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Munster are preparing for a Champions Cup quarter-final against European holders Toulouse without a trio of regulars, according to their injury report.
Most concerning is the neck injury to prop Dave Kilcoyne, which is likely to need surgery that would end the long-serving loosehead’s season.
Stuck in rehab
But lock Tadhg Beirne and wing Andrew Conway are also set to miss the clash on May 7, both still suffering from injuries picked up against Scotland on Six Nations duty. Neither have played for Munster since January 23.
“At this stage, they’re still busy with their rehab, and training hard, so we’ll have to wait and see in that week,” said defence coach JP Ferreira.
“Currently, it’s still the same, we go ahead as if they’re not going to be available. If they are available, then excellent, but we’ll wait on our medics next week to see who is available. We’ll wait on next week and see if they’re available or not, but at the moment they’re not.”
But while the short-term prospects for Munster are a little glum, the longer-term prospects are brightening considerably. With Graham Rowntree now confirmed as the next head coach, he has begun the process of appointing his staff.
And his first move could be to bring back one of the province’s most revered back-row names of the professional era, Denis Leamy.
Leamy has been working as skills coach at Leinster for the past season, prior to which he served as a strength and conditioning coach for the all-Ireland Hurling Championship-winning Tipperary team, but is now in the mix to replace Ferreira as defence coach, with the latter leaving along with current head coach Johann van Graan.
There are further rumours that another former Munsterman, Mike Prendergast, currently Racing 92’s backs coach, could also join as backs and attacking coach.
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