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  • Jollygreengiant
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    Nice article from the dead site about him today. I really like the look of the talent we are beginning to accumulate behind the scrum and hope we can maximise it as much as possible. Great to see lads like him and D'arcy who cut their teeth at AIL in the last few years seen as being capable of making the step-up. Quinny will be delighted. He is always talking about the value of the domestic game. Really hope he gets to realise his goals in the game whatever those are.


    Following an extended break from the game, former Schools star and 2008 Munster Schools Senior Cup winner with Castletroy College, Diarmaid McCarthy, chats about a return to the game that's seen the winger win his first senior Munster cap and represent both province and county in Sevens rugby.





    After his involvement with Munster and Ireland at U18 Schools and U19 level, McCarthy opted to take a break from the game. From there his rugby involvement became intermittent until he made a return to the club game with Young Munster last season. Winter nights training at Tom Clifford Park became the starting point for the Limerick-man's return to the provincial set-up and impressive showings for the Cookies led to an invitation to train with Munster in early 2015. Before the end of the season McCarthy found himself featuring for Munster 'A' against the Ulster Ravens and Connacht Eagles.

    "I got back into rugby last September, I had a hunger in me and I had always wanted to go back playing so I made the decision to start training with Young Munster. I was progressing well at training and my fitness came back to me pretty quickly. Thankfully it was the same in matches and when I got some game time with Young Munster, one thing led to another and I got the chance to head down to Munster training at UL.

    "After being involved with Munster before I had some idea of what to expect. Knowing the environment and having the hunger for the game made things a bit easier. My whole lifestyle had to be changed, since I was last in the Munster set-up it's come on so much and that advancement took a while to get used to.

    "With the S&C, nutrition and the overall lifestyle that they teach in Munster there's been a huge physical transformation in me since I've come back - I'm often my own worst critic so usually other people have to tell me about it rather than me seeing it myself."

    Having trained with Munster for all of the current pre-season, McCarthy's ability and effort was rewarded with inclusion for the first game of the 2015/16 Kearys Renault Series against Grenoble at Thomond Park last Friday - his first senior appearance for the province, playing 20 minutes from the bench.

    "To be honest it still hasn't sunk in properly. Since I was small I always wanted to play for Munster and playing for Munster 'A' earlier in the season was a nice transition into the senior game. Getting to play with the likes of Tyler Bleyendaal was great too, he's a big ball player and I like playing outside him. Those experiences have been wonderful and anything that happens next I'm just grateful for."

    Running parallel to McCarthy's involvement with the Munster senior set-up was his training with, and subsequent inclusion in, the Ireland Men's 7s squad with the speedster featuring for both the Wolfhound's 7s team and Men's 7s team at a number of tournaments across the summer.

    "I had heard last year that a national Sevens programme was coming about so I set that in my sights and thankfully I've made the grade so far.

    "I always wanted to play Sevens, what back wouldn't with a full size pitch with loads of space? Having played with the Ireland 7s set-up over the summer it really opened up my eyes as to how skilful and tough a sport it is. Going on tour in Lisbon, Bosnia and Croatia we played a mixture of teams, some better than others, but one of the things we learnt most was you need to save your thunder, you can't be going flat out into everything.

    "That was the hardest part for any one of us - you always want to be your very best and go for it every time and the temptation is always there when you see the space, but sometimes you have to be a bit smarter in how you play - save yourself from burning out."

    McCarthy will bring his Sevens experience and know-how to Munster this Friday and Saturday when he lines out for the province in the Limerick World Club 7s.

    "With Munster this weekend we'll have some tough opposition like Samurai Invitational for example. They're a side that I played against in the GB7s and we know they're an excellent outfit who travel the circuit and know it well.

    "The first match will be a good guide for fellas - after that they'll know exactly where they stand. The diversity of the teams and rugby cultures on show this weekend are great for Munster guys too. Every team brings something different so every aspect of your game will be tested and that's part of the beauty of Sevens."

    The Limerick World Club 7s take place this Friday and Saturday kicking off at 11 am each day.

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  • Munsterboy
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    He has wheels anyway. He's made the Ireland squad for the trip to the Europe Men's Div C competition in Bosnia, along with Wootton and Gearoid Lyons.

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  • The Last Stand
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    Originally posted by PARISHMAN1970 View Post
    Nice try from him in the sevens comp

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUa0Fc6XZCs
    A Bolter for the World Cup.

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  • PARISHMAN1970
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    Nice try from him in the sevens comp

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUa0Fc6XZCs

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  • ustix
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    Originally posted by Dearg Doom View Post
    Lovely hurling

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  • Dearg Doom
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    From Murray Kinsella: http://www.the42.ie/munster-diarmuid...13355-May2015/

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  • scotscor
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    Thanks mr chips, you the man

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  • blackwarrior
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    Originally posted by whimpersnap View Post
    Jesus, let the young lad have his moment and move the 7s discussion somewhere more appropriate.
    Originally posted by ustix View Post
    Jeez, young Diarmaid isn't getting a look-in here.
    Yep - I agree.

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  • whimpersnap
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    Jesus, let the young lad have his moment and move the 7s discussion somewhere more appropriate.

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  • ustix
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    Jeez, young Diarmaid isn't getting a look-in here.

    MOD NOTE - Discussion on Irish 7s moved to here - http://www.munsterfans.com/threads/3...h-Sevens/page3

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  • greenback
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    Originally posted by Miguel Sanchez View Post
    It's worth mentioning here that McCarthy's time away from rugby was caused at least in part by overhyping and the weight of expectation upon him.

    Keep that in mind folks.
    i would agree with you,and from what I have seen of him at club level it's starting all over again...

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  • greenback
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    Originally posted by LeakyBoots View Post
    From what I'm hearing LOD is not being renewed, pity, always liked him as a player, could never get a run though
    LOD was very injury prone but a very fine player if only he could get a run of games under his belt

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  • wellboy
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    Originally posted by The Outlaw View Post
    Turned us down at least once already. i'd say he'll go to England.
    Finishing with the pro game by all accounts, disillusioned with the last 12 months and wants to focus on his career after rugby.

    A total of 18mins over two games since he made that cameo against Sale says it all really.

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  • The Outlaw
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    Originally posted by thoughtless View Post
    Have to say that Dineen has been very hard done by, especially this season. Would be a very good acquisition for Connacht.
    Turned us down at least once already. i'd say he'll go to England.

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  • Miguel Sanchez
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    It's worth mentioning here that McCarthy's time away from rugby was caused at least in part by overhyping and the weight of expectation upon him.

    Keep that in mind folks.

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