Over the past two-and-a-half months, the IRFU provincial academies have been hard at work preparing for the new season. Below is an insight into the work that is being done in the Munster Rugby Academy which is headed up by Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone.
Following Munster's GUINNESS PRO12 bonus point win over Edinburgh, neck injury victim Jack O'Donoghue continues to be monitored by the medical staff and is not expected to be available for this Saturday's clash with Zebre.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made five personnel changes for Saturday's GUINNESS PRO12 round 4 encounter with Edinburgh at Thomond Park (kick-off 3pm). Centre Cian Bohane is set to make his first competitive start for the province.
Munster Rugby is currently inviting applications for a Performance Nutritionist. The Performance Nutritionist will report to the Head of Athletic Performance at Munster Rugby and will have a close working relationship with IRFU Head of Nutrition in managing the delivery and development of nutritional support services for Munster Rugby Senior and identified Academy level players.
Munster's new purpose built High Performance Centre at the University of Limerick is open for business with the centre marking a new era for the province as the squad look to reap the rewards from their first ever single training base.
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made two changes to the team that defeated the Scarlets for Friday's GUINNESS PRO12 encounter with Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 7.35pm).
Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus met with media today to preview Munster's first home match of the competitive season where they welcome Cardiff Blues to Irish Independent Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).
Munster have today confirmed that Johnny Holland will retire from professional rugby with immediate effect. The young out-half, who initially sustained a hamstring injury while playing for Munster 'A' in a British & Irish Cup game against Nottingham in November 2014, has been advised to retire on medical grounds
Munster will enter the competitive season off the back of a comprehensive 52-21 triumph over Worcester Warriors, with James Cronin, Simon Zebo, Darren Sweetnam, Ronan O'Mahony, Ian Keatley and Cian Bohane all touching down and the province's scrum yielding a penalty try.