Finn Russell Brendan Fanning: ‘Munster need one of their backs-to-the-wall miracles to save European season’

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Finn Russell JJ Hanrahan. Photo: Sportsfile
JJ Hanrahan. Photo: Sportsfile

Just when you thought Munster’s soap opera at outhalf was about to reach its series-defining episode, you get the equivalent of a commercial break.

In which case the recently hamstrung JJ Hanrahan puts his hand up and takes the number 10 shirt. The sub plot thickens a bit with the 5-3 split on the bench. Where typically Johann van Graan opts for six forwards and just two backs, this time he has balanced things out a bit.

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It’s never great going into a game where your playmaker and goal-kicker is carrying an injury.

A dodgy hamstring is not like a straightforward bruised joint where you suck up the pain and get on with it. That Munster are cracking on with Hanrahan anyway gives you a picture of where they are and how they will be approaching this game against Racing.

It was interesting listening to former Munster players last week presenting this game in career-defining terms. If you go back through their history Munster have a solid bank of examples where they delivered way above their pay load. It haunts a few of the current crew – Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Billy Holland, CJ Stander – that each passing season takes them further away from the target of European success.

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