Sunday 25 September 2016

Munster must review pathway to senior side

David Wallace

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

'A lot of people feel quite strongly from both a club and provincial sense that players need to be playing in a quality league against their peers, week in week out. And then come into Munster'. Photo: Sportsfile
'A lot of people feel quite strongly from both a club and provincial sense that players need to be playing in a quality league against their peers, week in week out. And then come into Munster'. Photo: Sportsfile

It's time for a review of Munster Rugby after their third defeat in a row in the pool phase of the Champions Cup, writes David Wallace.

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It's long overdue that they would look at the structure from the professional to the club game. They do that with Ireland, with their ten-year reviews, when they send out questionnaires, but it's needed in Munster too.

But in terms of the club games, in terms of the B&I Cup, a lot of people feel quite strongly from both a club and provincial sense that players need to be playing in a quality league against their peers, week in week out. And then come into Munster.

They shouldn't be cotton-woolled in a gym and on a training pitch, not playing in competitive games on a regular basis. That's not how you breed good rugby players.

You need to be breeding players on the rugby pitch, aided by their work in the gym; it should never be the other way around. And I think that's a major part of the problem there at the moment.

It's an issue throughout the IRFU at present; the Ulster Bank League isn't getting the focus it deserves, and maybe the professional game is suffering.

Irish Independent

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