Munster report a clean bill of health from last Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 match against the Cardiff Blues which ended in a narrow 16-13 win for Tony McGahan’s men.
After the game, the province’s forwards coach Anthony Foley departed for Dublin to join the Ireland senior management team in place of Gert Smal, who has been ruled out of further involvement because of illness.
In terms of replacing Foley in the Munster set-up for the coming week,s it is a case of going back to the tried and trusted with Niall O’Donovan stepping in to replace Foley.
O’Donovan was of course assistant to Declan Kidney when Munster won the Heineken Cup in 2006 and most recently has been assistant coach/team manager of the Munster British & Irish Cup side that is through to the semi-final stage of this season’s competition.
Meanwhile, Damien Varley, Denis Hurley and Simon Zebo will spend the week in Carton House with the Ireland squad as they prepare for their rescheduled Six Nations game against France.
Varley will be released back to Munster on Wednesday, leaving him time to get in one session with the squad before their league clash with the Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday. Zebo and Hurley may not be released until Friday morning.