As the Munster assembled in Cork yesterday to assess the damage from the defeat to Edinburgh, there was good news at least as Mike Sherry who had to retire injured in Friday’s game in Scotland took a full part in training today in the University of Limerick.
The hooker is now expected to be named in the squad when it’s announced today after training in Cork while Doug Howlett and Marcus Horan are also expected to be in that extended squad.
However James Coughlan (neck) and Darragh Hurley (achilles) will be involved in this weekend’s game but should both be back when the League resumes later this month.
Despite being without 16 players, including 12 full international, between the RWC and injury a win for Munster Saturday will leave them on top of the table ahead of break.
Despite being disappointed with the defeat last weekend, Tony McGahan, speaking to the Munster rugby website, was remaining positive.”I think we’re in a stable position at this point in time. We’re four on one, we’re second in the table. It’s evidence that the competition is so close at this juncture with all clubs missing a number of players through injury or World Cup selection.
“So everyone’s taking points off each other, it hasn’t been kept to a closed shop every side’s winning. Ospreys are top of the table and deservedly so. But it’s a very evenly contested competition.”
Explaining the 10 changes for Edinburgh game he continued, saying. “We’ve a squad of players here who’ve been training extremely hard over a long period of time. We had three trial games then six RaboDirect PRO12 League games, that’s a nine game block to get through. So we needed to make sure there was a lot of competition in the squad first off and that’s certainly been there.
“At the same time, we needed to make sure we were fresh and still running finishing off the six game block, rather than fading over the same period of time. So in terms of last weekend it was an opportunity for some players and also a chance to rest others and in turn have things right for what is a very important clash on Saturday night.”