Munster head into the game on 17 points, 4 ahead of their opponents, knowing anything other then a loss will see them through.
Exeter are looking to become the first team in the competitions history to be winless after the first three pool games and still qualify. They are coming into the match after back to back bonus point victories against Gloucester and Castres.
Last weekend’s impressive 34-12 over the French giants ensured that they kept their faith in their own hands in the final round of pool fixtures.
Their revival will have its biggest challenge yet on Saturday, as Munster come into the game following their 41-15 demolition of Gloucester and confidence flying high.
In team news, Munster’s Peter O’Mahony has been passed fit to play after popping a rib in the win last weekend, and he will captain the side from the flank.
Munster’s only change sees John Ryan come in for Stephan Archer, who in turn has a place on the bench.
Meaning Joey Carbery remains at No.10 following his 26 point man of the match performance last time out and will be looking to continue his fine form heading into the 6 Nations.
The Exeter Chiefs also have one change to their side with Harry Williams coming in for Tomas Francais, who misses out due to illness.
Jack Nowell starts at full-back, after England coach Eddie Jones claimed earlier in the week, that he may start him as an openside flanker during the 6 Nations.
The British & Irish Lion was awarded ‘Try of the Round’ for this effort last weekend against Castres.
#ICYMI @ExeterChiefs winger @nowellsy15 won Try of the Round (5) for this scintillating score 🔥— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) January 17, 2019
Back from injury, he hot-footed through the @CastresRugby to touch down in the opening minutes as Chiefs got back on track in the #ChampionsCup 💪
📝 ➡️ https://t.co/s1n4KBZwVm pic.twitter.com/EZx0ACXrZM
Here’s how the Chiefs will line up.
Chiefs director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has admitted the task his side face is a hard one, but everything is to fight for despite the challenge.
“We know we have to force that
four pointseparation of either a 4-0 or 5-1 victory. We’re very much aware of that and how tough that makes it for us. However, there is still something tangible there for us to go out and fight for”
Saturday evening will see two top sides battle it out for a quarter-final spot.
The reality is that Exeter must overcome their biggest challenge yet as they head to Thomond Park for the first time, but one thing is for sure Munster won’t have it all their own way.
We’ve made our prediction for the game and all the other Pool 6 Fixtures here, check them out and let us know what you think.
Watch the game live on BT Sport, Saturday 17:30.
Champions Cup Round 1 Fixtures Confirmed
The Champions Cup opening round fixtures have been announced and there are some big games to kick-off the tournament
The first round of Champions Cup fixtures has been confirmed for the 2019/20 season with the tournament to begin on the weekend of the 15th of November.
Reigning champions Saracens will begin their title defence with a tough away trip to Racing 92 in what is the last game of the weekend on Sunday November 17th.
Elsewhere, last season’s beaten finalists Leinster open their tournament with a home game against competition debutants Benetton on the Saturday, while Northampton Saints host Lyon in the other match in Pool 1.
The first game of what is the 25th edition of the tournament is the Pool 5 clash of Gloucester and Toulouse, as the reigning Top 14 champions look to go a step further than last season’s semi-final defeat to Leinster. Connacht play Montpellier in the groups other game on the Sunday.
The pool stages are set to finish on the second and third weekends of January, while the final itself takes place in the Stade de Marseille on May 23rd 2020.
Another Fijian Heads to Scotland
Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the signing of a Fijian star only two days after Edinburgh captured the signing of Mesulame Kunavula
Glasgow Warriors have announced the signing of Fijian hooker Mesu Dolokota on a two-year deal from Fijian Drua.
The 24-year-old was named in Fiji’s World Cup training squad last month and will join up with the Warriors following the conclusion of the tournament in Japan.
“I’m very happy to be joining Glasgow Warriors and I’m looking forward to playing in two of the best rugby competitions in the world. The opportunity to learn from such an experienced coaching team and play in such a successful team is very exciting for me. The club has a strong Fijian history and I hope I can be a big part of it going forward,” he said.
The hooker has nine international caps for Fiji as well as having experience in Super Rugby with the Brumbies in 2015 and Glasgow assistant coach John Dalziel is delighted to add more experience to the squad.
“Mesu is an exciting talent who will bring even more international experience to our front row. He isn’t your traditional front-row forward, he likes to bring a bit of Fijian flair to his game, but he can also do the basics very well and we’re excited to work with him when he shows up following international duty,” he said.
Dolokoto follows the footsteps of fellow Fijian Mesulame Kunavula, who joined Edinburgh only a couple of days ago and the PRO 14 can look forward to some Fijian flare next season.
Leinster Unveil New European and Alternative Jerseys
Leinster have revealed their European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season
Leinster have unveiled their new Adidas European and alternative jerseys for the 2019/20 season.
Leinster have revealed that the jersey has been inspired by meteorites that were once used to create iron spears and will be worn by the club for the next two seasons.
“The pattern of the Leinster Rugby European jersey takes inspiration from meteorites that fell from the sky and were used by the Laighin people to create their iron spear. These meteorite formations form the graphic design of the jersey paying homage to the tale of the metal of the Gods, providing bold and vibrant energy for Leinster Rugby’s European campaign,” they said on their official website.
The alternative jersey is a shade of purple with black strips horizontally across the shirt.
They have said that this jersey is inspired by the purple skyline that is seen across the east coach of Ireland.
“The Alternate jersey embodies the electric energy of Ireland’s east coast at night. The iconic purple skyline forms the colour inspiration for this season’s kit. Incorporating a twist on the traditional hoop design, the kit harnesses the vibrant energy of the province, whilst maintaining a classic look and feel,” they added.
As well as the two new jerseys Leinster will continue to wear their Adidas home jersey from the 2018/19 season for the season ahead.
You can view the full Leinster Range for the up coming season here.
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