Monday 5 December 2016

Home-grown talent coming forward again

David Wallace

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

Munster’s Dave Foley wins possession in a line-out against Glasgow. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster’s Dave Foley wins possession in a line-out against Glasgow. Photo: Sportsfile

A really encouraging aspect of the weekend was 22 of the 23 Munster players that played against Glasgow were born in Ireland, writes David Wallace.

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It says a lot about the team, and Billy Holland mentioned that after the game, and that was why it was hurting a bit more. But all of a sudden there really is a big home-grown contingent back in this Munster squad.

That was a real strength for us when we came through the ranks back in my time. Guys knew each other really well, they had gone through the system together and knew each other's games.

But not only that, we knew each other's personalities. Guys had the support of their family and friends, and there was a really family feeling about the squad and the province.

That means an awful lot to players and it's one of the main reasons Munster have been successful through the years. There's an awful lot to be said for it; there is less anonymity.

There is more pressure on the players as a group. You are representing the place where you grew up, and you know the fans. It is a big factor and something that this Munster group should tap into. The signs are definitely good.

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