Munster Rugby

MUNSTER RUGBY

Munster Rugby (Irish: Rugbaí Mumhan) is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland. They compete in the Guinness Pro12 and the European Rugby Champions Cup. The team represents the IRFU Munster Branch, which is one of four primary branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union throughout the geographical Irish province of Munster.

Munster currently play in a red and blue home strip, while the away strip is black and red. The Munster Rugby logo consists of three crowns and a stag. The team motto is „To the brave and faithful, nothing is impossible”; it is derived from the motto of the MacCarthy clan – „Forti et Fideli nihil difficile”

HISTORY

Munster was officially founded in 1879, the same time as Leinster and Ulster. The founding of the Munster branch of the IRFU was intended to organise and oversee the game within the province. In amateur days, the four Irish provinces played against each other in the Irish Interprovincial Championship and also played touring international sides.

Munster has a great tradition of competitiveness and impassioned displays against touring sides.

Munster vs All Blacks

History of rugby union matches between Munster and New Zealand

Munster first played the All Blacks in 1905, losing 33–0 on the occasion. They have played each other many times since then. Munster drew with New Zealand 3–3 in 1973 and, in 1978, became the only Irish side to have beaten the All Blacks. The 12–0 victory occurred on Tuesday 31 October 1978 at Thomond Park, in front of a crowd of 12,000, though many times that number still claim to have been present, such was the occasion. Christy Cantillon scored a try with Tony Ward converting. Ward also added a drop-goal in each half. The game remains the only time an All Blacks team lost to any Irish side, and now forms part of Munster Rugby mythology. A stage play named Alone it Stands (by John Breen), and a book entitled Stand Up and Fight: When Munster Beat the All Blacks by Alan English were both based on the event. Both have been commercially successful. Alone it Stands has had several sell-out runs in Ireland and abroad. Stand Up and Fight was a bestseller in 2005.

The All Blacks returned to Thomond Park in November 2008 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1978 match, and to celebrate the opening of the new stadium. After 76 minutes of the match, Munster were winning 16–13, but a late try from Joe Rokocoko meant the All Blacks won 18–16.

Munster turned professional along with its fellow Irish provinces in 1995 and has competed in the Pro12 (formerly known as the Celtic League) since it was founded.

MUNSTER RUGBY SCHOOL

Munster Rugby School is designed for players aged between 10-18 years old who want to learn to play rugby the Munster Way. Players who participate in the camps will develop their skills, obtain a greater understanding of game awareness and learn about rugby values such as integrity, passion, solidarity and discipline.

Integrity: Integrity is central to the fabric of the Game and is generated through honesty and fair play.

Passion: Rugby people have a passionate enthusiasm for the Game. Rugby generates excitement, emotional attachment and a sense of belonging to the global Rugby Family.

Solidarity: Rugby provides a unifying spirit that leads to life-long friendships, camaraderie, teamwork and loyalty which transcends cultural, geographic, political and religious differences.

Discipline: Discipline is an integral part of the Game both on and off the field and is reflected through adherence to the Laws, the Regulations and Rugby’s core values.

Other skills that emphasis will be placed on include: passing, evasion, kicking, tackling (in a controlled environment) and contact will be introduced depending on the age and ability of the group. Players will also gain a greater understanding of the importance of physical fitness and get the chance to make loads of new friends.

Players who attend the Munster Rugby School will be coached by Munster Rugby coaching staff that all have a vast amount of experience in providing top quality coaching to young players.

All Camp Managers are fully accredited IRFU coaches and have additionally completed IRFU Safe Rugby Level 1 and the WR First Aid in Rugby.