Limerick break All-Stars record; Munster’s last minute plans for Wasps clash

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Limerick players celebrate wit the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Limerick players celebrate wit the Liam MacCarthy Cup. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s been a simply sensational last two years for the Limerick hurlers and this morning they have made history by becoming the first team ever to take home 12 All-Stars, three more than the previous record which they themselves matched last year. It’s a seriously impressive haul for John Kiely’s team and the announcement also comes with another notable which is that Cork have received no awards - the first time this has happened to beaten All-Ireland finalists in the 51 years of the scheme. Meanwhile, in his column this morning, Ciarán Murphy writes that Paul Mannion looks like the poster boy for the benefits of club life.

Moving to rugby and Munster’s planning for Sunday’s Champions Cup match against Wasps is set to go right down to the wire after the province yesterday confirmed a number of positive Covid cases in the group of players who returned from South Africa. “Munster will have to name a team by midday on Friday. Van Graan didn’t rule out some of those isolating in Ireland augmenting the squad but the team will be largely drawn from those who’ve been training in their HPC. This includes nine internationals and a smattering of uncapped academy players,” reports Gerry Thornley. It’s a huge task for the young inexperienced players in Munster’s squad but academy manager Ian Costello is excited at the prospect of them getting an opportunity on such a big stage. “It’s been great. There is a lot to consider. There is exams happening, there is representative rugby and they’ve just parked everything at the moment,” he said.

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