12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Munster coach Declan Kidney has had a personal boost in the run-up to his side's Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff, with the announcement that he is the Philips Sports Manager of the Year for 2006.
Kidney was the easy choice after he guided Munster to their first Heineken Cup title on an emotional day in the Millennium Stadium last May. The Corkman had already picked up the monthly awards for both April and May for Munster's exciting progression through the tournament.
He is following in the footsteps of his former Ireland management colleague Eddie O'Sullivan, who picked up the Philips-sponsored prize for Manager of the Year in 2004.
...John O'Donoghue T.D., the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, and Cel O'Reilly, the Managing Director of Philips Ireland, present Declan Kidney with his award...