Munster have shown in the recent past (a decade ago) that they can produce top quality players.munster#1 wrote:Again, when you say Munster in particular don’t want to put in the ground work, apart from Leinster, who else are you comparing them to? And what facts are you basing this on?
Its been pointed out by other posters that there is a sense of entitlement to be good (perhaps because of that great team).
I've heard for years now that they are fixing the academy supply - not yet proven to be successful or complete but that's a waiting game for now.
I know its tabloid bollix but there was an article on Sports Joe the other day speculating about the possible Munster team for next season (and to be honest the team was bollix because they had Salanoa at TH) but there was 5 Munster lads in that team and if that were to come to pass that isn't good enough IMO... but that's only my opinion.
Look at Lam when he came to Connacht. He took their identity and built on that. I don't think van Graan is doing that at Munster but I don't think he's the same level of coach that say his predecessor was.
Ulster also have a lot of non-native (for want of a better phrase) but I think they have taken some lads out of schools and put them in their academy rather than taking guys after they have gone through the Leinster academy. I'd prefer this approach... Leinster take in less than 10 player to their academy every year so there are lots of quality young lads that don't go in and are available to whoever wants them.
You obviously don't really care about the make up of the squad and that's fair enough. No one is starting a war here... just a small difference of opinion about something that isn't really that big a deal.