After Munster’s bruising encounter with Benetton Treviso last Sunday, reported knocks and bruises are currently being assessed in looking ahead to participation in tomorrow’s squad training session.
Those not involved at the weekend included James Cronin and Ronan O’Mahony, who both underwent scans for hamstring tightness, and they will continue to be reviewed by the Munster medical team this week.
Tomas O’Leary will be monitored for a groin injury with a decision to be made on the trio’s matchday availability later in the week.
After successfully rehabbing a neck injury sustained last October, Stephen Archer made a return to training last week and the prop is showing no ill-effects after full contact and scrummaging sessions. The Corkman is in line to make his 100th appearance for the province on Saturday if selected against the Newport Gwent Dragons
Peter O’Mahony (knee) has commenced on-pitch running and continues his rehabilitation programme in addition to Tyler Bleyendaal (quad), Duncan Casey (pec) and BJ Botha (knee).
Meanwhile, strong representation in last weekend’s Ulster Bank League action saw a number of Munster senior players line out for their respective clubs, while on the Academy front, all match-fit players not involved with the senior squad also picked up game-time with their clubs.
Due to Tommy O’Donnell and Dave Foley making the journey to Italy from London where they were initially included as travelling extras for Ireland, Academy second row Sean McCarthy joined Shane Buckley and his Academy colleague, Liam O’Connor, in travelling as an extra to Treviso.
Johnny Holland scored 26 points for Cork Constitution as the Munster side handed Division 1A leaders UCD a 58-15 drubbing at Belfield. Holland scored a try and kicked six conversions and three penalties in a game that also involved the Academy’s Rory Burke, Ned Hodson, Ryan Foley and Tomas Quinlan with the latter two also getting on the scoresheet.
Jordan Coghlan and Academy duo Alex Wootton and Conor Oliver featured for Garryowen as they also enjoyed success in the top flight, defeating Terenure College 12-3 at Dooradoyle, while Dan Goggin, Ben Kilkenny and Gearoid Lyons lined out for Young Munster in their 42-25 loss to Clontarf at Castle Avenue. Lyons kicked a penalty and a conversion.
In Division 1B, Academy talents Stephen Fitzgerald, Ollie Lyons and Greg O’Shea travelled with Shannon to Ballymena. Fitzgerald ran in an excellent individual try but ultimately the Limerick men suffered a 30-23 defeat.
Kevin O’Byrne and UL Bohemians also came up short at the weekend, losing 42-13 to Dublin University at Annacotty and still remain in a relegation play-off position.