Wednesday 7 December 2016

Umaga: Munster our 'toughest' test

Nigel Whittaker

Published 11/11/2016 | 02:30

All Black legend and New Zealand Maori assistant coach Tana Umaga. Photo: Getty
All Black legend and New Zealand Maori assistant coach Tana Umaga. Photo: Getty

All Black legend and New Zealand Maori assistant coach Tana Umaga expects a passionate Munster to provide their most difficult test on tour at Thomond Park this evening.

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The Maori hammered USA Eagles 54-7 in Chicago last weekend and play Harlequins next Thursday. But Munster have a great record against touring sides, including victories over the All Blacks and Australia and will be motivated by the memory of Anthony Foley.

The former All Black centre, who scored 36 tries in 74 caps for New Zealand, says Munster will be a massive challenge in a sold-out Thomond Park this evening.

"We see how Munster have been playing recently. We know that they are going to be passionate and will give everything they can," said Umaga. "We have been walking around town in the few days that we have been here, and we see the support that they get. And also with what has happened to their coach Anthony Foley, passing away, that has played a huge part in their motivation.

"With Rassie Erasmus involved recently, they have got some top-quality people in the highest places. We probably feel this will be our toughest game on tour. With my connection with Doug Howlett, Munster is a club that I have kept an eye on."

Munster (v Maori All Blacks) - A Conway; D Sweetnam, J Taute, R Scannell, R O'Mahony; I Keatley, D Williams; J Cronin, N Scannell, S Archer; J Madigan, D O'Shea; T O'Donnell (capt), C Oliver, R Copeland. Reps: R Marshall, P McCabe, B Scott, S O'Connor, J Foley, T Aihe Toma, D Goggin, A Wootton.

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