Author: Luke Liddy

Conor Murray and Munster claim top Writers of Ireland awards

Conor Murray and Munster claim top Writers of Ireland awards. Munster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions scrum-half, Conor Murray was named The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards hosted at the Guinness Storehouse yesterday.   Murray, the only player in the Northern Hemisphere to have scored four tries against the All Blacks in Test matches, will be honoured at the gala awards this evening, hosted by Gavin Krenski and Rory Sheridan of Guinness, and Chairman of the Rugby Writers of Ireland, Gerry Thornley. The Limerick man...

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No fresh injury concerns for Munster as Bleyendaal takes part in limited training

No fresh injury concerns for Munster as Bleyendaal takes part in limited training. A number of players are progressing well on the rehabilitation front with Tyler Bleyendaal (neck) taking part in limited training this week, while Gerbrandt Grobler (ankle), Ronan O’Mahony (fibula) and Conor Oliver (shoulder) have all advanced to on-pitch rehabilitation sessions. With 11 of the squad attending Ireland camp in Carton House, Rassie Erasmus confirmed that Simon Zebo, who scored the opening try at the weekend, and newcomer Chris Cloete will be involved in Friday night’s encounter at Irish Independent Park. Continuing to rehab: Gerbrandt Grobler (ankle), Conor Oliver (shoulder), Dan Goggin (knee), Ronan...

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Rassie Erasmus emotional ahead of what may be his last game as Munster boss

Rassie Erasmus ‘emotional’ ahead of what may be his last game as Munster boss. Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has again reiterated that Friday’s Pro 14 clash with the Dragons will most likely be his last game at the helm for Munster. The South African has eluded to the fact that it makes sense to bring in Johann van Graan during the three-week break which follows this weekend’s action. Erasmus has garnered massive respect from the Munster faithful during his time at the province. In the way that he was able to steady the side through a tough period...

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Shannon head coach Tom Hayes not getting carried away with flying start to the campaign

Shannon head coach Tom Hayes not getting carried away with flying start to the campaign. Shannon head coach Tom Hayes has had a bright start in his first full season as an AIL head coach with his side recording five wins from five. The Parish side maintained their position at the top of the division with a hard-fought derby win over UL Bohemian at Thomond Park over the weekend. Hayes was brought in as forwards coach at the beginning of last season, before being called on to take over from Marcus Horan at the helm midway through the season,...

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Conway sees Red as 14 man Munster lose out to Connacht

Conway sees Red as 14 man Munster lose out to Connacht. A 67th minute try from Tom Farrell saw Munster fall to a 20-16 loss at The Sportsground on Friday evening in their inter-provincial derby clash with Connacht. Simon Zebo gave Munster an early lead within five minutes, following a fine break and offload from Rory Scannell. Ian Keatley added 3 more points from the boot on seventeen minutes before Connacht hit back through Tiernan O’Halloran six minutes later, his try was converted by Jack Carty to cut Munster’s lead to three. After that both sides traded penalties through...

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