Munster Rugby is understood for its exploits on the pitch, but it’s now chasing after success in competitive video gaming.

It has formed a partnership with Phelan Gaming, which has actually been Ireland’s most successful esport team.

Ciaran Walsh, Phelan Video gaming chief executive, said: “A great deal of individuals say, ‘how is it sport if it doesn’t have any exercise or anything?’

” But it’s about the psychological actions that you take.”

In April, Phelan Gaming rebranded as Munster Rugby Gaming. It contends in League of Legends competitions, the most popular online video game worldwide.

Enda Lynch, head of enterprise with Munster Rugby, stated: “I believe as we go forward over the next lots of variety of years, you’re going to see esports become a huge part of the sports industry.”