WATCH | Leamy and Wycherley taking nothing for granted ahead of “great” Cardiff side

The red province return to competitive action this weekend as they travel to Wales.

Munster kick off the new season this Saturday when they face Cardiff in the Cardiff Arms Park in Wales at 3.05pm. The game was rescheduled from it’s original Friday timeslot to facilitate King Charles III and the British Queen’s Consort’s visit to Cardiff.

Nonetheless, the game will afford Graham Rowntree and his management team a first glimpse into the future of the club under new guidance.

Rowntree will have former Munster players Mike Prendergast and Denis Leamy as coaches, both of whom have cut their cloth elsewhere following retirement.

And while Munster will be favoured to come away from Cardiff with the victory Leamy isn’t taking their opponents for granted as they seek to continue their learning under new management.

“Cardiff play fast, very attractive Rugby. When they get into their style of play, they cause a lot of trouble around the pitch. They can hit you in close, or out wide so they are a really good side from that point of view.

We will go all guns blazing but we are aware of the bigger picture. Whatever the result is Saturday, we move on and get better and better.”

Young prop Josh Wycherley was also up for questions in preparation for the URC kick off as the Cork native also praised this weekend’s opposition.

“They are a great side in fairness to them. I know they finished on the lower end of the table last year but I remember playing them in Musgrave Park and they have exciting players and exciting signings. I think for us its going to be, a big start for us, need to start well, especially on a 4G and that’s a target we’re aiming for.”

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Munster play Cardiff in the first round of the 2022/23 URC this Saturday at 3.05pm.

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