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When are we going to give our own coaches a break if one of two Munster legends does not get the job this time around?

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Munster's Ronan O'Gara, left, and Paul O'Connell celebrate after the Heineken Cup quarter-final over Harlequins at the Stoop back in April 201. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Munster's Ronan O'Gara, left, and Paul O'Connell celebrate after the Heineken Cup quarter-final over Harlequins at the Stoop back in April 201. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Munster's Ronan O'Gara, left, and Paul O'Connell celebrate after the Heineken Cup quarter-final over Harlequins at the Stoop back in April 201. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

I wrote last Sunday morning that it would be Munster’s greatest ever win, if the Men, and Boys, in Red could beat Wasps.

With Wasps own Covid troubles, and the sending off of Brad Shields, you have to row the achievement back a little bit, but the bonus-point win was still a mighty day in our storied history.

And the victory over Wasps will have one long-term benefit. Every time these young lads are called on in the future, they will step up to the cause brimming with confidence, because they will be covered by the famous words of Max Boyce, “I Was There’, they will have the confidence of knowing they did their bit the day we beat Wasps in Coventry.

And look at the backgrounds of these lads, it is not just kids from the usual suburbs of Cork or Limerick City.

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Munster's John Hodnett is tackled by Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth during their Heineken Champions Cup Pool B clash at Coventry Building Society Arena. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Munster's John Hodnett is tackled by Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth during their Heineken Champions Cup Pool B clash at Coventry Building Society Arena. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Munster's John Hodnett is tackled by Wasps' Jimmy Gopperth during their Heineken Champions Cup Pool B clash at Coventry Building Society Arena. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

We’re talking three lads from Ennis, one of them a Harty Cup-winning hurler, there was a lad from Waterford, there was Patrick Campbell, an All-Ireland minor winning footballer with Cork. What a player he is.

The confidence he showed, for his try, not to give a pass to Keith Earls, but instead he carried on and cleaned out the last Wasps defender on his inside. The confidence of youth, that’s what it was.

Hooker Scott Buckley was man of the match, but what about Daniel Okeke at No 8. He was just brilliant.

These lads won’t all carry on right now for Munster, they would not be able to produce that level of intensity yet week in, week out.

But they will in the long-run and it tells Munster me only need to bring in someone from overseas, when that someone is a pure 18-carat upgrade on what they have. I’m talking about the likes of World Cup-winner Damien de Allende.

Because it is clear from last Sunday that the Munster Academy is brimming with talent, it needs to be nurtured and brought through, but the talent is there.

But who will get the best out of that talent from next summer onwards as Munster’s next Head Coach? Every Munster supporter would be delighted to see Ronan O’Gara or Paul O’Connell get the job.

Rog has the advantage of much more experience and being a head coach right now. But can Munster prise him away from La Rochelle, where he is doing a great job?

Paulie has done a great job in his one-year with the Irish line-out – there was no line-out messing during the Autumn Tests last month. If the big man gets the job, he will need to bring in a top-line backs coach for that part of the team.

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There will be bitter disappointment if neither man gets the call. I mean, when are we going to give our own coaches a break if one of two Munster legends does not get the job this time around?

No, the Munster bosses have got to get one of them to lead our team to a future made all the brighter by last Sunday.

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