Friday 19 January 2018

Conway: Let's continue unbeaten interpro run

Joey Conway has never been beaten at provincial level
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We catch up with Munster Combined U-20 and Development Squad player Joey Conway, who along with a number of his Munster colleagues has been undefeated at provincial level to date.

Claiming interprovincial honours at U-19s and U-18 Schools level, the loosehead prop, is going into his third series of interprovincial rugby unbeaten.

The Stage II coaching course was attended by 30 coaches
The Stage II coaching course was attended by 30 coaches

"I have been lucky enough to have been part of two winning sides," he says. "I haven't lost in a Munster shirt yet so hopefully the good run will continue."

As part of a new initiative, the Castleconnell man has trained throughout the summer alongside the Munster Academy squad at LIT and CIT, in a five-week Talent Camp programme.

Combining an intense gym training plan, on pitch skills sessions, educational modules and a series of nutritional talks, Conway said working with the Academy players has been a huge benefit to the squad.

"In comparison to previous years the competition is definitely a lot more intense. This year, working with the Academy Squad, the standard in terms of preparations has gone through the roof."

This is Conway's second season working under Colm McMahon at interprovincial level. McMahon has also been overseeing the Munster 1-2-3 scrum programme which Conway said has been very beneficial for his role at loosehead.

"The programme started three years ago on a Monday night. We'd go through position specific techniques - the front row working on scrum height and basically making sure you were getting the basics of scrummaging right and getting into good habits," he explained.

"Jerry Flannery has also been on hand to help us out this year and his knowledge and experience has been invaluable.

"It's been fantastic working with Colm, he is an excellent coach. He tells us when we're doing something wrong but won't hold back. If you do something right, he'll give you the encouragement to push through to be best of your ability and hopefully our interprovincial success under his reign will continue this year."

Updated course a big hit for coaches

The Munster Rugby Development Department recently hosted its first Stage II coaching course at Irish Independent Park, Cork.

This course, attended by 30 coaches, has been revamped to develop a more practical emphasis surrounding the key philosophy of general movement to accommodate youth rugby coaches (U-13 to U-16 level), and also coaches at higher levels beginning their coaching pathway.

The new curriculum also focuses on enhancing coaches' knowledge of general movement with the core content practically delivered on pitch, enhancing their knowledge on technical, tactical as well as mental and lifestyle capacities of player development.

Future courses at Stage 1 and 2 level are now open for application and details can be found on

Opening for Earls

Keith Earls was on hand wearing his Young Munster colours to announce the competition in Life Style Sports' new flagship store in Mahon Point.

Although progressing through Thomond RFC and St Munchin's College, Earls holds close ties to the Limerick club where his father, former Munster flanker Ger, played with such distinction.

Munster fans are invited to visit to nominate their school or club to be in with a chance to be represented on the pitch by the squad on Friday, November 11 when Munster welcome the Maori All Blacks to Thomond Park.

Schools and clubs from around the province will have their colours represented across the squad with specially commissioned adidas socks made for the historic encounter.

Winning entrants will also enjoy the full match-day experience with match-tickets, a stadium tour and the opportunity to lay socks out for the players in the Munster dressing-room before kick-off.

The competition is one of a number of initiatives being rolled out by Munster, adidas and Life Style Sports as part of their season-long #MunsterRising campaign, which aims to bring the fan experience to life through a series of digital and match-day activations.

To join the conversation, follow @adidasrugby @lifestylesports @munsterrugby and #MunsterRising

Camps a success

The Bank of Ireland Munster Rugby Summer Camps came to an end last Friday following eight weeks of fun rugby activities throughout all six Munster counties in a total of 20 venues.

Throughout the summer Munster players took the time during their pre-season training to visit each camp.

As part of Munster's ongoing recruitment campaign at age grade level, the professionals encouraged the boys and girls to continue developing the skills they have learned over the summer at their local clubs.

Community rugby manager Damon Urlich said: "Children who participated in the camps got the chance to make new friends, learn more about rugby values such as team work, respect and integrity, while also becoming more aware of the importance of physical fitness.

"First and foremost it was about fun, the kids came along had a good experience and overall the programme was a great success."

Munster would like to thank all the boys and girls that took part.

Irish Independent

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