Munster host Leinster for the biggest Interpro clash in Irish rugby at the United Rugby Championship this weekend. Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Where and when is it running?
Saturday’s game will be played at Thomond Park, Limerick with kick-off at 19:00.
What’s new from the team?
Johnny Sexton has been given another weekend off following his Six Nations heroics as Leinster travels without their captain, while Munster has also restored a number of Andy Farrell’s men to a strong side led by Peter O’Mahony.
MUNSTER – M Gallagher; Nash C, Farrell C, de Allende D, Daly S; J Carbery, C Murray; Loughman J, Scannell N, Archer S; J Jenkins, F Wycherley; P O’Mahony (Captain), C Cloete, G Coombes. Representatives: D Barron, J Wycherley, J Ryan, T Ahern, A Kendellen, C Casey, B Healy, K Earls.
LEINSTER H Keenan; J O’Brien, G Ringrose (Captain), R Henshaw, J Lowe; R. Byrne, J. Gibson-Park; E Byrne, J Tracy, M Ala’alatoa; D. Toner, J. Dunne; Doris C, van der Flier J, Conan J. Representatives: D Sheehan, C Healy, T Furlong, R Molony, J Murphy, L McGrath, C Frawley, M Deegan.
Where can I see the game?
The game will be broadcast live on RTE 2 & Premier Sports 2. The game will also be streamed live on the RTE Player.
What can I read and hear under construction on Independent.ie?
Munster returned to winning ways after his South African tour with a stunning bonus points win over Benetton last weekend. The departure of Damian de Allende at the end of the season has also been confirmed, with a return to Japan in sight for World Cup winner Springbok.
On this week’s episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss the latest rugby news and are joined by UK’s Chris Foy to chat about Eddie Jones, England, and their coaching succession plan.
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What are the match odds?
Leinster are favorites at 8/13, Munster at 7/5 and the draw at 17/1.
What do the trainers say?
“In the last nine weeks this group has played seven games and fought really hard and built a lot of cohesion. It will be good to get some fresh energy into the group and bring everyone back together.
“And we know it’s going to be the same next week and when you’re in a full house, especially down at Thomond, the crowd is going to tower over the team and when the pressure is on you you have to keep your composure and hold out at the top of the game. If you make a mistake just stay calm rather than make it worse with another mistake and we were guilty of that in the first half.”
Johann von Graan:
“See it’s a huge block for us, Leinster, the two Exeter games, Ulster and then Cardiff. It’s a big part of the season, but you work for it.
“The Leinster game at Thomond Park is always special so I’m really looking forward to it.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/pro14/what-time-what-channel-team-news-and-all-you-need-to-know-about-munster-v-leinster-41499018.html When and on which TV channel is Munster v Leinster? Kick-off time, TV and live stream details for the United Rugby Championship match