Mike Haley has a debt of gratitude to Danny Cipriani for the mentoring he provided the full-back as a young professional in the Sale Sharks academy. Now on opposing teams, the Munster full-back knows just how dangerous he will be for Gloucester at Kingsholm tomorrow night, should the fly-half pass a fitness test today.
England 45 Ireland 21: Twenty-one points was enough to win each of the two previous World Rugby U20 Championship finals and only twice has a team scored more than that and lost, but you got the impression at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday evening that no matter what Ireland scored, England would nab more.
Irish coach Nigel Carolan says they will treat next Saturday’s World Rugby U-20 Championship final in much the same way as they have approached every other game in the tournament and try not to dwell on the significance of their appearance.
The difference in the perceived challenges facing Munster and Leinster over the weekend is reflected in the fact that Leinster find themselves roundly criticised despite their win over Harlequins, while Munster have received a very positive response for their achievement in rescuing a bonus point in defeat from a game that could have run away from them at one stage,
Conor Murray has helped steer Munster to two Heineken Cup semi-finals and though the chances of making it a third seem far slimmer this season, the Ireland scrum-half insists the belief remains that his province can still be European contenders.
Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers rolled back the years tonight as they lined up together in a ’Class of 92 and friends’ XI for a friendly against Salford City, the non-league outfit they bought between them this year.