PREPARATIONS for the big season opener continue this week with just 11 days until Munster’s United Rugby Championship clash against Cell C Sharks at Thomond Park on Saturday, September 25 (7.35pm).
There is no fresh injury news to report following Saturday’s pre-season game in Exeter with 31 players featuring in the 31-19 win at Sandy Park.
In squad news, Tadhg Beirne and Conor Murray return to the HPC this week to begin their respective pre-season training programmes. The duo were in action for the British & Irish Lions during their summer tour in South Africa.
On the injury front, Chris Farrell is undergoing rehabilitation for an abdominal injury.
RG Snyman (knee) and John Hodnett (achilles) are both following modified training programmes and progressing well.
Greencore Munster Rugby Academy player Jonathan Wren suffered a thigh injury in the Munster Challenge Match earlier this month and will require rehab with the medical department.
Fellow Academy player Conor Phillips has been included in the Ireland Men’s Sevens squad for their upcoming World Series events in Canada.
In contract news, hooker Declan Moore has linked up with the province for the 2021/22 season. The 24-year-old, who is Irish-qualified, is a former Melbourne Rebels player.
Continuing to rehab: Jason Jenkins (shoulder), Kevin O’Byrne (leg), John Hodnett (achilles), RG Snyman (knee).
Watch Highlights here from Munster’s impressive pre season game with Exeter to heighten the excitement ahead of the season opener: