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THERE have been a lot of changes at Munster this season and I guess the biggest difference is Anthony Foley taking over from Rob Penney. It’s been a smooth transition really and one that we are all really happy with.
Anthony is a Munster man and everyone knows him and what he stands for so I think him coming in has been great for the mood in the camp. His backroom-staff is all Munster-people as well and most of them have played for the club at some point in the past so that really gives us a sense of togetherness. They know what this place is about and I think it’s been great for us and for Munster Rugby.
The season itself has been good so far but obviously there have been a few ups and downs. Losing back-to- back matches to Clermont was tough to take and has maybe tarnished the season in some people’s eyes but we know what we have to do going forward. We have gone quite well in PRO12 so far and we have got a must win game away to Saracens in Europe which we know is going to be incredibly tough.
As a player you want to win all the competitions you play in and in Munster you’re not just expected to be there or there about but you are expected to go and win them all. We know how hard that is and we have it tough in Europe at the minute but we’re not out yet and I think we probably do our best work when our backs are against the wall. Of course it’s going to be tough against Sarries but we can win that match and then when you look at the PRO12 we are in the top-four which is exactly where you want to be.
On a personal level the season has been great. I picked up a knock after the November Test but it was only minor. I’ve been happy with how I’ve been going for Munster and that’s the be all for me and it’s important that I play well for Munster and whatever happens from there is just a complete bonus for me.
That bonus was having the chance to play for my country which is fantastic. It’s the top honour you can have and it was a great start for me and to get my first cap was obviously brilliant but to get a second cap was absolutely great.
I’d love to be involved in the Six Nations and I want to rack up as many caps as I can as I want to play for my country, however, that all starts here in Munster.