SCRUM-HALF Conor Murray is hoping Peter Stringer’s inside knowledge of Saracens can provide Munster with a vital edge ahead of their high stakes Heineken Cup pool clash at Thomond Park this Saturday (6pm).
Munster trail English giants Saracens by three points in Pool 1 ahead of the first of their back-to-back clashes this weekend.
Double Heineken Cup medal winner Peter Stringer spent three months with Saracens last season on loan from Munster, making four appearances for the Vicarage Road side in the Heineken Cup.
Back with Munster once again, Stringer may well be able to provide valuable information in the province’s bid to claim Sarries scalp this weekend.
Conor Murray said: “I have had a few chats with Strings on the Saracens game plan and the way they like to play. We are very lucky that he spent some time over there and he knows the lads over there as well.
“He has given his input this week, stressing a few bits and pieces. While we will look at them we are trying to mostly focus on our own performance.
“Obviously, we were very close to that against Glasgow at the weekend, but we know we have to tidy up on a few areas and we should be ok.”
Munster have been dealt another back-row injury blow ahead of Saturday with confirmation that recently signed South African flanker CJ Stander will be out of action until January after breaking a bone in his right hand at the weekend. Stander suffered the injury during a Man-of-the-Match full debut display against Glasgow in the PRO12.
Stander joins fellow back-rowers Niall Ronan, Sean Dougall and Tommy O’Donnell on the sidelines for Saturday’s mammoth Round 3 Heineken Cup tie.
James Coughlan, who has returned from a groin injury sooner than expected, has been added to the province’s Heineken Cup squad. Ivan Dineen, who was registered in place of Coughlan back in September, is now de-registered as per competition rules.
Munster’s back row injury problems could well result in coach Rob Penney opting to select a back-row combination of Dave O’Callaghan, Peter O’Mahony and James Coughlan this weekend. There is still no update on when second-row Paul O’Connell might be fit to return to action .
Scrum-half Murray, who missed the weekend PRO12 win over Glasgow, has declared himself fully-fit for Saturday’s big Anglo-Irish clash, however.
It was only a small thing. It stemmed from the game last season against France in the Six Nations when I hurt my knee,” Murray revealed.
“I had a bit of a tear there. I suppose with the amount of games I have been playing, it cropped up again and I aggravated that injury.
“Having last week off did it no harm at all. It is relaxed again and feels good. I came through my first session there and it feels good.”