Munster Rugby

Munster Rugby is a professional rugby union team from the province of Munster in Ireland. She plays in the international championship Pro12 and takes part in European cup competitions. The team represents the Irish Rugby Football Union Munster Branch, one of four sub- associations of the Irish Rugby Football Union ( IRFU ). Home grounds are Thomond Park in Limerick and Musgrave Park, Cork. The greatest successes are three championships of the Pro12 / Celtic League and two Cup wins in the Heineken Cup.


The team was founded in 1879 and played in the Amateurära against the other three provinces ( Connacht, Leinster, Ulster ) to the Irish Province Championship. She also appeared regularly against teams in the Southern Hemisphere. The most glorious victory won the team on 31 October 1978, when they defeated the All Blacks in Thomond Park 12:0. This is still the only win an Irish selection against the national team of New Zealand.

Since the professionalization of rugby union in the 1990s, Munster rugby involved in the Celtic League, the Championship of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. After three unsuccessful attempts, Munster qualified in 1998 for the first time for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. In 2000, the team came up before the final, at Twickenham Stadium in London, she was subject to the Northampton Saints at 8:9. Also with only one point difference was defeated Munster a year later in the semifinals Stade Français.

2002 was again in the Munster final of the Heineken Cup, but lost at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff 9:15 against the Leicester Tigers. 2003 Munster had to win by at least 27 points difference in the final group match against Gloucester RFC to still reach the quarter-finals, this was achieved with a 33:6 victory and four trials. Subsequently won Munster against the defending Leicester Tigers, but lost in the semi-final against Stade Toulousain, again with a single point difference. That same year, Munster won the first ( and so far only) title.

A further brief semi-final defeat in the Heineken Cup followed in 2004 against London Wasps. 2005 Munster eliminated in the quarter-final against Biarritz Olympique. This game was played at the Estadio Anoeta in San Sebastián place and was the first match in the Heineken Cup on Spanish soil. In 2006, Munster was the third time in the final: A crowd of about 74,000, the Irish won at the Millennium Stadium with 23:19 against Biarritz Olympique. The title defense did not succeed; Munster lost the 2007 quarter-final against Wales Llanelli Scarlets. 2008 was followed by the second triumph in the Heineken Cup. In the finals, which took place again at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Munster Stade Toulousain defeated with 16:13. In the following season, the province won for the second time the Celtic League. The third title was won Munster in 2011.


  • Celtic League champions: 2003, 2009
  • Celtic Cup winner: 2005
  • Heineken Cup winner: 2006, 2008
  • Finalist Heineken Cup: 2000, 2002
  • Irish Province Championship: 22 league titles


Current squad

The squad for the 2013/2014 season:

Front team ( forwards)


  • Stephen Archer
  • Alan Cotter
  • James Cronin
  • David Kilcoyne
  • John Ryan


  • Duncan Casey
  • Niall Scannell
  • Mike Sherry
  • Damien Varley

Second - row players

  • Dave Foley
  • Billy Holland
  • Ian Nagle
  • Donncha O'Callaghan
  • Paul O'Connell
  • Donnacha Ryan


  • Sean Dougall
  • Dave O'Callaghan
  • Tommy O'Donnell
  • Barry O'Mahony
  • Peter O'Mahony
  • Niall Ronan

Number Eight

  • Patrick Butler
  • James Coughlan

Behind team ( backs)

Scrum half

  • Gerry Hurley
  • Conor Murray
  • Cathal Sheridan
  • Duncan Williams

Compound Semiconductors

  • JJ Hanrahan
  • Ian Keatley

Indoor Three Quarter

  • Cian Bohane
  • Ivan Dineen
  • James Downey
  • Keith Earls
  • New Zealand Casey Laulala

Outer three-quarters

  • Andrew Conwell
  • Johne Murphy
  • Luke O'Dea
  • Ronan O'Mahoney
  • Simon Zebo


  • Denis Hurley
  • Felix Jones

Well-known former players

  • BJ Botha (South Africa)
  • Barry Bresnihan
  • Christian Cullen (New Zealand)
  • Jean de Villiers ( South Africa)
  • Jerry Flannery
  • Anthony Foley
  • Mick Galwey
  • John Hayes
  • Rob Henderson
  • Marcus Horan
  • Doug Howlett (New Zealand)
  • Moss Keane
  • Mike Kiernan
  • Tom Kiernan
  • Donal Lenihan
  • Noel Murphy
  • Mick O'Driscoll
  • Ronan O'Gara