Season 14/15

Munster A claim series win over Ulster Ravens with plenty of fresh faces on show at Naas (April 2015)

Munster A claim series win over Ulster Ravens with plenty of fresh faces on show at Naas (April 2015)

Originally posted on WTView: Observations of a Munster Rugby Supporter:
Update: May 2017: It’s just over 2 years since Tyler made his debut on a Munster A team also featuring Niall, Darren, Jack, Conor Oliver, Alex, Peter and Dan who have all contributed to the senior team this season.  It is worth checking out the video…

Storm Donncha: 241 (caps) not out (as of Feb 2014)

Storm Donncha: 241 (caps) not out (as of Feb 2014)

Originally posted on WTView: Observations of a Munster Rugby Supporter:
A youthful DOC, taken at RWC 2003 Storm Darwin hit Ireland this week, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake and many people counting the cost, especially in Munster.  My sympathies to all affected.  That storm could have been called after our hero Donncha O’Callaghan who…

#Limerick7s Special Edition – Day 1: the Pool Stages

#Limerick7s Special Edition – Day 1: the Pool Stages

Ducking but no diving, rolling out of the tackle, looking for the offload, players pitting themselves one on one, trying to wrong-foot the opposition by dummying, feinting, then accelerating through a gap, 7s is a great game for teaching awareness of space, where the ability to turn on a sixpence and change the point of attack can yield great dividends.  Running good support […]

Paulie Unplugged

Paulie Unplugged

It was fantastic to secure one of the 130 tickets available for a Q&A with Paul O’Connell organised by the MRSC.  Several times Paul referred to “values” and his own values shone through as he chatted openly about his pre-season, the decision to move to Toulon, and his preparations for the world cup before answering questions posed by […]

Looking forward / Virtual becomes Reality

Looking forward / Virtual becomes Reality

A disappointing season finale and the poor season start with those two home defeats bookended a season of ups and downs.  We can wallow in gloom or look forward to building on our first final appearance since 2011, scoring the most tries in the Pro 12 and finishing as the best Irish team over the season.  In Europe we were pitted […]

#ThanksPaulie as Munster are “Slane” by the Glasgow Warriors

#ThanksPaulie as Munster are “Slane” by the Glasgow Warriors

Sadly there was to be no fairytale ending to the fourteen season spanning contribution of Paul O’Connell to Munster.  Maybe the emotion of the day got to the players as it had to me just reading some of the tributes to him in the papers that morning.  Maybe Glasgow had learnt a lesson from their defeat to Leinster […]

What the..???? Phew!  Munster 21 – Ospreys 18.

What the..???? Phew! Munster 21 – Ospreys 18.

The normally unflappable Nigel Owens looked confused, asking his assistants for input as he allowed play continue.  The crowd bayed for a knock-on and a chance for Munster to clear their lines.  Instead it was the Ospreys replacement prop who burst through and suddenly it looked like they would become the first away team to […]