Author: Tom Savage

Munster’s squad depth the best it’s been for a decade.

Munster’s squad depth the best it’s been for a decade. Is it bordering on heresy to say that this Munster squad is as deep as it’s been since 2008? Maybe heresy isn’t the right word – pressurising, perhaps, would be more suitable. After all, if we’re to compare this squad, quality wise, with the Heineken Cup-winning squad of 2005-2008 we have to also look at what that squad achieved from a silverware perspective. When we do that, we can see the expectation that comes with Munster Rugby this season but that expectation is a good thing. Ultimately, there’s no...

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Joey Carbery took the road less travelled

Joey Carbery took the road less travelled. The road that took Joey Carbery from the leafy surrounds of Ballsbridge to the Cratloe Road was a little more convoluted than the M7 but the end result was the same. Carbery in Limerick, in Munster, and primed for a shot at the Irish #10 jersey that would have been structurally impossible in a Leinster shirt, bar a catastrophic injury to Johnny Sexton. Let’s be clear though – the easy decision for him to make would have been to stay at Leinster, scrap it out for a #22 or #23 shirt on...

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Ospreys game crucial for early season confidence

Ospreys game crucial for early season confidence. This game against the Ospreys in the Guinness Pro14 has more significance than the September billing might suggest. After last Friday’s loss in Glasgow, Munster arrive in Cork this week with some things to rectify – some of them are old problems, some of them are new, but all of them are within the ability of Johann van Graan’s team to put right. The disappointing opening 30 minutes against Glasgow would have been an unpleasant memory of similar events last season for the Munster coaching team. It took the Warriors 36 minutes...

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Humble South African already looking like an inspired choice

Humble South African already looking like an inspired choice Johann van Graan has long been considered a student of the game by people who pay attention. Long before he arrived at the High-Performance Centre last November, Van Graan had a burgeoning reputation as a progressive rugby mind who had potential that belied his low profile within the Springbok set up. Van Graan had been a member of the Springboks set up since 2012 when he was appointed as a technical advisor and analyst by Heyneke Meyer, but before long the hard-working, video-obsessed analyst had grown into an expanded role...

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Bringing Mathewson into the fold is smart business by Munster

Bringing Mathewson into the fold is smart business by Munster There are few words in the English language that are sadder in a sequence than “Conor Murray is injured”, at least if you’re of a Munster persuasion or, around a test window, an Irish one. That’s the news that went public on Monday, with the news that we’ll likely be without Murray for the first two rounds of the Heineken Cup because of a neck injury. In response to this news, Munster have signed Alby Mathewson on a four-month contract as injury cover. I’ve had as many responses to...

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