Wednesday 21 February 2018

Munster's current crop leave voices of past in the shade

Tony Ward

Tony Ward

On Tuesday last, along with Brendan Foley and Gerry McLaughlin, I was in Thomond Park for the launch of TG4's 'Thomond, the Documentary'.

Shane Tobin's fascinating programme will trace the development of the iconic stadium over the past 60-plus years with nostalgic footage enhanced by the input of lifelong fans Frankie Prendergast, Vinnie Ryan and Gerry Moore.

This documentary, which captures the synergy between players and supporters, will air on TG4 tomorrow night at 9.30, with a repeat on Monday evening at 7.30.

And, as is regularly the case at such an auspicious gathering, comparisons were drawn between the Munster of the '70s and Munster of more recent times.

It is a futile exercise but when it comes to musical talent – and I am thinking of Barry Murphy (whose tries against Sale and the All Blacks in 2008 feature strongly) and Damien Varley (stunning performance on the 'Saturday Night Show' with Brendan O'Connor last weekend) – modern Munster leave the class of '78 for dead!

Irish Independent

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