Former Ireland International Says Munster Have ‘Too Many Average Players’


Former Ireland and Leinster winger Shane Horgan says Munster have too many ‘average players’ and won’t be able to take the next step and compete for honours with their current squad.

Speaking on the Second Captains podcast yesterday along with former Munster centre Barry Murphy and the rest of the usual panel, Horgan says there wasn’t enough talent in Saturday’s team to win the Champions Cup.

“I think not, that team that went out at the weekend, I don’t think there’s enough talent in it, to be honest with you. There are too many workhorses, solid players, that are decent but they’re lacking in quality.”

While Horgan did accept Barry Murphy’s point that Munster were missing a lot of players through injury (Taute, Cloete, Farrell, O’Donnell etc.), he still feels the southern province simply don’t have enough currently to really challenge.

“So, I just think the team that went out, yes they have a splattering of very good players, a couple of world-class players but they have too many average players as well and where I could see Munster competing against anyone on a given day with all their armoury, I think when they don’t have that they can get shown up and to be honest with you, without overstating it, if Racing kept the foot down they could have put 50 on that team.”

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