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Chisholm Trains Fully Ahead Of Munster’s Swansea Trip

Chisholm Trains Fully Ahead Of Munster’s Swansea Trip

The Munster squad, including new signing Mark Chisholm, trained at the University of Limerick yesterday as they continue preparations for next Sunday’s GUINNESS PRO12 encounter away to the Ospreys.

Following his arrival in the province last week, Australian international and former Bayonne captain Mark Chisholm was in attendance at last Saturday night’s win over Benetton Treviso and continues to settle into his new environment in taking a full part in training yesterday.

After sustaining concussion in Munster’s pre-season encounter with London Irish, Francis Saili took a limited part in training as he follows the return-to-play protocols, while Tomás O’Leary continues to rehab a groin issue with head coach Anthony Foley expecting his return in the coming weeks. The scrum half could feature for Dolphin during the GUINNESS PRO12 break.

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Development prop Peter McCabe underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle on Monday and will remain sidelined for the coming months.

Also following their respective rehab programmes are Billy Holland (ankle), Denis Hurley (ankle), Ronan O’Mahony (osteitis pubis) and Johnny Holland (hamstring).

Munster’s most recent trip to Swansea saw them fall to their ninth defeat in 12 games at the Liberty Stadium, and Foley knows his side will have their work cut out if they are to avoid a similar fate again.

“Liberty Stadium is a very hard place to play, but hopefully we can learn from our mistakes there last year and build on what we did against Treviso,” he said.

“We have to go there with a good mind-set and understand the challenge that is ahead of us. The players don’t need any more reminding of round 17 last season – eight penalties to one down, behind on the scoreboard and a sin-binning, all in the first half. We made a rod to hit ourselves with. We need to control our discipline this time around and put in a performance.

“Every team finds it hard in Swansea, we’ll be no different, but we’ll go to give a good account of ourselves and try to make it four (wins) from thirteen against them.”