Munster’s Kilcoyne says onus on players to deliver for fans

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne pictured at a squad training session at UL this week ahead of Friday night's Guinness PRO12 clash with Zebre at Thomond Park, 7.30pm
MUNSTER prop Dave Kilcoyne admits there is a huge onus on the players to deliver the province’s first home win of the season at Thomond Park in Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 clash with Zebre, 7.30pm.

MUNSTER prop Dave Kilcoyne admits there is a huge onus on the players to deliver the province’s first home win of the season at Thomond Park in Friday night’s Guinness PRO12 clash with Zebre, 7.30pm.

Munster slumped to their third successive home defeat in the PRO12 at the venue when Edinburgh visited Thomond Park at the start of the month.

Prop Kilcoyne is one of a number of Irish internationals who are set to get their first taste of competitive action for Munster in Friday night’s clash with the Italians.

Kilcoyne said: “There is an onus on us to give them (supporters) as much value for their money as they deserve. In fairness, they are probably the best travelling support of any team you could meet.

“There is a huge onus on the players to turn up week in and week out. We didn’t do it against Edinburgh.

“We did rectify it against Treviso, but that wasn’t a home game. There is a big onus on us to give them the first home win of the season.

“It is obviously very frustrating. You have fans coming, who are paying week in and week out to see us play. The last thing you want to do is not give them value for money.”

Munster welcome back the likes of Paul O’Connell, Conor Murray and JJ Hanrahan into their squad for Friday night’s game. Winger Keith Earls is ‘another couple of weeks away’ from returning.

Munster’s new Argentinian hooker Eusebio Guinazu, is due to arrive this week.