Munster will thrive on Ireland's success

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    10 Nov 2016     Getty Images

The first victory by Ireland over the All Blacks last weekend would be an example for all Irish sides well into the future and Munster coach Rassie Erasmus was sure it would have an effect on his side, who in their history already have a win over the All Blacks, back in 1978.


The Thomond Park faithful will also recall the Munster side of 2008 almost claimed another All Blacks scalp before a late try denied them.

While Munster would be without several of their Test players who face Canada at the weekend there was still plenty of incentive for the side.

"Every week in Ireland I experience something different," Erasmus told the Limerick Leader.

"You go to Kingspan and Ulster and play there. That was new. And then two weeks ago seeing a full Thomond Park and this week seeing a full stadium and winning proper, every week something new, now facing the Maori at home.

"The players also see it like that. It is going to be a hell of a challenge. We have seen what they did to the USA. I just know from history, coaching a lot against those kind of boys, they are just wonderful attacking players with great physicality and wonderful skills to watch," he said.

"The nice thing for the players is to feel those skills. To play against players like that is...sometimes smaller guys try to sidestep you and beat you. Not many people get the experience to feel that and sometimes you tackle him back and you have won that little battle.

"It is very exciting. Always we would like to try and win," he said.

The Maori All Blacks have made seven changes to the run-on side to face Munster.

The side includes five new caps – Reed Prinsep, Billy Guyton and Ambrose Curtis who will start, while Under 20s captain Leni Apisai and Waikato skipper Whetu Douglas will make their debuts off the bench.

Head Coach Colin Cooper said the win over the USA last week was satisfying but they were also looking forward to the unique experience of playing in Limerick.

“This match is a huge game. I think every player at some stage in their career would like to play Munster in Limerick. We certainly saw the passion of the people here and the stadium being sold out, Ireland beating the All Blacks at the weekend - it’s got everyone pretty hummed so it will be a mighty contest,” Cooper said.


Maori All Blacks:

1 Kane Hames 2 Ash Dixon (Capt) 3 Ben May 4 Leighton Price 5 Tom Franklin 6 Reed Prinsep * 7 Shane Christie 8 Akira Ioane 9 Billy Guyton *10 Otere Black 11 James Lowe 12 Tim Bateman 13 Matt Proctor 14 Ambrose Curtis * 15 Marty McKenzie
Reserves: 16 Leni Apisai *17 Chris Eves18 Marcel Renata19 Whetu Douglas * 20 Kara Pryor 21 Brad Weber 22 Ihaia West 23 Jason Emery

1: James Cronin 2: Niall Scannell 3: Stephen Archer 4: John Madigan 5: Darren O'Shea 6: Tommy O'Donnell © 7: Conor Oliver 8: Robin Copeland 9: Duncan Williams 10: Ian Keatley 11: Ronan O'Mahony 12: Rory Scannell 13: Jaco Taute 14: Darren Sweetnam 15: Andrew Conway
Reserves: 16: Rhys Marshall 17: Peter McCabe 18: Brian Scott 19: Sean O'Connor 20: John Foley 21: Te Aihe Toma 22: Dan Goggin 23: Alex Wootton

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