The returned JJ Hanrahan has joined up with Munster to begin pre-season
THE Munster squad began pre-season training at UL this week with the newest recruits, senior players, academy players and club representatives in attendance.
A reduced squad reported for preseason week one with the eight Ireland representatives on the recent tour of the USA and Japan, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Jack O’Donoghue, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo, now on their month off.
Similarly, Munster’s Ireland U20s representatives will not return to the academy and preseason programme for a number of weeks.
The five recently promoted academy players, Stephen Fitzgerald, Dan Goggin, Bill Johnston, Conor Oliver and Brian Scot, joined the incoming trio of Chris Farrell, JJ Hanrahan and James Hart at the High Performance Centre in UL this week.
Young out-half Johnston has successfully rehabbed a fibula injury sustained at the end of March to take his place in the training lineup.
In boosting the numbers, club players Ronan Coffey (Shannon), James Kendrick (UCC), Max McFarland (Clontarf), James Rochford (Dolphin) and Tom Ryan (Young Munster) also reported for preseason training.
On the rehab front, Dave O’Callaghan underwent an operation on his ACL over the June break following the knee injury he sustained against Treviso at the end of April, while Darren O’Shea underwent a shoulder procedure and both players will be unavailable for the opening period of the season.