CORK’S Stephen Archer is expecting a tough physical battle from Benetton Rugby at Musgrave Park tomorrow when Munster kick off their Guinness PRO14 campaign, 7.35pm.
He has had a full pre-season behind him after having to endure a stop start one the previous season due to injury and is expecting all the hard work that was put in over the last two months to be tested in Cork tomorrow night.
“Home advantage can be a big help, but Treviso will be a physical battle, especially up front and their maul as well, which they’ve based their game around. We’ll be favourites, but Treviso will come out of the blocks firing. They have a big squad with some talented internationals.”
Even though it was a tough two months the Corkman is happy to have been there for the full pre-season camp and says that the younger players in the squad and coming through the Academy help drive elder lemons like himself on at pre-season training.
“You miss two or three weeks pre-season and you are chasing your tail, then. Yeah, lads might do extra work, especially the injured lads, who mightn’t have played so much during the season. They really come back and make an effort through doing their own thing with the S&C, so a lot of them came back very fit, whereas the older lads, like myself, are trying to chase them around for the first few weeks.”
Meanwhile, Ronan O’Gara has been added to the lineup for TV3’s Six Nations panel. The channel which with show all of the 2018 competition is their marquee signing for their panel.
O'Gara previously worked with RTÉ, who broadcast the competition in previous seasons, but TV3 will be showing the tournament with exclusive rights for the next four years.