Munster second-row Billy Holland has stated that Christmas is cancelled in the squad as they look to bounce back from a loss to Glasgow.
The 21-18 defeat at Scotstoun Stadium saw the Irish province have a five-match winning streak in the Guinness PRO12 brought to a halt.
Next up for Munster is a home fixture against Leinster on Boxing Day before they tackle Connacht at the Sportsground on New Year’s Day.
And in a crucial period for the province, lock forward Holland admits they have to be on top form if they are to rebound from last weekend.
“We have a big week ahead of us so we just have to rally together and work hard,” Holland revealed to the Irish Independent on Monday.
“When we got into Glasgow’s 22 in the first half we were good, we were clinical. Then they did the same thing to us in the second half, which from our point of view was very disappointing.
“In the second half we made crucial errors – we turned over the ball in their half and they went down and scored points.
“We didn’t get on the scoreboard in the second half, which we needed to do, especially with the wind behind us.
“Someone said in the dressing room, ‘Christmas is cancelled’, not that we were going to have much of a Christmas anyway.
“We are players, we don’t do Christmas really. We keep playing over Christmas. It is a distraction, but we can’t let our focus drift.”