Munster hold first training session at €9.5 million UL centre

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

Munster hold first training session at €9.5 million UL centre

THE Munster rugby squad trained in their new €9.5 million High Performance Centreat UL for the first time on Monday.

Located adjacent to the existing UL Arena, the state-of-the-art centre is now complete and incorporates cutting edge training facilities, including weight rooms, medical and physiotherapy treatment rooms, offices, audio visual suites, meeting rooms and a lecture theatre. 

The centre also houses the Greencore Munster Academy and North Munster Domestic Game operations. Munster Rugby administration and South Munster Domestic Game operations continue to be based in Cork.

Munster are preparing for their second Guinness Pro12 fixture of the season against Cardiff Blues at Musgrave Park on Friday, 7.35pm, following their excellent opening weekend away win over the Scarlets.

Utility back Simon Zebo and hooker Kevin O'Byrne have emerged as the only injury concerns after the 13-23 win in Wales. Zebo and O'Byrne are both undergoing scans on Monday to assess the full extent of their respective rib and elbow complaints.

Undergoing a scan for a neck injury last week, Stephen Archer will continue to be monitored my medial staff for the next two to three weeks.

There was better news for Alex Wotton (hyperextension of knee) and David Johnston (ankle), both of whom took a full part in training on Monday.

Meanwhile, following the return of internationals Dave Kilcoyne and Donnacha Ryan against Scarlets, Erasmus confirmed that CJ Stander is the next international in line for a return to provincial action. The number 8 will be available for selection this weekend.

Erasmus will name his side to face Cardiff Blues at midday on Thursday.