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A resolute Jake White upbeat about the Vodacom Bull’s road ahead



A resolute BBCo Director of Rugby, Jake White remains upbeat about the road ahead, emphasising that his charger’s loss in Scotland does not cast a ‘doom and gloom’ spell for the remainder of the season.

“The beauty of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship is that there are no guarantees, it is a tough competition but just because we have lost to Glasgow does not mean that it is the end of the season for us. Last season, this time, we had lost three and still, we managed to pick ourselves up and work our way to the finals,” comments the Vodacom Bulls mentor.

The Pretoria outfit were outmuscled 35-21 (on Saturday) by a well-mannered Glasgow Warriors outfit in front of a packed Scotstoun Stadium. Despite the loss, White pointed to some of the positives gained from the clash.

“We scrummed very well, with the likes of Simphiwe Matanzima who hasn’t had much game time because of his leg injury; but I am glad he came through for us. Our second front row really played well too, scrumming well, and that bodes well for the next game.”

After round 4 of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship, the Vodacom Bulls (now) sit fifth on the table, five points adrift from table toppers, Leinster.

White highlights the need to be patient as his young team develops and learns by applying their trade.

“We cannot fast forward age, we cannot fast-track experience… but the positive thing about where this team is (currently) is that they are learning and in four years’ time, when we have Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Mornay Smith, Gerhard Steenekamp, ElrighLouw, RuanNortjé, Kurt-Lee Arendse (and many others)all on 100 Vodacom United Rugby Championship caps, we will be a power side.”

“But that does not mean we are going to lie down; it just means we put this (loss to Glasgow) in our memory bank and find ways as the coaches and players to get better” he concluded.

The Vodacom Bulls will next lace their boots against Munster on Saturday 15 October 2022. An encounter that the BBCo Director of Rugby predicts will be a good test for his young side.

“Munster have a lot of international players and so we will have to up our game. They have also lost three of their last four games, so it is not going to be easy but we will work things out together (as coaches and players) and prepare to move forward. We put our heads together and get a team together that (we think) can beat Munster.”

The fixture at Thomond Park will kick-off at 20:35pm South African Time. The match will be broadcast LIVE on SuperSport Rugby.

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Squad Update | Preparations Continue For Glasgow At Thomond



The Munster squad continued their training schedule at the HPC on Monday morning as preparations continue for Saturday evening’s vital URC clash against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park (5.15pm).

It is our final home game of the URC regular season with tickets available here.

See the state of play in the URC ahead of round 16 here.

On the senior international front, Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray helped Ireland to a Grand Slam-clinching victory over England in Dublin on Saturday.

Tadhg Beirne, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley and Dave Kilcoyne also featured during the successful campaign. Joey Carbery, Gavin Coombes, Keith Earls and Roman Salanoa were part of the squad at different stages over the past two months.

Ben Healy made his Scotland debut as a replacement on Saturday, steering the team to victory over Italy at Murrayfield.

Academy player Ruadhán Quinn (Old Crescent) and fellow Munster men Brian Gleeson (Garryowen) and Danny Sheahan (UCC) helped the Ireland U20s to their second Grand Slam in-a-row with a victory over England at Musgrave Park on Sunday. Gleeson picked up his second Player of the Match award of the campaign after another excellent display.

Academy man Evan O’Connell (UL Bohemian) and Jacob Sheahan (UCC) also featured over the campaign with Academy player Jack Oliver (Garryowen) and Conall Henchy (DUFC) part of the squad.

Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Jack Crowley, Dave Kilcoyne, Roman Salanoa and Ben Healy have returned to training at the HPC ahead of Munster v Glasgow.

Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray are on a down week after both playing in all five games of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign and will return to the HPC next week.

There is good news on the injury front for Tom Ahern (shoulder) and Mike Haley (ankle) as they both return to full team training this week.

On the Academy front, there is a similarly positive injury update for Edwin Edogbo (ankle) as he also returns to full team training.

Continuing to rehab: Niall Scannell (shoulder), Liam Coombes (thigh), Jeremy Loughman (thigh), Keith Earls (calf), Tadhg Beirne (ankle), Liam O’Connor (neck), Chris Moore (neck), Eoin O’Connor (shoulder), Paddy Kelly (head), Jack Daly (knee), Andrew Conway (knee).


URC Round 16 – Saturday, March 25

Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

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Munster Rugby Unveil Plans For Limerick Centre of Excellence



Munster Rugby have submitted a planning application to Limerick City and County Council for the development of a new sports facility in Rosbrien, Limerick.

The proposed new facility would be built primarily for Munster’s underage and development sides, and the surrounding community with local clubs, schools and community groups set to benefit.

Incorporated into the plan is an indoor full-size pitch; a state-of-the-art artificial full-size pitch and grass training pitch, both of which will be floodlit; a gym; clubhouse and administration building. The proposal also makes provision for an amenity walkway, greenspace, secure bicycle parking and limited parking.

This development is hailed as a major expansion of the sports facilities available to the grassroots game and the sporting community across the province, and it will be available for use to a wide range of clubs, schools, and organisations in the region and beyond.

The province, with a base for the elite game at the High Performance Centre in the University of Limerick, is already progressing with a Centre of Excellence in Musgrave Park with work to commence later this year, and last year partnered with Fethard Town Park in establishing a Regional Centre of Excellence.

Commenting on the exciting plans, Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan said, “We are always looking to develop our infrastructure across the province in ensuring we can develop and resource our grassroots game leading to further participation in sport.

“This is an ongoing strategic objective of ours and we believe a facility such as this, in the heartland of Limerick, will hugely benefit the local clubs and schools and ensure young people have access to world class facilities.

“The plans we are submitting will not only benefit rugby, but this development will also improve the sporting and recreational facilities available to the surrounding community and we are hopeful of a positive planning outcome.”

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Squad Update | Preparations Begin For Glasgow At Thomond



The Munster team have started preparations for our URC round 16 clash against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, March 25, at Thomond Park (5.15pm).

You can purchase a Family Pack of four tickets for €40 with adult tickets from €20 available here.

Fourth-placed Glasgow are two points and one place ahead of Munster in the URC table.

See the state of play in the race for the URC play-offs here.

There were four Munster players in action for Ireland and the Ireland U20s in Scotland at the weekend with both sides aiming to win a Grand Slam on home soil next weekend.

Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray started for the Ireland senior men as they won at Murrayfield to make it four wins from four ahead of Ireland v England in Dublin next Saturday (5pm).

Player of the Match Ruadhán Quinn and Evan O’Connell were the Munster Academy members in action for the Ireland U20s along with fellow Munster men Brian Gleeson and Danny Sheahan. Quinn scored a hat-trick of tries and Sheahan also touched down.

Their Grand Slam decider against England at Musgrave Park takes place on Sunday at 5pm with the game selling out weeks in advance.

In player news, it was confirmed last week that Malakai Fekitoa will join Benetton at the end of the season on completion of his Munster contract.

French club Oyonnax have announced the signing of Chris Farrell after the centre departed the province earlier this month.

Final Home Game Of Regular Season

Saturday, March 25

URC Round 16: Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets from €20 here

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