Uncertainty reigns again at Munster, with reports that Rassie Erasmus may leave the province early, despite a near-void of public discussion around the identity of his successor.
But amid relative turmoil at Thomond, some things never change in its hinterland. One man inextricably linked with the province is still playing top-level rugby: Donncha O'Callaghan has signed on for another season with Worcester Warriors in the English Premiership, at the ripe old age of 38.
He signed for the club in 2015, and now, in his third season with the club, has been appointed captain.
Speaking to the club's official website, O'Callaghan said the following:
I have loved every minute of my time at Sixways and it is a huge honour to lead this side into the new season.
The Premiership is tougher than ever so I am focused on ensuring the lads put in the performances the supporters deserve so we can all pull together and have a successful campaign.
This isn't a case of the captaincy being tossed to the most senior member of the squad: that role belongs to Peter Stringer, who will be 40 by the time his contract with Worcester expires.
In spite of that, however, O'Callaghan's longevity is amazing, and earlier this year he explained some of the secrets to it:
I think it’s how you look after yourself.
I am a non-drinking Irishman and I think that has helped me.
If you’re willing to put your head between two bums and push that’s all you need in the second row.
It’s a pulling, dragging, position so I am lucky you don’t need all the attributes of an athlete. It does takes longer to recover from games when you get older.