Munster centre Chris Farrell says that he and his team-mates believe their gameplan can bring them success, delivering a strong defence of their senior coach Stephen Larkham.

The province finished runners up in the Pro14 last term, barely landing a glove on Leinster in a limp final showing at the RDS, a result which raised serious questions about the team's style of play.

Australia legend Larkham was brought in in 2019 with a reputation for producing expansive attacking rugby, a style that has only sometimes shown itself in his two seasons working with Johann van Graan.

Speaking at the launch of the United Rugby Championship at the Aviva Stadium today, Farrell defended the style of rugby Munster employ, saying we are already seeing the "Stephen Larkham influence" on the team.

"I think we're seeing it," he said.

"I don't know if I'd expect to see a huge amount different (this season). What we want to play is a winning brand of rugby and we are doing that. We just need to do it more consistently.

"We had a great record last year, we had a great away record, we lost two games away last season.

"He's having a huge effect on the way we're playing. I think personally in training we see it, in terms of the skill levels of players, he is definitely having a huge impact on us as individuals."

The Ireland international said he and his team-mates have absolute belief in they way they are playing the game, adding that he is certain they will reap the rewards.

"Whether you see it or not, we see it and we believe it. So I think there's not a lot we need to change there.

"What we're doing is going to work and going to pay off and we've a huge amount of belief in it."

One challenge facing Munster this season will be the absence of Farrell's centre partner Damian de Allende for the early stages of the season.

The World Cup-winning Springbok is currently on Rugby Championship duty with South Africa, and is set to miss the opening round of the URC.

De Allende was an instant hit in his first season at the province last term, and Farrell says he's in awe of the inside centre's game intelligence.

"He just has this ability to buy himself time and I think all the best players in the world do it," he said.

"Damian often looks like he's cruising around at 60%, buying himself time, seeing space really well and then whenever it comes to being physically combative he can just turn it on with a switch.

"He's got it all, he really has it all, and if I can try and see space the way that he does and buy himself the time to do that then maybe that's something I can work on."

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