Munster resume Pro12 action with Ospreys clash

Colm Kinsella


Colm Kinsella

Munster resume Pro12 action with Ospreys clash

Munster coach Anthony Foley

MUNSTER resume action in the Guinness Pro12 this Sunday when Ospreys visit Musgrave Park for a key fixture, 5pm.

The Valentine’s Day fixture is the second of seven games Munster will face without their frontline Irish internationals who are on 6 Nations duty.

Following this weekend’s clash, Munster face away dates against both Glasgow and Treviso, before hosting the Dragons at Thomond Park on Saturday, March 5.

Sixth-placed Munster are currently involved in a fierce battle for top four places in the Pro12.

Munster are currently three points off Leinster who occupy the fourth and final play-off position. Anthony Foley’s men have 10 games to play in the regular season.

Munster lie seven points clear of seventh-placed Ospreys ahead of Sunday’s clash in Cork.

Meanwhile, Munster have confirmed the signing of exciting Ulster centre Sam Arnold on a two-year deal.

Nineteen-year-old English native Arnold has played 11 times for Ulster and made his Champions Cup debut against Oyannax in January.

Ballynahinch clubman Arnold made his PRO12 debut as an 18-year-old against Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade in March 2015 and completed the season as Ulster Rugby's Academy Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, hooker Duncan Casey is the latest in a line of home-grown talent to secure their future with Munster after signing a two-year contract extension

The 25-year-old has made 40 appearances for Munster, scoring five tries.

The Shannon clubman is currently rehabbing a pectoral muscle injury and is on course for a return to action in April.

Academy lock Sean McCarthy will advance to the senior squad next season.