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Plymouth Albion's Declan Cusack relishing vital Munster return

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

By Sara Raine

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PLYMOUTH Albion fly-half Declan Cusack cannot wait to make his first return to Munster on Friday night.

Cusack came through Munster’s ranks and featured in two British & Irish Cup finals for the Irish side before leaving the club in the summer of 2012.

He initially went to Spain to play for Bizkaia Gernika before joining Albion in February.

Cusack will be back in Munster on Friday hoping to help Albion take a massive step towards a quarter-final place in the British & Irish Cup.

Plymouth beat the Irish side 17-7 at Brickfields last Friday and a repeat of that result in Waterford would almost guarantee then a place in the knockout stages.

James Shanahan’s side are currently four points clear at the top of Pool Four, with Munster second.

Cusack, who came on as a replacement last Friday, is relishing this week’s match, but he knows it will be tough to win in Ireland.

“It will be my first return as a player and it will be a bit weird,” he said. “A lot of those fellas that played on Friday are probably some of my best friends. It will be strange but I am looking forward to going home.”

Cusack added: “I have not been home since the start of pre-season, so it will be nice for a couple of days.

“Hopefully, we can back up Friday’s win with another this week. Then we would be in a really good position.

“If we get four points this week then you are talking about us being seven or eight points ahead at the top of the group and it would be hard to lose it from there.

“But it will be a clean slate this week. We have to work hard again and head over there knowing it will be really tough.

“No one beats a Munster team easy in Munster ever. It is going to be really hard.”

Cusack continued: “They (Munster) probably don’t think they were at their greatest last week, but I think that was because we did not allow them to be.

“I thought we played with a great tempo and our defence was very good. I don’t think they got near our 22 in the second half.

“We scored two really good tries and closed out the game well. It is a big test for us now to see if we can repeat it.

“A win would put us in a really strong position, but a win for them would put them right back in it.

“I think this week’s game will be another notch up from last week.”

Cusack is sure Albion will have plenty of support in Ireland. Many of his family and friends are likely to be in the crowd cheering him on.

He said: “Obviously we have got five or six Irish guys in the team, so there could be quite a big Albion support there, which would be good.”

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