The Irish Rugby Football Union provided an unbudgeted additional 1 million euro in the 2015/16 season to the provinces (250,000 euro each) to assist with the difficulties experienced by all in the player contracting market.
With pre-season now underway, seven new recruits have so far been added to the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy for the 2016/17 season. Ireland Under-20 players Shane Daly, Vincent O'Brien and Sean O'Connor are included in the new intake.
CJ Stander became the first player to claim the Munster Rugby Player of the Year award for the second year in succession at today's annual Munster Rugby Awards, in association with the Irish Independent.
The annual GUINNESS PRO12 Awards took place at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, this evening. Players, coaches and key personnel from all 12 teams involved in the league were in attendance to celebrate the 2015/16 season.
For the first time this season, head coach Anthony Foley has named an unchanged team as Munster bid to secure Champions Cup qualification in round 22 of the GUINNESS PRO12. They welcome the Scarlets to Thomond Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Following on from the bonus point win against Edinburgh, the Munster squad gathered in their respective centres this morning for gym sessions and meetings as preparations commenced for next Saturday's decisive GUINNESS PRO12 encounter with the Scarlets at Thomond Park (kick-off 3pm).
Munster continue their preparations for this Friday's crucial GUINNESS PRO12 encounter with Edinburgh in Cork (kick-off 7.35pm), while, on the club front, there was strong Academy representation in the weekend's Ulster Bank League play-off action.