10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
"The season is far from over for Munster and it's not all doom and gloom, we still have an opportunity to make it into the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup, and we're top of the Magners League," he said.
"If there is silverware, we're definitely interested! It's still European rugby, there's some quality teams left in the Amlin Challenge Cup and to have extra games at a European level is very important for us."
On the injury front, there is some welcome news for the Munster management. Prop Marcus Horan is taking part in his first full week of training after recovering from a broken bone in his wrist, and is hopeful of getting some game-time over the coming weeks with Shannon.
Hooker Jerry Flannery, who is two weeks into his six-week recovery from a calf injury, was named in Ireland's RBS 6 Nations squad todday. He will join the Irish camp at the start of next week where he will be monitored by their medical team.
Meanwhile, flanker Alan Quinlan is three weeks into his recovery from a dislocated elbow. The Munster coaches are hopeful that he will get some game-time come the Magners League clash with Benetton Treviso in mid-February.
Centre/winger Barry Murphy, who sustained a foot injury and retired early in the British & Irish Cup game against Nottingham last weekend, underwent a scan yesterday evening and is now awaiting the results.