Munster players returned to training this morning for their first on-field training session since March. There were no positive PCR results which meant that all the players and staff were cleared to return to the High-Performance Centre at UL. Munster take on Leinster on August 22 when the Pro14 resumes.
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 while Damian de Allende has a short-term injury.
The majority of the Greencore Munster Rugby 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.
Training will be very different this week as the squad will train in small groups of seven. Each pod will work with one designated coach without any interaction with other groups, while there are stringent hygiene measures in place around the use of gym equipment.
Players will arrive, train and go home. There will be no showers, changing room facilities, kitchen areas or video analysis rooms available.