Munster, here, there and everywhere, face a race against time to put together a team to face Wasps in Coventry on 12 December in the first round of the Champions Cup.

The squad and backroom staff may land in Ireland on Wednesday morning, or Thursday, it's simply not clear at the moment.

The Irish health minister Stephen Donnelly said on Monday that there would be no exceptions made to the mandatory 10-day home self-isolation for travellers returning from South Africa.

If they arrive on Thursday, minus one of their party who returned a positive test and a close contact, their ten-day isolation would end the day before the game.

Are there issues over getting over to England? Can they travel the morning of the game? It has a 3.15pm kick-off.

Further complicating matters is the subject of collective training.

There was talk yesterday evening that they could perhaps hole up in a hotel in Kildare are stay in their own bubble, training together.

But where does that leave the sizeable contingent of Ireland internationals who didn’t join up after the Autumn Nations Series?

Can the likes of Peter O'Mahony, Conor Murray, Keith Earls, Tadhg Beirne, Damian de Allende, Andrew Conway and Joey Carbery join the gang?

Or is it a case of those senior men melding with the academy players to take on the English Premiership side?

As it stands, they are training together under the guidance of academy manager Ian Costello.


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But, as Donal Lenihan pointed out on RTÉ's Six One last night, how do they make up the specialist front row requirements?

Of the 34 players in the Rainbow Nation, six are props and four are hookers. Could they arrange for emergency loans?

What options would they have if they went down that road?

"If [Munster] go five or six days without training, it could be dangerous for them to play," said Bernard Jackman on Against the Head.

"They haven’t played in five weeks and the travel.

"The key is getting permission to train in a safe way so they can start to prepare for that game."

EPCR told RTÉ Sport that they are "monitoring the situation" and are in contract with the clubs involved.

Organisers will be reluctant to postpone because of the tight nature of the rugby calendar but the no-fault manner of the circumstances that Munster find themselves in is surely worthy of a special ruling from EPCR.

Would Wasps agree?

There are more questions that answers and there's no guarantee that we've seen the last of the complications. It's a dreadful mess.