MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley takes his third-placed side to Galway to face Connacht on New Year’s Day looking to complete a precious inter-provincial double over the festive period.
Munster will travel to the Sportsground in confident mood for the Guinness PRO12 clash which has a 5pm kick-off after easily brushing aside Leinster’s challenge at Thomond Park on St Stephen’s Day.
Munster expect to have at least some of the quartet of Irish stars, Paul O’Connell, Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo available for selection after being rested for the Leinster tie through the IRFU player management programme.
Anthony Foley said: “Hopefully we will have a few bodies back for Connacht. We will see how fellas are. We may have three or four more fellas back in and available for selection.
“A lot of guys have put up their hands. There is a physical output out of the Leinster game. Connacht, as everyone has seen this year, are a very tough side to beat in Galway.”
Third-placed Munster trail PRO12 leaders the Ospreys by three points and are two points adrift of second-placed Glasgow at the mid-point of the season.
Coach Foley said he hoped the side would find a level of consistency which would allow them kick on through the second half of the season.
“If we can get that consistency of performance, I think we can kick on and hopefully we can get that. Our squad is growing the whole time because of fellas getting opportunities and having the ability to step in. We are a lot stronger than what we were when we came out at the start of the League and hopefully we can maintain this position.”