Cusack insists Munster clubs can compete in the top tier
Young Munster president Tony Cusack says new head coach Anthony Mathison is a massive addition to his side ahead of the big kick-off in the Ulster Bank League.
The Cookies were within minutes of pulling off a major shock when they brought Lansdowne to extra-time in last year's Division 1 semi-final, but they couldn't convert their dominance and since then Mathison has taken over from Ed Staunton.
"He is a highly-qualified coach and we are delighted to have him in. He is new on the Irish scene but he has got good experience in Australia. As a club, we are delighted to have Anthony with us," said Cusack.
"We didn't get over the semi-final hurdle last season but at the same time I think we represented our club and our city proudly. We had no complaints."
Munsters will be joined in 1A by city rivals Garryowen this term and Cusack said it's difficult to tell how the season will go.
"To survive in Division 1A is a very big ask, let alone qualify for the top four. It is a very competitive league, one win and you can be on top, one defeat and you can be at the bottom.
"The economic situation has dictated that there is a big attraction for the younger guys to move to Dublin, but we showed last year that the margins are small between the top teams," he said.