This week’s news that Connacht star Robbie Henshaw has decided to leave his native province and link up with Leinster has come as another source of disappointment for Munster fans disenchanted with their team’s poor form and a perception that not a whole lot is being done about it.
WHILE professionalism is now well entrenched in rugby, John Kelly’s role for Munster Rugby has progressed from a decade as a paid player until the Ireland wing’s retirement in 2007 to that of a volunteer, albeit one a chair of a PGC responsible for the recruitment and retention of players as well as the hiring of the coaching staff.
Ex-Wallaby second row John Langford travelled north to become one of Irish rugby’s most significant overseas signings during a three-season spell with Munster from 1999 to 2002. He doesn’t get to watch the game he loves too often these days but he's making an exception this summer.
MUNSTER legend Jim Williams returned to the province yesterday, eagerly looking ahead to tomorrow night’s clash with his old comrades at Thomond Park while concerned at the form displayed by his native Australia in their 35-18 defeat to England at Twickenham on Saturday.
DONNCHA O’CALLAGHAN is always looking for an edge. He will always work harder than his colleagues to better himself. The Lions second row doesn’t have the flair and flamboyance of some of his team-mates, but he has a work ethic and a hunger for rugby knowledge unsurpassed by any player I have known.
GIVEN that they would be accused of getting ahead of themselves if they looked beyond their quarter-final commitments, the representatives of the eight surviving teams in the Heineken Cup adopted a low key approach to the semi-final draw made yesterday in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, the venue for the final on May 20.
GENUINELY world-class with ball in hand and hugely effective throughout the pitch, David Wallace faces into his 34th Heineken European Cup game at Thomond Park this evening intent on helping Munster into the quarter-finals for the sixth successive year.