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Published: 11:40 | 26/3/16

Foley hails homegrown talent

Munster coach believes future is bright

Anthony Foley has hailed the batch of homegrown talent the Munster academy is producing.

The province's head coach was speaking after every one of the starting XV for Friday's 47-0 bonus-point hammering of Zebre was born in Munster.

The win, which was inspired in part by Simon Zebo, who became the twice-European champions' all-time highest try scorer, moved them up to fourth in the Guinness Pro12 table and Foley thinks the future is bright if the academy keeps producing players.

"It’s a big week next week for us," he told RTÉ Sport. "A couple of fellas picked up one or two small bangs. If we can build on the fellas coming back, we’ll have some very competitive training sessions... and make sure there’s enough in the tank for next Saturday. Hopefully we get through it.

“[The meeting with Leinster] will be built up. It’s important we go about our job properly. They’re a very good side, very well coached. We need to go up there, make sure we look after each other and make sure we play for one another.

"Rory Scannell got man of the match. He's still technically an Academy player. To be stepping up and getting man-of-the-matches is an impressive feat.

“Our starting 15 all came through our academy, there’s great work being done. It gives us another dilemma in terms of who starts where. We’ve a lot of very good players putting up their hands. It’s a good place to be.

“I don’t think we left that much out there. The lads can co into the couple of days over Easter now – hopefully not eat too many eggs! – and it’s about making sure we’re right for Monday and we’re right for work."

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