Foley: “Munster’s Lanzarote trip was crucial”

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster head coach Anthony Foley in pensive mood at Thomond Park this week ahead of Saturday's Guinness PRO12 final showdown with Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, 6.30pm
MUNSTER head coach, Anthony Foley believes the squads warm weather training camp in Lanzarote at the start of February played a key role in the province turning it’s season around.

MUNSTER head coach, Anthony Foley believes the squads warm weather training camp in Lanzarote at the start of February played a key role in the province turning it’s season around.

The Munster squad - minus their Ireland 6 Nations stars - spent six days in camp at La Santa following the province’s bitterly disappointing exit from the group stages of the European Champions Cup.

Foley said the benefits gained from the warm weather training camp in the Canaries had been key in transforming the province’s fortunes through the second half of the season.

Guinness PRO12 finalists Munster will be looking to win the trophy for the first time since 2011 when they lock horns with Glasgow at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast this Saturday, 6.30pm.

Foley said: “I put in a request well before that because in previous years when we looked at our run-in, our run-in has been poor in the League due to a number of circumstances.

“In 2011, we had a warm weather camp after not making it through the pool stages of the Heineken Cup.

“This year, We went off to La Santa (Lanzarote). We were at a low ebb obviously. Sale had given us a bit of a jolt, but over there we started to get a better understanding of what we were looking for.

“We got good conversations going, good meetings, good togetherness and from there I think Ospreys were the only team to beat us since then.”

“I won’t put it all down to being over in La Santa but it really did help and since then the likes of Denis Hurley has really emerged as a leader over in La Santa.

“Denis has captained the side since then. He’s shown a lot of character. Obviously he’s one of the few guys left with a Heineken Cup medal and he doesn’t go around beating his chest about it, but when he speaks everybody listens, and that’s always a good thing.”