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Poolman fired up for visit of Munster

John Fallon

Published 21/12/2012 | 05:00

Danie Poolman can't wait for his first Irish derby tomorrow, and he is confident that Connacht can secure what would be only their second win over Munster in the professional era.

The 23-year-old, who missed the start of the season due to a hamstring injury, said he was aware of the rivalry between the Irish provinces when he was in South Africa.

The versatile back, who is from Pretoria and played Super 15 rugby with the Stormers, is looking forward to the Munster clash.

"Supporters have told me that the derbies here are like the Stormers playing against the Bulls or the Bulls playing against the Sharks," he said.

"The derbies in South Africa were tough, but I am looking forward to experiencing this. I can just imagine it is going to be big. I saw last year's results and they were very close and we have already beaten Leinster. In a derby anything can happen."

Poolman said Connacht want to repeat the atmosphere they had when they defeated Biarritz in the Heineken Cup.

"The first game against Biarritz was amazing, our first win over French opposition in the Heineken Cup. We want to build on that," added Poolman.

Irish Independent

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