Monday 24 October 2016

Foley: We're ready for marathon

John Fallon

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Munster head coach Anthony Foley
Munster head coach Anthony Foley

Munster will regroup next week to embark on a marathon run of 16 games in a row as Anthony Foley's men bid for glory on two fronts.

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The campaign so far has been disrupted by the World Cup but there will be no shortage of action from next weekend, with games every week until the end of January.

Munster will go into that extensive block of games on a high after winning their opening three matches in the Guinness Pro12.

"We have given ourselves a platform to build on and we know we can improve. It will be hectic but we have prepared for it," said Foley.

The wins over Treviso, Ospreys and champions Glasgow Warriors leave Munster tied at the top of the Pro12 table on 12 points with Scarlets and Edinburgh.

The squad will start out next week on an unprecedented heavy schedule which will see them play every weekend until the end of January when there will be a break for one weekend before embarking on another block of four games.

Nine of the 16 games will be away from home, with four more matches in the Pro12 before the start of the Champions Cup next month.

Munster will host Cardiff Blues tomorrow week in Irish Independent Park before travelling to Llanelli the following week.

The first of the Irish derbies follows at home to Ulster and there will be a trip to Edinburgh before Foley's men begin their Champions Cup campaign at home to Treviso, with a trip to Stade Francais the following week.

It's back to Pro12 action after that for two more rounds, initially at home to Connacht and then away the Dragons, before the December back-to-back Champions Cup games against Leicester Tigers.

Irish derbies will follow over Christmas at home to Leinster and away to Ulster, while there will be a trip to Cardiff in January before the two remaining pool games in the Champions Cup take place at home to French champions Stade Francais and away to Treviso.

The marathon run of 16 games will conclude at the end of January with a second weekend in succession in Italy when they play Zebre.

"It's going to be very busy but we are looking forward to it," added Foley.

Irish Independent

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