Friday 18 August 2017

Munster must review pathway to senior side

'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

David Wallace

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.

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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