The Munster squad trained in Limerick today ahead of Saturday evening’s home clash with Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12.
Hoping to continue their unbeaten run at home in the league, Munster will need a strong performance as Glasgow find themselves in a rich vein of form, looking to make it four wins on the trot.
The Warriors also come to Thomond Park with a game in hand over their hosts and as it is still possible for them to take second spot in the table and secure a home semi-final, the Scots will be massively up for this game.
“Glasgow are the biggest challenge for us now, and we have to make sure we have our heads on and are focused for when they come here,” said Munster head coach Rob Penney.
“They are coming here with the desperate need to get points and it’s a real dogfight at the top of the table, so we need to show them the respect they deserve.”
The fact that no Scottish side has won on Munster soil since Glasgow themselves defeated Munster at Musgrave Park in 2008, makes a win this weekend all the more appealing for the visitors. That said, Glasgow have beaten Munster just once in their last eight meetings.
Peter O’Mahony remains absent as he awaits news on a shoulder injury picked up just minutes into Munster’s win over Toulouse last weekend. The province’s captain will meet with a specialist later this evening for further prognosis on the injury.
The news about Casey Laulala is positive after he met with a specialist for a fractured bone in his right hand.
Penney confirmed the Kiwi centre will be in plaster for the next 10 days and is expected to return to training the week of the Toulon game.
Penney was also upbeat about the possible return of Donnacha Ryan, hoping that the Tipperary man will be back in contention for the Heineken Cup semi-final also.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that current Munster backs coach Simon Mannix will join French outfit Pau at the end of the season.
Based in the south west of France, Pau currently compete in France’s Pro D2 and Mannix joins them as director of rugby.
Tickets are on sale for the Munster v Glasgow game online here, from the ticket offices in Musgrave Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 0818719300.
Kick off the school Easter holidays at Thomond Park on Saturday night – kids go free with the family terrace ticket packs (€;40 for two adults and two kids).