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I THINK that this year can be a big year for Munster and we have the chance now to really show what we’re made of. We’re in good shape in the PRO12 at the moment and we are in control of our own fate.
Everyone wants to finish at the top of the table but as long as you get yourselves in those top- four spots then you give the team a real chance. Anything can happen once you get into that knockout phase so we just have to make sure we stay in those places.
I’m not as worried as some about the situation in Europe because from our point of view we were always going to have to go away and beat Saracens. Regardless of results in other matches that was always our goal so there are some defining moments coming up.
I think if you look at our squad then you can see that we have the tools to cause any team problems. And then you factor into that how good the Munster fans are and you can see that all the qualities are here for us to do well. Munster fans are renowned around the world for being the 16th man and certainly as players that is something that we definitely acknowledge.
It’s great to have them. Especially in home games at Thomond Park, it’s great when they kick in. It’s a very difficult thing to describe to someone because it is just something that you have to experience. I think you have to either be in the crowd or be one of the lucky ones out on the pitch to really get a feel for what it’s like.
It’s a huge year for Munster but it’s impossible to ignore what a big year it is going to be for Ireland as well. The Irish team has had a great level of success over the last year or two and that is something that we want to maintain.
With Joe Schmidt at the helm and what he has accomplished you can see that there is a confidence around the camp. It’s a highly competitive environment and there are a lot of guys vying for places and wanting to be in there.
It’s a massively exciting time with the World Cup coming up but I think the focus for us is to concentrate of winning the PRO12 and winning in Europe and then we’ll let the rest take care of itself.