Munster Rugby to rotate squad in new Rainbow Cup

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Munster Rugby to rotate squad in new Rainbow Cup

Munster Rugby head coach Johann van Graan left, and injured captain Peter O'Mahony pictured at Thomond Park on Saturday

MUNSTER Rugby head coach Johann van Graan said the province will rotate their playing squad during the upcoming Rainbow Cup competition which kicks-off later this month.

Munster will look to salvage something from their season in the new competition which begins for the province with an April 24 meeting with arch rivals Leinster in Dublin.

Johann van Graan's charges are still smarting from their 40-33 Heineken Champions Cup last 16 defeat to Toulouse at Thomond Park.

That reverse came just a week after Munster had suffered a disappointing Guinness PRO14 final defeat to Leinster at the RDS.

Johann van Graan said of the Rainbow Cup: "We are going to keep using our squad. We have used 53 players this season. We had two massive games in two weeks, going back to the Benetton game, we played a totally different team. We will definitely rotate our squad in the Rainbow Cup, we will look forward to that now.”

He added: “I just need some time to reflect on the two competitions that we’ve just played in. We played a final and you lose a final and then you play a knockout game so we’ll take our time. We’ll review the season in the two main competitions. 

“Very happy that we won our pool in the PRO14 and very disappointed that we didn’t win the final so as an organisation as you put it we’re going to review the season and then look at the Rainbow Cup in isolation.”