Munster Rugby can learn lessons from the James Cronin affair

Munster Rugby can learn lessons from the James Cronin affair
James Cronin of Munster. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

MUNSTER chief executive Ian Flanagan says that the club and its players will learn lessons from the James Cronin case.

He says players must take full ownership of what they put into their bodies.

Cronin received a one-month ban when he tested positive for a banned steroid last November after a Champions Cup game against Racing.

An investigation from organisers EPCR found the Corkman “bears at least some fault" after he received the drugs as a result of a dispensing error by his pharmacist, but ruled that the violation was "unintentional".

"It has been (stressful), it has impacted his career. James has received a doping ban and that will always be associated with him.

"I think the education piece, we're still working on the details with EPCR in terms of when that takes place and so on but I think the key message is that in James' case - and it's one that will be understood by all players - is that ultimately the players have to take responsibility for what they ingest and put into their system.” 

The Munster CEO says that the naming rights for Thomond Park is still on the table and while Covid-19 paused those talks and says the province needs to be less reliant on match-day revenue in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown.

Picture: INPHO
Picture: INPHO

"I don't think Munster is experiencing any financial pressure difficulty to the other provinces. We've identified clear areas where we would look to grow the commercial revenues and more importantly diversify the revenue streams of Munster.

“We have to, as best we can, find other ways of generating income and growing the revenue base.

"So, it is a big strategic avenue for us and we've put a lot of time and thought into it in advance of the pandemic.

"Some of our plans may be delayed, but we're looking to move on with them even in the midst of this. It's undeniably going to be a tough commercial marketplace out there for the foreseeable future.

"I don't think any company has been unaffected by this but naming rights to Thomond Park is one of the things on the table. It's one of the things we're exploring at the moment.”

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