. Jake Flannery 23. Dan Goggin<br />

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CONNACHT RUGBY<br />

STARTING XV<br />

Matthew Burke<br />

Dave Heffernan<br />

Finlay Bealham<br />

Niall Murray<br />

Ultan Dillane<br />

Cian Prendergast<br />

Conor Oliver<br />

Paul Boyle<br />

Caolin Blade<br />

Jack Carty (C)<br />

Mack Hansen<br />

Bundee Aki<br />

Sammy Arnold<br />

John Porch<br />

Tiernan<br />

O’Halloran<br />

MATCH OFFICIALS<br />

Referee: Chris Busby (IRFU)<br />

AR1: Frank Murphy (IRFU)<br />

AR2: Paul Haycock (IRFU)<br />

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)<br />

Replacements<br />

16. Shane Delahunt 17. Greg McGrath 18. Jack Aungier 19. Eoghan Masterson<br />

20. Abraham Papali’i 21. Kieran Marmion 22. Jarrad Butler 23. Tom Daly<br />

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THE LOWDOWN<br />

THE SQUAD<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> have added a number of players to<br />

their ranks in the off-season, including Irishqualified<br />

winger Mack Hansen who joined from<br />

the Brumbies. He scored an impressive try on his<br />

Sportsground debut against the Bulls and was<br />

on the scoresheet once again last weekend with<br />

a try against the Dragons. Tongan international<br />

lock Leva Fifita joined from Grenoble, where<br />

he made 65 appearances. The versatile South<br />

African Shayne Bolton is Irish-qualified and<br />

can play anywhere in the back three. Prop Greg<br />

McGrath made the move from Leinster where<br />

he made three senior appearances. Former<br />

Ireland U20 prop Sam Illo signed his first<br />

professional contract with the province, having<br />

represented Leinster at underage level. Oran<br />

McNulty, Cian Prendergast and Dylan Tierney-<br />

Martin were all promoted from the Academy.<br />

Last week <strong>Connacht</strong> announced the signing of<br />

Samoan international loosehead prop Tietie<br />

Tuimauga. The 28-year-old joins from New<br />

Zealand side Manawatu and earned two caps<br />

with the Samoan national team during the<br />

summer, featuring against the Maori All Blacks<br />

and Tonga.<br />

THE FORM GUIDE<br />

<strong>Connacht</strong> opened their season with an away trip<br />

to Cardiff Blues, losing out 33-21, despite two<br />

tries from Kieran Marmion and eleven points<br />

from the boot of Jack Carty. In Round 2, they<br />

hosted the Vodacom Bulls at the Sportsground,<br />

scoring five tries in their 34-7 win, including a<br />

brace from Tom Daly. Last weekend, <strong>Connacht</strong><br />

went down 22-35 to the Dragons at the<br />

Sportsground in a hard-fought game against a<br />

resurgent Dragons side. Jack Carty kicked four<br />

penalties with Hansen and Conor Fitzgerald<br />

touching down for the home side.<br />

THE COACHING TICKET<br />

Head coach Andy Friend joined the province<br />

in 2018. The Australian had previous stints<br />

with the Waratahs and the Brumbies. He joined<br />

Harlequins in 2005 as head coach where<br />

he spent three seasons, and subsequently<br />

returned to the Brumbies as head coach where<br />

he remained until 2011. Friend also worked as<br />

a head coach in Japan for four seasons. On the<br />

international stage, he worked as part of Eddie<br />

Jones’ Wallabies coaching team and guided the<br />

Australian U21 team to the final of the World<br />

Championships in 2005. Prior to making the<br />

move to Galway, Friend was head coach of the<br />

Australian Sevens team. Former Stade Français<br />

and Grenoble coach Dewal Senekal joined the<br />

province ahead of the new season as forwards<br />

coach. Peter Wilkins, who joined <strong>Connacht</strong> in<br />

2017 from Edinburgh <strong>Rugby</strong>, is the senior coach.<br />

Colm Tucker has been working with <strong>Connacht</strong><br />

since 2015 and joined the coaching set up as<br />

the defence coach ahead of this season. Former<br />

<strong>Munster</strong> and Wasps player Mossy Lawler is the<br />

assistant attack and skills coach.<br />

MACK HANSEN<br />

Age: 23<br />

Born: Canberra, Australia<br />

Position: Full Back/Wing<br />

Tries: 3<br />

Appearances: 3<br />

Height: 188cm<br />

Weight: 89kg<br />

Honours:<br />

Australia U20<br />

Andy Friend<br />

ONE TO WATCH<br />

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RUGBY DEVELOPMENT NEWS<br />

CCRO PROGRAMME COMMENCES IN DINGLE PENINSULA<br />

New <strong>Munster</strong> <strong>Rugby</strong> Club & Community <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Officer (CCRO) for Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne,<br />

Eanna Conchuir, started a rugby programme<br />

in Ballyferriter National School at the end of<br />

September with 4th, 5th and 6th class students<br />

learning new evasion and catch/pass skills.<br />

The students also played a variety of modified<br />

and conditioned non-contact rugby games.<br />

The programme enables students to try these<br />

skills out during class time and experience a<br />

game many may not have tried before. This<br />

will also take place in other schools in the<br />

Dingle Peninsula so that children will have the<br />

opportunity to experience playing rugby, often<br />

for the first time.<br />

Children who enjoy the sport and wish to<br />

continue playing will be encouraged to reach<br />

out to Rugbaí Chorca Dhuibhne. For more<br />

information on playing with Rugbaí Chorcha<br />

Dhuibhne, CLICK HERE.<br />

Thosnaigh fear Chorca Dhuibhne a phost nua<br />

mar CCRO Rugbaí Chúige Mumhan inniu i<br />

mbunscoil Baile an Fheirtéaraigh. D’oibrigh sé<br />

me ranganna 4, 5 agus 6 ag múine scileanna<br />

bunúsacha dóibh agus ag imirt roinnt cluichí<br />

feabhsúchán leo. Cabhraíonn sé seo leis na<br />

leanaí feabhas a chur ar a scileanna i rith am<br />

scoile agus taithí a fháil ar an gcluiche, ná raibh<br />

imeartha ag formhór acu roimhe seo. Beidh<br />

Éanna ag tabhairt cúirt ar na scoileanna ar fad<br />

timpeall ar Chorca Dhuibhne i rith na bliana.<br />

Ballyferriter National School pupils take<br />

part in a rugby skills session<br />

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COACHING WORKSHOPS CONTINUE ACROSS THE PROVINCE<br />

Emmett O'Callaghan at the coaching<br />

workshop in Musgrave Park<br />

Coaching workshops run by the <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Development department continue to take<br />

place throughout the province.<br />

A Women’s <strong>Rugby</strong> Preseason Coaching<br />

Workshop took place at Musgrave Park on<br />

September 26 with Women’s Development<br />

Officers Willie Schubert and Ken Imbusch,<br />

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

Participation Co-Ordinator Ray Gadsden,<br />

Technical Skills Development Coach Mike<br />

Pettman and Club Community <strong>Rugby</strong> Officer<br />

Emmett O’Callaghan facilitating the two-hour<br />

event. A wide range of topics were covered<br />

throughout the session including scrum,<br />

lineout, tackle technique, breakdown skills<br />

and catch-pass. Seventeen coaches from<br />

throughout the province attended while players<br />

from the <strong>Munster</strong> U18 Women’s squad and the<br />

Clonakilty U18 Women’s squad took part on the<br />

day. Further workshops will take place over the<br />

coming months on a regional basis.<br />

On Saturday September 25, a Minis Coaching<br />

Workshop took place at the RSC in Waterford<br />

in collaboration with Waterford Sports<br />

Partnership. Twenty-three volunteer coaches<br />

from the four rugby clubs in Waterford attended<br />

the workshop which was facilitated by Women’s<br />

Development Officers Ken Imbusch and<br />

Willie Schubert and Club Community <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Officer Jack Jacob. The workshop focused<br />

on fun games, small-sided games and skill<br />

development incorporating the ABC’s (Agility,<br />

Balance, Coordination and Speed).<br />

Further workshops in Waterford are planned for<br />

the coming season.<br />

Action from the Minis coaching course<br />

at the RSC in Waterford<br />

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GETTING TO KNOW<br />

Declan Moore<br />

Hooker Declan Moore joined <strong>Munster</strong> at the start of the season on a one-year contract.<br />

The 25-year-old is Irish qualified and formerly played with the Melbourne Rebels.<br />

Born in New Zealand, Declan grew up in Sydney, coming through the club system before<br />

putting in eye-catching performances with Sydney University.<br />

ON HIS RUGBY PATHWAY…<br />

“I started playing rugby when I was two or<br />

three years old, playing for the South Coogee<br />

Red Devils with my older brothers. I went to<br />

a non-traditional rugby school in Australia,<br />

so I went through the club system from a<br />

young age. I joined Sydney University at 16<br />

years old. I started out in the lowest team in<br />

the club and I made my first-grade debut as<br />

an 18-year-old. Opportunities opened up to<br />

play representative football in the National<br />

<strong>Rugby</strong> Championship in Australia so I spent<br />

a couple of seasons doing that. After some<br />

strong form playing for Sydney University, I<br />

got a contract down in Melbourne for 2020<br />

which was another milestone in my career.<br />

It’s led me to where I am today.”<br />

ON SETTLING IN AT MUNSTER…<br />

“I’m loving it. It was a big change coming<br />

over in the middle of a pandemic, but all<br />

the boys have been really nice and the<br />

staff are amazing. The facilities are world<br />

class. It's been a seamless transition. It’s<br />

been a lot to move to the other side of the<br />

world, but everyone here has been really<br />

accommodating and made me feel at<br />

home.”<br />

ON HIS KNOWLEDGE OF MUNSTER PRIOR<br />

TO ARRIVING…<br />

“In the southern hemisphere you don't<br />

really hear too much or get to see too much<br />

of the games of the northern hemisphere.<br />

But I definitely knew a bit about <strong>Munster</strong><br />

and some of the other Irish provinces<br />

before I came. I knew it was obviously one<br />

of leading clubs in Europe - if not the world.<br />

The name carries a lot of weight in the<br />

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rugby community. I’m just really excited to<br />

be part of a great rugby club.”<br />

ON HIS FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF<br />

THOMOND PARK…<br />

“Loved it! It was so good to finally see it at the<br />

Sharks game - the very, very vocal crowd,<br />

such passionate supporters. The facility is<br />

amazing. To just sit on the sidelines as a<br />

spectator watching it was really exciting.<br />

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to get out there<br />

and be in front of the fans and be cheered<br />

on by probably the most passionate fans<br />

I've ever seen.”<br />

ON HIS HOPES FOR THE<br />

SEASON…<br />

“I just want to put the best<br />

performance in on and off the<br />

park to help the team. If I can<br />

win a few caps for <strong>Munster</strong><br />

that will be an absolute dream<br />

come true. Obviously, I want to<br />

be on the field as much as I<br />

can. I just want to be part of<br />

a winning culture and make<br />

sure I'm doing the best I can<br />

to make sure we get the<br />

job done on the<br />

weekend and<br />

hopefully bring<br />

home some<br />

silverware for<br />

the fans.”<br />

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WOMEN'S RUGBY NEWS<br />

U18 WOMEN’S RUGBY FLOURISHING AT TRALEE RFC<br />

U18 Women’s rugby is flourishing at Tralee<br />

RFC and last week, Women’s Development<br />

Coordinator Willie Shubart, Women’s<br />

Development Officer Ken Imbusch and<br />

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

O’Callaghan attended the squad’s training<br />

session to provide additional support to the<br />

team’s coaches.<br />

Head coach and Club & Community <strong>Rugby</strong><br />

Officer Brian O’Dowd and coaches Diana<br />

O’Keeffe and Shane O’Brien were on hand<br />

to discuss the growth of the club’s youth<br />

section over the last number of years and<br />

their partnership with Iveragh RFC.<br />

Tralee RFC has been developing their<br />

women’s rugby section for some time, with<br />

a successful senior Women’s team operating<br />

for a number of years. In recent times, they<br />

have been turning their focus to develop<br />

their U18 team. Brian acknowledges:<br />

“We've had women's rugby here in Tralee<br />

RFC for a good while - senior team, U10’s,<br />

U14’s, U16’s and we had a reasonable<br />

number of U18’s. Then Diana O’Keeffe,<br />

Shane O’Brien and I got involved to drive on<br />

the U18’s group.<br />

“We started off with 11 players last year, 13<br />

maybe, and now we've gone up into the<br />

20’s. It's just getting across that rugby is<br />

first of all fun, it's enjoyable, there is a place<br />

for everybody on a rugby pitch. It doesn't<br />

matter what size, how big, how strong, how<br />

fast you are. It doesn't matter there's a place<br />

for everybody.”<br />

Coach Diana O’Keeffe has been watching the<br />

numbers come through from the younger<br />

age-grades: “It’s great to see them growing<br />

from I suppose the start of U14’s then into<br />

U16’s, building into U18’s and then having<br />

the combination of Iveragh and Tralee RFC.<br />

Getting the interlink between each other -<br />

it was fantastic to see. We have the bones<br />

of nearly 20 players out training. That's<br />

massive. You wouldn't get that and see that<br />

in a lot of places at any age level for females<br />

in any sport. It’s massive to see it at U18’s.”<br />

<strong>Munster</strong>’s Women’s Development<br />

Coordinator Willie Schubart has been<br />

pleasantly surprised and boosted by the<br />

great numbers that have been turning out<br />

at the club:<br />

“We saw numbers go up all around the<br />

province and more so in Kerry, where the<br />

numbers may not have been as strong.<br />

We've seen the total opposite of what<br />

we expected. We thought we would lose<br />

numbers - instead we've seen a huge<br />

increase.”<br />

For Shane O’Brien, it’s a family affair:<br />

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dominated by another sport, it's very<br />

important for the parents and the kids to<br />

be involved for integration. We have past<br />

players and current players coaching with<br />

us. It’s important as a parent as well to be<br />

involved. My own daughter is playing with<br />

the U18’s. It sets a good example to be<br />

involved and there is a social obligation to<br />

give back to a sport that gives to you also.”<br />

Check out the video HERE<br />

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MUNSTER MOMENT OF THE MONTH SEPTEMBER 2021<br />

The <strong>Munster</strong> Women’s team winning the Interprovincial title after<br />

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provinces was voted the September Moment of the Month.<br />

It was the first time the competition has run since February 2020,<br />

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Also in the running for the September Moment of the Month was<br />

the return of fans to Thomond Park in substantial numbers for<br />

the first time in almost 19 months for the URC clash against the<br />

Sharks, and Ballincollig RFC’s winning return to the Women's AIL<br />

for the first time in 11 years last month in a great achievement for<br />

the club.<br />

Keep an eye on www.munsterrugby.ie in the coming weeks for<br />

details of how to vote for the October Moment of the Month.<br />

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FIXTURES 2021/22<br />

Date Fixture/Result Venue<br />

Irish KO times<br />

Sat, Sep 25 - W <strong>Munster</strong> 42-17 Cell C Sharks Thomond Park<br />

Sat, Oct 2 - W <strong>Munster</strong> 34-18 DHL Stormers Thomond Park<br />

Sun, Oct 10 - W Scarlets 13-43 <strong>Munster</strong> Parc y Scarlets<br />

Sat, Oct 16 - 19:35 <strong>Munster</strong> v <strong>Connacht</strong> Thomond Park<br />

Sat, Oct 23 - 19:35 Ospreys v <strong>Munster</strong> Liberty Stadium<br />

Sat, Nov 27 - 17:45 Bulls v <strong>Munster</strong> Loftus Versfeld Stadium<br />

Sat, Dec 4 - 15:30 Lions v <strong>Munster</strong> Emirates Airline Park<br />

Sun, Dec 12 - 15:15 Wasps v <strong>Munster</strong> Coventry Building Society Arena<br />

Sat, Dec 18 - 20:00 <strong>Munster</strong> v Castres Olympique Thomond Park<br />

Sun, Dec 26 - 19:35 <strong>Munster</strong> v Leinster Thomond Park<br />

Sat, Jan 1 - 17:15 <strong>Connacht</strong> v <strong>Munster</strong> The Sportsground<br />

Sat, Jan 8 - 19:35 <strong>Munster</strong> v Ulster Thomond Park<br />

Fri, Jan 14 - 20:00 Castres Olympique v <strong>Munster</strong> Stade Pierre Fabre<br />

Sun, Jan 23 - 15:15 <strong>Munster</strong> v Wasps Thomond Park<br />

W/E-29th Jan Zebre v <strong>Munster</strong> Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi<br />

W/E-19th Feb <strong>Munster</strong> v Edinburgh Thomond Park<br />

W/E-5th Mar <strong>Munster</strong> v Dragons Thomond Park<br />

W/E-26th Mar <strong>Munster</strong> v Benetton Musgrave Park<br />

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W/E-23rd Apr Ulster v <strong>Munster</strong> Kingspan Stadium<br />

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