UL base 'on track' for new campaign
Munster Rugby CEO Garrett Fitzgerald has confirmed that the province's new training base at UL will be ready to welcome the Munster squad for training from August 1.
Construction for the €9.5m facility began early last September and despite poor weather delaying the project by a month, the province's base is nearing completion and will be ready for the players and coaches before the start of next season.
The new facility will be a big change for everyone involved in the province, with professional players moving from their previous bases in Cork to set down new roots in Limerick, but he benefits for new Director of Rugby Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus are expected to be extensive.
Pre-season training will begin for the players on July 1 and after the early fitness and strength and conditioning work is completed, the squad will come together at the new facility to iron our their preparations.
"Yes, it should be ready in August," said Fitzgerald. "Pre-season training starts on July 1, but there's plenty of other facilities there to accommodate it.
"It's fully on track. They probably lost four or six weeks during the winter with the extreme weather but there's nothing at all to worry about."
As well as cutting-edge training facilities for the senior and academy squads, the new base will include weights rooms, medical and physiotherapy treatment rooms, offices, audio visual suites, meeting rooms and a 50-seater lecture theatre.