The GAA and Soccer have had their moments of late but Rugby is still waiting in the wings to restart its activities in most areas.
Fans will have an opportunity to whet their appetite this Friday when TG4 shows the TV premiere of Munster – The Brave and the Faithful this Friday evening.
The Iris Productions film charts the story of Munster’s first ascent to the heights of European Rugby by winning the Heineken Cup in Cardiff in May 2006.
The path to that moment is covered in detail in the documentary which is described as ‘the white-knuckle ride to end all white-knuckle rides’.
It covers the progression through the group and knockout stages of that season’s Heineken Cup, including the biggest domestic game in the history of Irish rugby up to that point, the semi-final against Leinster in Lansdowne Road, and of course that glorious day in Cardiff when Munster finally reached the promised land.
With exclusive footage from Cardiff, Limerick and Cork on the day of the final, ‘The Brave & the Faithful’ recreates the electric atmosphere that surrounded one of the most emotional Irish sporting success stories.
Giving voice to what the win meant to current and former squad members and management, ‘The Brave & the Faithful’ gives the viewer an unprecedented insight into Munster Rugby. Along with exclusive detailed interviews with Munster players and management, the program includes contributions from some of Ireland’s most respected rugby commentators.
“As a Munster Supporter, this was a tremendously exciting project to be involved in,” said Executive Producer Kieran Hartigan.
“We certainly felt a great onus to ensure that ‘The Brave & the Faithful’ does justice to what this tremendous Munster Squad have achieved and the integral part the ‘Red Army’ have played in that.”
“We are very happy that, as the definitive visual record of Munster’s victory in the Heineken Cup, ‘The Brave & the Faithful’ captures all the excitement and emotion of this fantastic year for Munster Rugby and will be essential viewing for all rugby fans.”
The show will air at 10:20 on TG4 on Friday, July 24th.