Munster will bring out big guns to face Cheetahs

Munster will bring out big guns to face Cheetahs
Simon Zebo at training. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

MUNSTER are expected to bring out his big guns for the visit of South African side Cheetahs to Thomond Park this Saturday, 5.15pm.

Simon Zebo, the Scannell brothers Rory and Niall and John Ryan could be set for seasonal debuts when Munster face one of Rassie Erasmus’ former clubs in the second round of the Guinness Pro14 campaign and Erasmus is hopeful many of the province’s players who toured the USA and Japan on Ireland’s June tour will be free to face his old club.

“Guys like Rory Scannell and Niall Scannell and Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan and Simon Zebo, some of these guys are available,” Erasmus said. “We will check out the injuries but these guys are nice and fresh. We are reviewing the videos but some of these guys will be in the mix.” 

The director of rugby, who returns to South Africa at the end of December to take up the national director of rugby post in his native land, says his focus is fully on Munster and will be until he leaves the club whether that is at the end of December or beforehand should Munster find a director of rugby before that. He says he and the playing staff are still on the same page and that is the way it will remain.

“There’s nothing else I currently have to do in South Africa at this stage so it’s not like I’ve got my head split in two places.

“I think the bulk of us are nicely in line. And I know the players can see we’re working with a plan to make sure that however this happens, it happens in the best possible way. Because everybody loves Munster, nobody’s trying to nail Munster and that’s why I think it’s easy to do — not easy but easier to do.”

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