Munster 0-15 Wasps – Photo report

19 08 2011

In their first pre-season game, Munster welcomed Wasps to Musgrave park. Wasps were the deserved winners scoring two tries on the night. The weather held off to produce a lovely evening in Cork, Everyone delighted to have some live rugby to watch! Click on the thumbnails to view the photos below:

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New Munster kit 2011/2012

13 07 2011

Munster rugby launched their new home, away and training jerseys for next season today. In a return to a much more traditional plain design, the jersey is red with navy trim and does not sport the two stars that many were dreading indicating the number of time you have won the Heineken Cup.

Munster 2011/12 Home kit

The away jersey is white with stripes that represent the six counties of Munster, again pretty simple.

Munster away 2011/12

My personal favorite is the navy training jersey

Munster 2011/12 Training

Finally from the below YouTube video I noticed that the home jersey has the county names embossed across the front… looking forward to seeing this in person. I like the whole range, back to something simpler and more traditional. Let me know in the comments what you think?

County names embossed across the front of the new home jersey

Jerseys are now available for pre-order from the Munster Store





Bóthar – Golf with Stars

9 07 2011
Some of the stars that you can play alongside

Some of the stars that you can play alongside

Golf With Stars At the K Club

For Bóthar

Golf with Stars (GWS) is a fundraising event which is held annually for the development aid agency, Bóthar. This year Golf with Stars will be taking place in the famed and illustrious surroundings of the K Club Co. Kildare, previous hosts of not just the European Open but also the Ryder Cup.

Golf with Stars gives you (and 2 friends) a chance to tee off with some of Irelands sporting legends and to play on one of the most prestigious golf courses in the World. Amongst those already confirmed to take part include rugby stars Tommy Bowe (Ireland, Ospreys), Tomás O’Leary (Ireland, Munster), Frankie Sheahan (Munster, Ireland), Mick Galway (Munster, Ireland) and Anthony Foley (Munster, Ireland), and 10 times Irish Champion jockey Charlie Swan.

Entries to the Golf With Stars draw can be purchased online at golfwithstars.com. Tickets cost €20 for one entry. Three entries cost €50 or seven cost €100.

Draw entries will be accepted from 12th May 2011 to midday July 8th 2011, winners will be notified by email. The event will take place at the K Club in Kildare on Saturday 16th July. Not only will winners play with one of the stars but teams will also be treated to a gourmet BBQ cooked at the K Club by celebrity chef Neven Maguire.

Tommy Bowe, a long time supporter of Bóthar and regular with Golf with Stars said “Most of us who have signed up to take part in Golf with Stars would consider ourselves to be able golfers who enjoy a round or two. But, every year we get to meet new and very talented golfers and more often than not they show us a thing or two about how it’s done on the golf course! I hope Bóthar supporters will register at golfwithstars.com to be in with chance to participate in Golf with Stars 2011”.

All funds raised for Golf With Stars will go towards supporting the charity’s projects across 35 developing world countries. Bóthar enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way.

www.golfwithstars.com
www.bothar.ie





This is the Magners League Final, not a homecoming for the Heineken Cup.

27 05 2011

The view from the South…

To look at this match on paper alone you would have to fancy Munster, in reality this game is going to be tight affair. Munster who had a record-haul of 83 points from the league campaign, the best defense in the league, the best attack in the league, lining out against the Heineken Cup heroes, Leinster.
Munster have only lost three games in the Magners League all season, have won all their home games, yet the bitter taste of being knocked out at the pool stages of the Heineken Cup is what this season will be remembered for by most.
Leinster are riding the crest of a wave after the second-half heroics in Cardiff last weekend. Munster need to watch that first half and take note of the pace that Northampton played at, starving Leinster of possession. Leinster’s big disadvantage is that last Saturday would have taken a lot out of them. Munster need to capitalize on this in the second half when Leinster could struggle.

Head to Head: Big match-ups all over the park, yet again its the match-up between ROG and ‘golden boy’ Jonny Sexton that will take most of the attention. But for me the real match-ups are going to be in the front and back rows. Can the Munster scrum put Leinster under the same pressure that Saints did last weekend?
This is a golden opportunity for some of the fringe-players in the Ireland squad to step up and claim a spot for the World Cup in September, players like Felix Jones and Conor Murray have a golden opportunity to impress Declan Kidney, who will watch most of this game through the cracks in his fingers no doubt! Both teams are due to be announced on Friday lunchtime.

Weather: If the forecast is correct (wet) the game will probably suit ROG kicking for the corners, if it’s dry, Sextons running game could hurt us.

Prediction: If Munster can stay in touch with Leinster over 60mins I can see them winning by a score once all the West-Coast-Cooler celebrations from last weekend catch up with the Leinster boys!

Originally written for thescore.ie




David Wallace Q&A: Cats, Dogs and Peter Stringer

5 05 2011

Pedigree Adoption Drive Launched by David Wallace

Now in its fourth year, the Pedigree Adoption Drive continues to raise awareness of animal welfare and encourage Irish dog lovers to adopt a dog from their local shelter or welfare organisation. For every pack of Pedigree dogfood bought, during the Pedigree Adoption Drive, a donation goes to help Irish dogs. Pedigree plans to match last year’s achievements by donating €100,000 to Irish dog charities.

According to Ireland’s leading animal welfare organisations, there has never been a greater need for donations with many shelters struggling to cope with the demand for their services since the onset of the recession. The Irish Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is reporting that calls to the charity tripled from 5,500 in 2008 to 15,000 in 2010, and this trend has continued into 2011.

Speaking about the campaign, David Wallace said “This is a really worthy cause. We have lots of dogs running around our house so I understand the fantastic role they can play in someone’s life. Supporting the Pedigree Adoption Drive not only means shelters receive much needed funds to give these animals the help they need, but adopting a pet will bring an adoring and loving companion into your life – something you just can’t put a price on.”

Also, for every new Facebook fan, Pedigree will donate a bowl of dog food to a re-homing centre – so  how about becoming a fan of the following page www.facebook.com/pedigreeadoptiondrive





ninetyninecall – Munster Training in CIT, photo report

21 04 2011


Munster rugby held an open training session in Cork Institute of Technology in the glorious sunshine, as you can see above Paul O’Connell took some part, also Tomas O’Leary took full part… All pics below…





ninetyninecall – Interview with Keith Wood

31 03 2011

 

I had the opportunity to have a chat to Munster, Ireland & Lions legend, Keith Wood….

Conor Buckley: Looking forward to the big game between Munster and Leinster this weekend Keith?

Keith Wood: It’s obviously a huge game for Munster considering they have lost the last 5 in a row, Munster are really proud, they haven’t lost at home this season, I don’t think they’ll want to let that happen. It all depends exactly how they have got over the 6-Nations. It’s a really big game for Leinster, and a huge game the following week against Leicester, so it’s an awful lot of pressure on them to perform. Leinster are probably favorites but it’s very hard to call!

CB: In the Magners league there is the exciting prospect of three Irish teams making it into the knockout stages. In your opinion does this indicate that Irish rugby is stronger than ever?

KW: You know I think the four provinces have concentrated on on the Magners League to ensure they have a level of contingency for the whole year – they haven’t just targeted the Heineken Cup, they have gone after both, and I think that’s a sign of maturity. Previously they would have only focused on the Heineken Cup now they have the strength and depth in the squads to cover both. Delighted for Ulster, they have had a hard time in the last two years, haven’t really achieved what they would have liked to have, and to be in a quarter-final of the Heineken Cup along with being in the top 3 of the Magners League at the moment is a great achievement.

CB: There has been some bad news for fellow hooker and Munster player Jerry Flannery after it was announced he will not play for the rest of this season, and is to undergo further surgery on his injured calf.

KW: Yeah it’s a shocker. I know what it’s like, I had years when you kept trying to come back from different injuries and nothing was really happening. The killer for Jerry is that nobody seems to know what the hell is wrong, hopefully this exploratory surgery figures out exactly what it is and he gets back to play, in many ways it’s the last roll of the dice to get back for the World Cup and I’d just like to wish him well.

CB: OK Keith, I’m gonna put you on the spot, whats your prediction for this weekend, Munster v Leinster?

KW: You can put me on the spot but I’m going to sit on the fence! I don’t know, the games immediately after the 6-Nations are the hardest games to call… Sure we’ll go for a Munster win, it’s time for them to break their duck.

Keith Wood was speaking at the launch of Bushmills Brothers in Belfast yesterday were an 18 square foot piece of street art was revealed on Great Victoria Street depicting Keith with his good friend current Ireland International rugby player Rory Best. The Bushmills Brothers campaign draws upon the spirit of friendship and celebrates the experiences and stories that men share. The fantastic street art featuring Keith and Rory sum up the best of BUSHMILLS, namely genuine friends hanging out together and enjoying award winning Irish whiskey.

Look out for my interview with Rory Best next week, previewing the huge Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

Original article written for therugbyblog.co.uk








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