Tuesday 6 December 2016

Munster's new €9.5m training centre on course to be open next season

John Fallon

Published 15/01/2016 | 02:30

Tomas O’Leary, Mike Sherry and Rory Scannell take a drink during Munster training in Limerick on Tuesday. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Tomas O’Leary, Mike Sherry and Rory Scannell take a drink during Munster training in Limerick on Tuesday. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster may be in a period of transition on the field at the moment and off it there will be a big change coming down the tracks with confirmation that the new training centre in Limerick will be up and running for the start of next season.

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CEO Garret Fitzgerald has confirmed that the €9.5m training centre at University of Limerick will be in operation for next season.

Anthony Foley's men may be out of contention for this season's Champions Cup but it is hoped the move to a single base after two decades of operating twin centres in Cork and Limerick will be the start of a new era for Munster.

The full Munster squad and team management will operate from the new training centre, which will be located adjacent to the existing UL Arena at UL.

The new facility will include weight rooms, medical and physiotherapy treatment rooms, offices, audio visual suites, meeting rooms and a 50-seater lecture theatre.

The centre will also house the Greencore Munster Academy and North Munster Domestic game operations, while Munster Rugby administration and South Munster Domestic Game operations will continue to be based in Cork.

"It is under construction and it is due for completion around next August. The weather of the last two months may add some weeks to its completion, we don't know that, but we get a monthly report on it," said the Munster CEO.

Fitzgerald said that the new centre would cater for all levels of rugby and not just the professional team, but that facilities would remain throughout the province to continue to cater for age-grade rugby.

"The centre will be available to all Munster teams but the realistic part of it is some of the regional kids who are 18-19 they can't travel on an ongoing basis, but it is a centre for rugby in the province and will be available to all those teams if they want it.

"It was always envisaged that that was going to happen and that will continue to be the case as it is at the moment, a centre for guys in Tralee, one in Waterford, one in Tipperary. There will continue to be a centre for younger players in Cork and for others if required," added Fitzgerald.

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