Conor Murray admits the success of other Irish provinces has been tough to watch

Munster have watched on from the sidelines as Leinster and Connacht prepare for their Pro 12 final

Conor Murray, Leinster, Munster

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Munster have not had the best of seasons, something which has been put into sharp relief by the unexpected success that Connacht have enjoyed in their route to the Pro 12 final

With Lam's side playing an exciting brand of rugby, and things looking to come together after a difficult start for Leo Cullen in his debut season as manager, Munster have been harshly criticised by fans and pundits alike.

With changes at the top also taking place in the form of Rassie Erasmus joining as Director of Rugby, the province are looking to address the things that have gone wrong this year which saw them finish in sixth in the Pro 12 table. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Conor Murray admitted that it has been tough for the players in Anthony Foley's side to watch on as the other provinces battled it out for a place in the final

"You’ve got to respect them, have a reality check, and say you weren’t good enough to make it this year and fair play to the other provinces," said Murray.

"You’ve got to admire the lads for going out there and playing really well and getting the business done, which is something we haven’t done this year. It’s tough viewing, but with a neutral head on, it’s great to have two Irish teams in the final, and again, it’s only going to bolster Irish rugby."

Switching focus to the Irish team, Murray noted that as they look ahead to the tour of South Africa, there are some positive things to be taken from the performances this year. 

"We’d a poor enough Six Nations, but with a lot of positive notes to end it on, and a lot of youth coming through who left their mark as well.

"I think there’s a different make-up to the Ireland team at the moment. It’s going to be a really interesting Tour and one that excites me."