Munster Rugby Issue Squad Update As Province Returns To Training

Back in action.

Munster Rugby have issued a squad update with the province returning to training today at the High-Performance Centre in Limerick for the first time since March. Last week saw the first phase of PCR testing for senior players and high-performance staff produce zero positive results.

Players will train in small groups of seven this week with each pod working with a designated coach without any interaction with other groups. Players will arrive, train and go home. There will be no showers, changing room facilities, kitchen areas or video analysis rooms available.

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Daily temperature checks are one of the mandatory protocols that all players and staff must undergo to access the High-Performance Centre.

On the player front, Chris Cloete and CJ Stander have just returned to Ireland due to travel limitations from South Africa and both players will self-isolate for the next 14 days.

The majority of the academy squad have not returned to training to limit the number of people working in the HPC. However, Academy quartet Thomas Ahern (lock), Jake Flannery (out-half/full-back), James French (prop) and Ben Healy (out-half) are training with the senior players.

On the injury front, John Ryan has undergone a minor operation on his shoulder and has already begun his rehab period.

Tadhg Beirne (ankle) is continuing to rehab well while new signing Damian de Allende, Keith Earls and Calvin Nash have short-term injuries. All four players are expected to recover ahead of the proposed August fixtures.

Joey Carbery (wrist/ankle) is also continuing to rehab well and the out-half is expected to make a return to action in September.