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Jack O’Donoghue’s form will be watched by Joe

PROPPING up the current Guinness PRO12 League table at present, Zebre, on paper, should be easy prey for a hungry Munster side that has almost forgotten what it is like to lose this season.
Jack O’Donoghue (pictured) was not taking anything for granted but first of all he filled us in on his current fitness: “I picked up a knock against the Ospreys so I missed two weeks of the five week block. I’m hoping to get a run this week-end and put my hand up for a place on the match-day squad sheet for the Toulouse game.
“This is the make or break part of the season, I am back to full fitness and hope to be involved. This Saturday we can’t be complacement, we have to focus on this game and need to get the job done. The table is so tight at the top you can’t afford a slip-up at this stage. Zebre may be at the bottom of the table but they will want to show that they are a better side than some people think. The table is very tight in the league and we can’t afford to be take anything for granted.”
Asked about his ambitions to pull on the senior Ireland jersey, Jack said that you have to have aspirations when you are playing at this level, so hopefully that may come with time: “If you are performing well for Munster over a period Joe (Schmidt) is going to see that. If you can hit a good run coming up to the business end of the campaign, then that is going to stand to a player in view of the summer tour.”
Jack also praised the new set-up at the University of Limerick: “The new High Performance Centre has been a terrific benefit to all members of the squad. All the travelling up and down to Cork during the week used to take its toll but now we have this state of the art facility. The fitness levels have been high, we have our nutritionists here and our recovery from injury is speeded up. As professional athletes we are being very well looked after.”

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