2010–11 Munster Rugby season

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2010–11 Munster Rugby season
Ground(s) Thomond Park
Musgrave Park (Capacity: 26,500
8,500)
Coach(es)

Tony McGahan (Director of Rugby)[1]

Anthony Foley (Assistant & Defence)
Jason Holland(Backs)
Laurie Fisher (Forwards)
Paul McCarthy (Scrum)
Shaun Payne (Manager)
Mick Galwey (Squad Advisor)[2]
Paul Darbyshire (Strength & Conditioning)
Anthony Coole (Medical & Physio)
Captain(s) Paul O'Connell
League(s) Celtic League
1st kit
2nd kit

The 2010–11 Munster Rugby season was Munster's tenth season competing in the Celtic League alongside which they also competed in the Heineken Cup for the sixteenth time. They also competed in the European Challenge Cup for the first time after elimination from the Heineken Cup. It was Tony McGahans third season as Director of Rugby.

Summary[edit]

Munster were drawn in Pool 3 of the Heineken Cup alongside the Ospreys, London Irish and RC Toulon. Munster lost 23–17 away to London Irish, before defeating RC Toulon 45–18 at Thomond Park on 16 October 2010.[3][4] Munster defeated Ospreys 22–16, but lost the reverse fixture at Liberty Stadium 19–15.[5][6] In round 5 Munster went to RC Toulon, losing 32-16. As a result of this defeat, Munster failed to qualify for the quarter finals of the Heineken Cup for the first time in 13 years.[7] [8][9] As one of the top three runners up in the Heineken cup pool stage, Munster entered the quarter-final stage of the Challenge Cup where they defeated Brive 42-37 in France before losing at home 12-20 to Harlequins.[10] [11][12]

In the Magners league Munster finished top of the table with nineteen wins and three defeats after twenty two matches to qualify for the semi-final playoffs where they defeated Ospreys 18-11. They then played in the 2011 Celtic League Grand Final where they defeated Leinster by 19 points to 9 to claim their third league title.[13] [14]

2010-11 Playing Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Jerry Flannery Hooker Ireland Ireland
Denis Fogarty Hooker Ireland Ireland
Damien Varley Hooker Ireland Ireland
Stephen Archer Prop Ireland Ireland
Peter Borlase Prop New Zealand New Zealand
Tony Buckley Prop Ireland Ireland
John Hayes Prop Ireland Ireland
Marcus Horan Prop Ireland Ireland
Darragh Hurley Prop Ireland Ireland
Wian du Preez Prop South Africa South Africa
Dave Ryan Prop Ireland Ireland
Dave Foley Lock Ireland Ireland
Ian Nagle Lock Ireland Ireland
Donncha O'Callaghan Lock Ireland Ireland
Paul O'Connell (c) Lock Ireland Ireland
Mick O'Driscoll Lock Ireland Ireland
Donnacha Ryan Lock Ireland Ireland
Billy Holland Flanker Ireland Ireland
Tommy O'Donnell Flanker Ireland Ireland
Peter O’Mahony Flanker Ireland Ireland
Alan Quinlan Flanker Ireland Ireland
Niall Ronan Flanker Ireland Ireland
David Wallace Flanker Ireland Ireland
Patrick Butler Number 8 Ireland Ireland
James Coughlan Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Denis Leamy Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Tomás O'Leary Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Peter Stringer Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Duncan Williams Scrum-half Ireland Ireland
Ronan O'Gara Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Paul Warwick Outside-half Australia Australia
Declan Cusack Outside-half Ireland Ireland
Tom Gleeson Centre Ireland Ireland
Lifeimi Mafi Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Barry Murphy Centre Ireland Ireland
Sam Tuitupou Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Danny Barnes Wing Ireland Ireland
Keith Earls Wing Ireland Ireland
Ian Dowling Wing Ireland Ireland
Doug Howlett Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Johne Murphy Wing Ireland Ireland
Scott Deasy Fullback Ireland Ireland
Denis Hurley Fullback Ireland Ireland
Felix Jones Fullback Ireland Ireland

Coaching and Management team[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Director of Rugby Tony McGahan  Australia
Team Manager Shaun Payne
Forwards Coach Laurie Fisher  Australia
Backs Coach Jason Holland
Technical Advisor Anthony Foley  Ireland
Head of Strength & Conditioning Paul Darbyshire
Strength and Conditioning Coach Tom Comyns  Ireland
Strength and Conditioning Coach Aidan O'Connell  Ireland
Strength & Conditioning Coach Joe Gallanagh  Ireland
Medical Co-ordinator & Head of Physiotherapy Anthony Coole  Ireland
Physiotherapist Neil Tucker Massage Therapists

Dave Revins Paul McMahon Paddy Quinlan

 Ireland

Players in[edit]

Players out[edit]

2010–11 Celtic League[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA Try bonus Losing bonus Pts
1 Ireland Munster 22 19 0 3 496 327 +169 44 22 5 2 83
2 Ireland Leinster 22 15 1 6 495 336 +159 50 25 5 3 70
3 Ireland Ulster 22 15 1 6 480 418 +62 44 35 3 2 67
4 Wales Ospreys 22 12 1 9 553 418 +135 56 29 6 7 63
5 Wales Scarlets 22 12 1 9 503 453 +50 49 43 5 7 62
6 Wales Cardiff Blues 22 13 1 8 479 392 +87 37 33 3 3 60
7 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 22 10 1 11 444 462 −18 47 49 3 4 49
8 Scotland Edinburgh 22 9 0 13 421 460 −39 39 44 2 5 43
9 Ireland Connacht 22 7 1 14 394 459 −65 32 44 3 6 39
10 Italy Benetton Treviso 22 9 0 13 374 502 −128 29 58 0 2 38
11 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 22 6 1 15 401 543 −142 33 48 1 6 33
12 Italy Aironi 22 1 0 21 247 517 −270 21 52 0 8 12
Correct as of 7 May 2011

Playoffs[edit]

Semi-final[edit]

14 May 2011
18:30
Munster Ireland 18 – 11 Wales Ospreys
Try: Barnes (2) 32' m, 57' c
Con: O'Gara (1/2)
Pen: O'Gara (2/4) 14', 49'
Report Try: Fussell 78' m
Pen: Biggar (2/2) 38', 55'
Thomond Park
Referee: Nigel Owens

Grand Final[edit]

28 May 2011
17:05
Munster Ireland 19 – 9 Ireland Leinster
Try: Howlett 12' c
Earls 66' m
Penalty try 79' c
Con: O'Gara (2/3)
Report Pen: Sexton (3/4) 29', 46', 60'
Thomond Park
Attendance: 26,100
Referee: Nigel Owens

2010-11 Heineken Cup[edit]

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L Tries for Tries against Try diff Points for Points against Points diff TB LB Pts
France Toulon (6) 6 4 0 2 13 13 0 143 134 +9 1 0 17
Ireland Munster [7] 6 3 0 3 17 9 +8 143 122 +21 2 2 16
Wales Ospreys 6 3 0 3 7 11 −4 117 113 +4 0 2 14
England London Irish 6 2 0 4 9 13 −4 107 141 −34 0 1 9
9 October 2010
17:45
London Irish England 23 – 17 Ireland Munster
Try: Ojo 41' m
Con: Lamb (0/1)
Pen: Lamb (4/4) 8', 11', 20', 37'
D. Armitage (1/2) 73'
Drop: Lamb 33'
Report Try: Tuitupou 80' m
Con: O'Gara (0/1)
Pen: O'Gara (4/5) 5', 39', 55', 69'
Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 20,188
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

16 October 2010
15:30
Munster Ireland 45 – 18 France Toulon
Try: Leamy 9' c
Buckley 20' c
Howlett (2) 36' c, 62' c
O'Driscoll 59' c
Coughlan 79' c
Con: O'Gara (6/6)
Pen: O'Gara (1/2) 47'
Report Try: Genevois 1' c
van Niekerk 75' m
Con: Contepomi (1/1)
Wilkinson (0/1)
Pen: Contepomi (1/3) 30'
Drop: Wilkinson 49'
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

12 December 2010
13:00
Munster Ireland 22 - 16 Wales Ospreys
Try: Howlett 10' m
Wallace 58' c
Murphy 63' c
Con: O'Gara (2/3)
Pen: O'Gara (1/3) 40'
Report Try: Bowe 42' c
Con: Biggar (1/1)
Pen: Biggar (3/5) 1', 12', 67'
Thomond Park
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)

18 December 2010
15:30
Ospreys Wales 19 - 15 Ireland Munster
Try: Phillips 25' c
Con: Biggar (1/1)
Pen: Biggar (4) 17', 36', 55', 68'
Report Try: Buckley 23' c
Earls 58' m
Con: O'Gara (1/2)
Pen: O'Gara 5'
Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 12,189
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

16 January 2011
16:00
Toulon France 32 - 16 Ireland Munster
Try: Loamanu 22' c
Sackey 37' c
Con: Wilkinson (2/2)
Pen: Wilkinson (6/8) 8', 14', 16', 34', 41', 59'
Report Try: Wallace 76' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (3/3) 2', 25', 40'
Stade Félix Mayol
Attendance: 13,900
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

22 January 2011
15:30
Munster Ireland 28 – 14 England London Irish
Try: Varley 46' c
Ronan 70' c
Earls 73' c
Hurley 79' c
Con: O'Gara (4/4)
Report Try: Mapusua 58' c
Tagicakibau 67' c
Con: Bowden (1/1)
Lamb (1/1)
Thomond Park
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Peter Allan (Scotland)

2010-11 Amlin Challenge Cup[edit]

Quarter-final[edit]

9 April 2011
14.00
Brive France 37 - 42 Ireland Munster
Try: Uys 17' c
Estebanez 20' c
Palisson 70' c
Perry 80' c
Con: Belie (4/4) 17',20',80',70'
Pen: Belie 10',36',45'
Report Try: Howlett (2) 1' c, 22' c
Earls (2) 4' c, 46' c
Stringer 50' c
Con: O'Gara (4/5)
Pen: O'Gara (3/3) 53', 66', 68'

Semi-final[edit]

30 April 2011
13:00
Munster Ireland 12 – 20 England Harlequins
Try: Jones 40' c
Howlett 78' m
Con: O'Gara (1/2)
Report Try: Robson 9' c
Care 34' c
Con: Evans (1/1)
Care (1/1)
Pen: Clegg (2/2) 49', 59'
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 24,907
Referee: Romain Poite (France)

References[edit]

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