Munster catch player registration break; Lisa Fallon looks to Jim Gavin for inspiration

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Niall O’Donovan, pictured here with Graham Rowntree, has been taking charge of Munster with the senior coaching staff in isolation. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Niall O’Donovan, pictured here with Graham Rowntree, has been taking charge of Munster with the senior coaching staff in isolation. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Looks like things are finally improving for Munster as they receive a much-needed piece of good news in the midst of their South African Omicron nightmare. With Munster in a desperate bind when it comes to having available players for next week’s Champions Cup opener away to Wasps, EPCR has changed the rules allowing them to register new players for the European competition up until Wednesday. This means the province is likely to recruit from within their own AIL clubs in order to fulfil the fixture, rather than ask for loans from any of the other provinces. By stark contrast, Cardiff are in a godforsaken position as they are still stuck in South Africa. One of their players, fullback Matthew Morgan, showed his frustration in branding the United Rugby Championship a “shambles of a league” on Twitter and labelling the Welsh government “a joke” for not doing more to help them return home, before quickly deleting his tweet. Meanwhile, in URC action that will still be going ahead as normal, Gerry Thornley previews Leinster’s clash with Connacht tonight as they seek to avoid back-to-back interpro losses at the RDS.

In her column this morning, Lisa Fallon talks about how the League Managers Association made her figure out what sort of a manager she wanted to be - was it a Sam Allardyce, or a Sean Dyche, or someone else? Taking inspiration from outside of soccer, she looks at Jim Gavin as an example of a leader who empowers his players and what that can mean for an individual coaching philosophy. In Premier League action last night, a helter skelter affair at Old Trafford ended in a 3-2 victory for Manchester United over Arsenal with their new boss Ralf Rangnick watching in the stands. After the result, Michael Carrick confirmed that he would be stepping away from the club now that his spell as interim boss will be coming to an end.

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