Munster v Connacht: Ian Keatley proud of his old pals at leaders Connacht
Ian Keatley may just have been one of the many skilled hod-carriers out west in recent times but he is not surprised that the firm foundations laid down in Connacht see the province pitch up in Thomond Park tomorrow evening as surprise early PRO12 league leaders.
The Dubliner has already spent more time at Munster than he did at Connacht - he ended his three-year stint with a move south in 2011 - but he is preparing to come face to face with the "legacy" which he and so many other valiant colleagues helped to construct.
"I've been really impressed with what they have achieved in recent times," said out-half Keatley. "I think what they have really improved on is the strength and depth in their squad.
"The average age in their squad is around 23-24, even though John Muldoon takes that up a bit! They really have come on in the last couple of years.
"They have got some real quality players in. They are really building at the moment and they are really competitive. They are top of the league and that is our focus, we want to win and be top of the league.
"Nothing has really changed since I was there. That was the legacy they wanted when I was there. It has taken them a few years, but it is great for Irish rugby, it's great for competitiveness.
"But I am with Munster now and my focus is to win for Munster."