With the News that Simon Zebo a home grown player from Cork will be returning to Munster for next season, we thought it a good idea to write about how Munster can get back to winning European Cups. Munster haven’t won a European cup since 2008 and after another disappointing Season for the red province of Ireland, Munster look a long way off winning one again.
Munster crashed out to Toulouse in the Champions Cup this year and were well beaten by Leinster in the Pro14 final. If you want to get odds on Leinster going all the way in Europe look no further than these popular betting sites.
Leinster are going from strength to strength throwing out players within their academies and schools system. How do Munster compete and catch up with Leinster? Yes, Leinster have a massive population and significantly more schools and clubs to pick from but where Leinster have been successful is gaining traction from outside of Dublin in the likes of Sean O’Brien from Carlow and Tadhg Furlong from Wexford coming into the squad, a prime example of growing the game.
What Munster need to do… We’re a province and not a club and people need to remember that, more so the people that are involved in the hierarchy of Munster rugby. We need to united the province and think beyond the usual places of where Munster have got players in the past. The likes of Rockwell, Christians, PBC, Munchin’s etc… we will always get players from there, we could put more in to those schools though and turn them into mini academies like they do in Leinster with St. Michael’s and Blackrock etc…
I’m more interested in a senior club in Kerry, a senior club in Waterford, more rugby schools in places that don’t have them and bringing more strength in to what we have and stop dividing people and unite them behind Munster rugby. The training base in Limerick was a bad call in my opinion, Limerick already have the games and did nothing to help in uniting the province.
West Cork players, that is a huge plus to see and we need more of it. We can change the coach, bring in new players etc… that will help short term, but I’m more interested in what we do long term. Where will Munster be in ten years? How can we catch up with Leinster or never mind Leinster how can we get back to the top of the European game.
Help the club game and grow the game in places that it has never been strong.