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No rest for Munster’s O’Leary

Guinness PRO12 Editor

17 Oct 2011

Munster scrum-half Tomas O’Leary is on the road to recovery after coming through Dolphin’s 17-11 defeat against Cork Constitution unscathed on Friday.

The Ireland international has been sidelined since the August international against France which forced him to miss the Rugby World Cup and will be working hard to regain his fitness before the RaboDirect PRO12 resumes on October 28.

The 27-year-old will be put through his paces by Munster’s strength and conditioning coach Aidan O’Connell, who aims to have the star firing on all cylinders by the time Munster resume league action against Aironi.

He said: “Players who are injured have had to stay around and we’re using this week like any other and training away.

“It’s obviously a quieter week without the rest of the squad around but we still have six to eight sessions during the week with the same schedule taking place in Limerick.

“Anyone who is injured in Munster Rugby works damn hard. It’s not a nice place to be on two fronts for these guys, one because you’re injured, two because you’re expected to work extremely hard and it’s a pretty uncomfortable place to be.

“We do our best to accelerate their recovery but we have to give them a focus when they are in here which means training at a high intensity whether you are fit or injured and it certainly asks a lot of your motivation.

“In saying that there’s a really strong training ethos and the players certainly push themselves whether injured or not.”