The Munster Women’s Rugby team had their last training session in Fermoy Showgrounds on Tuesday night last in preparation for the big clash against Leinster on this Saturday, December 16 in Thomond Park. 

The upcoming match is the deciding match in the Inter-Pro Series and the Munster team have to win by a margin of seven points in order to win the series outright.

The team has strong links with Fermoy and the local area. Leah Lyons from Ballyhooly is a member of the Munster squad while Patrick Hanley, who owns Avondhu Physio in Fermoy has been working as Munster Rugby Academy Physiotherapist since 2010 and is assisted by Finola Neville from Conna, while Lorna Barry is the lead strength and conditioning coach.

The team suffered defeat in their first game of the series against Connaught on December 2, but balanced the scales on December 9 by beating Ulster 32-5.

Leah Lyons, squad member from Ballyhooly, Finola Neville from Conna who is an athletics physio, Lorna Barry, lead strength and conditioning coach and Patrick Hanley from Fermoy, team physio, pictured following the team’s final training session in the Fermoy Rugby Club’s headquarters on Tuesday night. (Picture: Emily Aherne)

Sitting in on the team chat with head coach Laura Guest and manager Maeve Darcy last night before training, it is clear that the team are fully prepared for the tough match on Saturday and have been looking at the all flaws and positives in their performances to date with a fine-tooth comb.

The level of professionalism, the attention to detail and the genuine passion for the game was certainly evident in the clubhouse of Fermoy RFC on Tuesday night.

“We’re hopeful. It’s going to be a tough game but we’re optimistic,” said team physio, Patrick Hanley.

We wish the team the very best of luck on Saturday and we hope to welcome them home as overall winners of the Inter-provincial series.