HE may no longer share the team sheet with them, but former Munster and Ireland player Denis Leamy is feeling positive about today’s Heineken Cup semi-final against French reigning champions, ASM Clermont Auvergne.
The retired international, proudly wearing his red jersey as a fan today, told the Irish Independent that if coach Rob Penney’s squad can get off to a strong start this evening, we should be looking at an Irish team in the final at the Aviva Stadium.
“I think it’s going to be a very difficult day with the conditions, but I think if Munster put in the performance we know they can, it’ll be red all the way,” said the Tipperary man.
Leamy was among thousands of Red Army supporters mingling in the Montpellier city centre earlier today.
The Irish Independent also spotted Mary Quinlan, mother of ex-player Alan Quinlan, as well as the parents of Donnacha O’Callaghan and Marcus Horan.
Despite the pouring rain, fans got into the rugby spirit by singing ‘The Fields of Athenry’ or chanting ‘Stand Up and Fight’ at passing Clermont crowds, dressed in an array of quirky blue and yellow outfits.
One family watching on were Mary and Dan Hickey from Co Clare, who have brought their 17-month-old daughter Siun to see Munster battle do get one step closer to a European title and some silverware.
The Hickeys met at the Rugby World Cup in 2007 and married a couple of years later.