Gordon D’Arcy: Gavin Coombes represents a new Munster that can end barren run

Johann van Graan’s side look to have thrown off the shackles that have limited them in the past

Munster’s Gavin Coombes is tackled by  Evan Roos of the Stormers during the United Rugby Championship match at  Thomond Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster’s Gavin Coombes is tackled by Evan Roos of the Stormers during the United Rugby Championship match at Thomond Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster possess the personnel to win silverware this season, the key is whether Johann van Graan and the coaching group can embolden the players tactically. Selection is fundamental and getting those calls right will define what’s attainable.

Watching the manner of their victory over the Stormers at the weekend reinforced the notion that I believe Munster to be genuine contenders for trophies. There are one or two caveats but if they have the courage to pursue a more rounded approach in style and select accordingly to facilitate that goal, then anything is possible.

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