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My job in Munster - Colm Coakley - Physiotherapist


Colm Coakley

Colm Coakley

Colm Coakley

Colm, who is from Knockraha in Co Cork, studied physiotherapy at UL, graduating in 2007.

He then worked in private practice before joining Munster. He has a keen interest in sport, and plays hurling and football with Erins Own in Cork.

Playing either wing-forward or corner-forward he captained the Erins Own hurling squad in 2014 - they recently captured the Red FM Senior Hurling League.

When did you join Munster?

In 2009. I worked with the academy for the first year after I joined Munster Rugby.

Since then I have been working with the senior squad for the last five seasons. Initially I worked as a rehab physiotherapist and now as physiotherapist.

What do you do?

I work closely with two other physiotherapists, lead physio Shea McAleer and Keith Thornhill.

As we operate out of two bases my work is mainly with the Cork-based players. I treat players on a day-to-day basis and oversee long-term injured players.

What is the best part of your job? I really enjoy working with highly motivated players and staff members, and it is extremely rewarding seeing guys make a full recovery from injury and getting back playing.

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Most memorable match?

It's actually a recent game, the Pro12 match between Munster and Leinster at the Aviva Stadium in October.

It was a great occasion and one that sticks out for me because of the performance itself and getting the first victory at the stadium was particularly memorable.

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