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Musgrave Park expansion talks

By Barry Coughlan
PLANS that could see Musgrave Park turn into a 17,000 all-seater stadium are currently under discussion.

The talks on the future of the Cork rugby venue are still at a very early stage; for the moment limited to a development committee who are focusing on the ground's potential.

The major problem is the financial implication of such a move; whether the money would be made available by the Irish Rugby Football Union or whether private enterprise might enter an arrangement with the IRFU and its Munster branch. A spokesman for the Munster branch admitted yesterday the existence of the committee: "No firm plans have been drawn up either for the immediate or long-term future.

"It's basically only at the early discussion stage and any development, whatever form that might take, could be a long way down the road."

The current ground capacity is 8,000, mainly confined to open terracing.

The venue hosts two clubs, co-tenants Sunday's Well and Dolphin, and they would need to be accommodated in any potential development, having recently re-negotiated long term leases.

Meanwhile, the injury ruling Denis Leamy out of Munster action for the rest of the season is just the latest in a catalogue of disasters for the southern province.

Leamy tore a cruciate ligament in his left knee during Munster's Celtic League defeat to Edinburgh at Meadowbank last week.

Leamy is a rising star in the Munster set-up and the injury compounds the growing difficulties in the back row. Alan Quinlan is already ruled out with a shoulder injury and Eddie Halvey is also out

Jim Williams, Anthony Foley and David Wallace remain the only front-line players currently available, and the worry is Foley, who missed much of the Irish World Cup campaign, may lack match fitness Munster may have to resort to using Stephen Keogh as back row cover but Colm McMahon is really the only option to fill any vacancy arising at number seven.

Munster have just one game against Cardiff before the buildup to their Heineken Cup clash away to Bourgoin begins.

 

Musgrave Park expansion talks

By Barry Coughlan
PLANS that could see Musgrave Park turn into a 17,000 all-seater stadium are currently under discussion.

The talks on the future of the Cork rugby venue are still at a very early stage; for the moment limited to a development committee who are focusing on the ground's potential.

The major problem is the financial implication of such a move; whether the money would be made available by the Irish Rugby Football Union or whether private enterprise might enter an arrangement with the IRFU and its Munster branch. A spokesman for the Munster branch admitted yesterday the existence of the committee: "No firm plans have been drawn up either for the immediate or long-term future.

"It's basically only at the early discussion stage and any development, whatever form that might take, could be a long way down the road."

The current ground capacity is 8,000, mainly confined to open terracing.

The venue hosts two clubs, co-tenants Sunday's Well and Dolphin, and they would need to be accommodated in any potential development, having recently re-negotiated long term leases.

Meanwhile, the injury ruling Denis Leamy out of Munster action for the rest of the season is just the latest in a catalogue of disasters for the southern province.

Leamy tore a cruciate ligament in his left knee during Munster's Celtic League defeat to Edinburgh at Meadowbank last week.

Leamy is a rising star in the Munster set-up and the injury compounds the growing difficulties in the back row. Alan Quinlan is already ruled out with a shoulder injury and Eddie Halvey is also out

Jim Williams, Anthony Foley and David Wallace remain the only front-line players currently available, and the worry is Foley, who missed much of the Irish World Cup campaign, may lack match fitness Munster may have to resort to using Stephen Keogh as back row cover but Colm McMahon is really the only option to fill any vacancy arising at number seven.

Munster have just one game against Cardiff before the buildup to their Heineken Cup clash away to Bourgoin begins.