Greatest Munster team of the professional era picked in fans' vote

Plenty of tough calls in this team!
Greatest Munster team of the professional era picked in fans' vote
David Wallace, Anthony Foley, and Peter Stringer celebrate with the Heineken Cup after the 2006 final. Photo: INPHO/Billy Stickland

The Munster Rugby Supporters Club has been making the most of the lockdown, running a series of daily polls to select the province’s best 23 of the professional era.

From the start, there were tough calls, with Simon Zebo edging out Shaun Payne and Paul Warwick for the full-back jersey.

Doug Howlett, Rua Tipoki, and Lifeimi Mafi followed in winning their spots, while Keith Earls was such a resounding victor on the left wing, even his rivals were voting for him!

There was no contest for the #10 jersey, of course, with supporters instead choosing between Ronan O’Gara’s greatest moments, before he was joined in that iconic half-back partnership by Peter Stringer.

There were some tough battles to pack down alongside John Hayes in the front-row, with Peter Clohessy and Jerry Flannery, who squeezed out Keith Wood, joining him.

Clohessy and Peter O’Mahony were the only two to crack the 2006 Heineken Cup-winning pack, completed by Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell, and two automatic selections in David Wallace and Anthony Foley.

Marcus Horan, Wood, BJ Botha, Donnacha Ryan, and CJ Stander, after seeing off an incredible array of talent in Alan Quinlan, Denis Leamy, and Jim Williams, made up the forward replacements.

Conor Murray, Warwick, and Andrew Conway rounded out the 23-man squad.

Greatest Munster team of the professional era, as selected on @MRSC16 Twitter:

15. Simon Zebo

14. Doug Howlett

13. Rua Tipoki

12. Lifeimi Mafi

11. Keith Earls

10. Ronan O'Gara

9. Peter Stringer

1. Peter Clohessy

2. Jerry Flannery

3. John Hayes

4. Donncha O’Callaghan

5. Paul O’Connell

6. Peter O'Mahony

7. David Wallace

8. Anthony Foley

Replacements:

16. Keith Wood

17. Marcus Horan

18. BJ Botha

19. Donnacha Ryan

20. CJ Stander

21. Conor Murray

22. Paul Warwick

23. Andrew Conway

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