The last famous victory in France was in Bordeaux and comparison is inevitable but Wallace treasures the Bordeaux memory most, " Performance wise, last Saturday was right up there with anything we've done but for me the Bordeaux game still remains the sweeter. When you think about it, everything was against us. We weren't as experienced. The weather was so hot, we were up against a Toulouse side who were considered unbeatable, and it was a semi-final, such an immense occasion. Yet the team rose to it and it's something I'll always remember." Since then of course there have been victories for Munster in Castres and now Paris. Surely not a question of Munster becoming blasi about playing the French in France. " Not all, says Wallace, " and it's not just a question of Munster winning in France, but Ireland as well. I suppose it's an indication of how the game has turned around in Ireland that we are now able to compete with the French at this level of competition."
Looking forward to the game on Sunday, it will be only the second time David Wallace has played against the Welsh at senior level, "I've played against them at every other level and would have huge respect for them. They've been having a quiet time of late but that won't last, they've too many quality players. There's also a huge expectation out there and that means added pressure. But things have been going well in training. There's a good atmosphere and no difficulty in adapting to the new management."
Of course you would say that David.
"Well look at it this way. From my point of view, there hasn't been a huge change in personnel. I know Eddie well from his role with Ireland so there's nothing to get used to there. Obviously the same goes for Declan and Niall. The difference now is Eddie is the boss and Declan and Niall are his support team. Everyone is comfortable with that. The introduction of others like Mike Forde has already been beneficial in that some of the work he did with us during the international squad session in Limerick stood to us against Stade Francais. So now it's so far so good and let's hope for a bit of luck on Sunday.