Replacements: F Sheahan, T Buckley, M O'Driscoll, D Ryan, P Stringer, P Warwick, K Earls.
12 HC POOL GAME
Munster: D Hurley; J Murphy, K Earls, L Mafi, S Zebo; R O'Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan, P O'Connell capt; D Ryan, P O'Mahony, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, S Archer, M O'Driscoll, Dave O'Callaghan, T O'Leary, I Keatley, D Barnes.
06 Team-- 82% (18/22) Irish-- 73% (16/22) Munster Home Grown
08 Team-- 82% (18/22) Irish-- 77% (17/22) Munster Home Grown
12 Team-- 87% (20/23) Irish-- 78% (18/23) Munster Home Grown
(I`m counting Denis Hurley and Danny Barnes as Munster because they are, non of this ohhhh Danny was born in.... bla bla bla)
So going on this evidence things are actually getting better on a producing home grown Munster players basis, not worse. Obviously these figures would fluctuate season by season but as long as the figure for Munster players does`nt go dropping into the 60 or even 50 percent bracket (which i doubt would ever happen regardless of the path professional rugby takes in the future) then i dont think we have too much to worry about. Just for s**t`s and giggles (and coz i still have nothing better to do) lets look at a likely Squad for a HC game next season.
13 HC POOL SQUAD?
Munster: F Jones; K Earls, Lula, Downey, S Zebo; R O'Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha, D Ryan, P O'Connell capt, P O'Mahony, D Wallace, J Coughlan. Replacements: M Sherry, M Horan, S Archer, I Nagle, D Leamy, D Williams, I Keatley, D Barnes.This obviously is just a speculative team so please dont go saying such and such is unlikely etc..
The percentage of this team being Irish would be 87% and Munster 74% so again no alarm bells yet.
As someone said on another thread a 100% home grown Munster team would be great but realistically will never happen, Munster in my view, have managed to mix the home grown with the other Irish and the non Irish quite well down the years and there`s no signs of that changing. So to answer my own question NO i dont think we`re loosing touch with our people or our identity. Professionalism in time will obviously put a strain on this but i have faith the "Munsterness" will stay intact and as long as our imports continue to buy into the Munster etho`s like Dougie and Jim Williams have done then we are in a good place imo. And lets not forget it`s us as supporters that add a huge amount to what makes Munster special aswell, we have our part to play too, and as long as we continue to do what we do then i`m confident they`ll continue to do what they do!!