When looking at Munster’s recent Heineken Cup campaigns, its hard to see past Declan Kidney being a integral part of it all.
Some may argue that the Irish coach could be famed as one of the greatest coaches of all time. With a record of two Final wins out of four in eight years, it's hard to believe an International coaching job hasn't come knocking at his door in the past years.
However, now Kidney must say farewell to the recently crowned Champions of Europe and embark on a new challenge to elevate Ireland to the same standard of greatness as Munster.
There's no time for Mr. Kidney to get complacent with an extremely disappointing World Cup campaign and—to be honest—a poor Six Nations campaign. The Irish public will be demanding an uplifting summer tour.
I hope though that the Irish public aren't predicting any miracles. As the new Ireland coach will have to lead his men into two of the possibly hardest places to tour, Australia and New Zealand. And bonding a new team along with defeating The All Blacks and the Wallabies in their own backyard, is a challenge, to some, that may be anything but simple.
Kidney may think this fixture will favour to his side though, as this past season the Super 14 have been a testing zone for the new ELV's. So how the two southern hemisphere sides will react to playing under the normal rules, no one can know.
Still I think it would be a lot more profitable for the Irish fans to spend their time looking on to the Next Six nations. Because you know eventually Declan Kidney will be able to make this Ireland side play.
Even with Munster’s latest Heineken Cup Final performance being branded as bland and boring, I don't think the Irish public will mind all that much if trophies come their way.
The likelihood of Ireland playing a boring game with the backs they have is unlikely anyway, with the likes of Brian O'Driscoll, Geordan Murphy, Robert Kearney and Ronan O'Gara (possibly in the form of his life) firing on all cylinders. Declan Kidney will be able to create great performances.