Munster number eight Robin Copeland insists his side have “everything in place” to succeed but admitted they have yet to click with an inter-provincial showdown with Leinster looming.
Copeland, who moved to Munster from the Cardiff Blues this season, said that the crunch clash against Leinster was something he was really looking forward to.
“I’ve obviously been watching from a distance for a long time, and growing up, those kind of games are the games you really want to play in,” Copeland said. “They’re always fiercely competed, so I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Speaking about his own career, during which he has played for a variety of clubs including Rotherham and the Cardiff Blues, Copeland said he had learned lessons along the way.
He said: “Each club has offered me a different aspect of my game. It’s definitely improved me as a player, each step; [I have] tried to gain something from each club.”
Copeland admitted Munster had yet to “click” and had struggled to get the results they would want this season, but insisted “we have everything there in place that we need to get those results. So it’s just a matter of going out there and making it work that extra five percent.”
"Growing up, those kind of games are the games you really want to play in" - Robin Copeland
Copeland’s Munster teammate Felix Jones said there was “an added bit of intensity in training” ahead of the inter-provincial derby. He agreed that a result against Leinster would set down a marker for the season ahead.
“We haven’t been so good in terms of our record up there in the last couple of years. Obviously we’re looking to go up there and give ourselves a report that we can stand by.”
Jones, who has suffered a torrid time over the last few seasons with a number of serious injuries, has enjoyed a good spell of fitness this year, and is relishing going into the game without significant bumps and bruises.
He said: “I think this is probably one of the first pre-seasons in a long while I haven’t been coming recovering from surgery or something like that.
"It’s great to have the body in good shape; you can take an extra little bit of confidence out of that when you’re going into games like this.”