Peter O'Mahony's negotiations 'ongoing'
He may have put on a brave face but the disappointment and frustration was etched across Anthony Foley's face as he attempted explain the reasoning behind JJ Hanrahan's decision to join Northampton at the end of the season.
"It's not nice in this environment to lose a player who has been through the schools and Academy system and then goes somewhere else," Foley conceded.
"I'm not being flippant about it, it's not something we like to happen but in this case it has. I can't and other people can't make decisions for people.
"The last seven games he started five and was off the bench twice. He has played 15 for us which is another pivotal role. He has played at 12 which is a pivotal role as well.
"What number he has on his back should be irrelevant, it's a pity he doesn't feel that way. Unfortunately, he didn't feel like sitting in the shadows for us and playing number two."
Foley's positive spin on a scenario that doesn't bode all that well for the province was that Ian Keatley has signed up for another two years.
In the plethora of contract extensions that were announced on Wednesday, one noticeable absentee was captain Peter O'Mahony but Foley insisted that negotiations are ongoing.
"When stuff gets done there will be a press release and it'll be out in the public domain but you don't do that work in the public domain, you do it behind closed doors where it's done properly," Foley said.
"It's very hard for me to sit down and tell you what stage it's at. But he's in conversations with the IRFU around his contract."
Foley refused to comment on speculation linking Munster with Australian international Rob Horne but the Irish Independent understands that talks have taken place with the out-half while a deal has not yet been reached.