Sunday 18 February 2018

Holland sees real progress in squad

Billy Holland. Photo: SPORTSFILE
Billy Holland. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney

Ireland second-row Billy Holland is confident that Munster have the squad to launch a serious challenge for all three trophies still within their grasp this season.

A win tomorrow against Ulster will see the province secure a last-four spot in the Guinness Pro12 to go along with the Champions Cup semi-final they have already claimed. They meet Saracens in that clash next Saturday, and the previous night the Munster 'A' team face Jersey Reds in the B&I Cup final at Irish Independent Park.

It has the potential to be Munster's most successful season in the professional era, and Holland is confident the talent is there for the team to finish strongly.

"We train Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It's at a very high intensity and that's 40 players training every week," said Holland.

"We have a big squad. We are training hard so when guys get an opportunity to put their hand up for a semi-final against Saracens or Ulster in the Pro12 at Thomond Park there are guys chomping at the bit.

"It's a real squad effort if you want to go for trophies on three fronts, including the B&I Cup final - you need to have a good squad and currently we do.

"Three years ago we beat Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Thomond Park and seven days later we played Glasgow at home and they hammered us.

"So three years on we were in the same situation and then we were playing a desperate Glasgow team seven days later and we get a win. For us that's progression."

Irish Independent

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