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In brief: Bryce Cavanagh Munster's new strength and conditioning coach

Munster's preparations for next season are already well under way with the news that Bryce Cavanagh will take over as strength and conditioning coach.

The Australian native, who should be officially confirmed next month, joins the province from AFL outfit Sydney Swans, where he held a similar role. He will replace Paul Darbyshire.

Meanwhile, Sebastien Chabal, Yannick Jauzion and Clement Poitrenaud were all left out of France's provisional 32-man World Cup squad.


Ken Egan was beaten 15-12 by German light-heavyweight Tyron Zeuge as Germany edged out Ireland 5-4 in a round robin in Cottbuss, Germany, last night.

Michael McDonagh beat Tom Tran 5-0, but Tyrone McCullagh, Mike McDonagh and 2008 World Youth champ Ray Moylette lost out.

Willie McLaughlin, Darren O'Neill and Con Sheehan recorded victories to leave the tie it at 4-4, but Eric Pfiefer beat Cathal McMonagle to secure a 5-4 win.

The Irish squad are taking part in a round robin with two Germany squads and Britain. Ireland meet Germany again on Friday and Britain on Sunday.

Meanwhile, John Stokes and David Kennedy secured at least a bronze medal each at the President's Cup in Baku, Azerbaijain, with quarter-final wins yesterday.

Irish Independent