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Boffelli returns for Heineken Champions Cup opener



Boffelli – who didn’t feature against Munster last weekend – is named at full-back with Wes Goosen switching to the wing in place of the injured Darcy Graham (knee).

The capital side make one further change to the backline as James Lang (inside centre) comes in for Chris Dean. The club centurion remains in the graduated return to play protocol.

Scotland hooker Stuart McInally is once again fit and starts in the only alteration to the starting pack.

Elsewhere, wing Damien Hoyland is named among the replacements and could make his 100th appearance if called upon.

Local star Hoyland is one of Edinburgh’s longest tenured players and would become the club’s 38th centurion, joining capital flyers such as Derrick Lee, Simon Webster and Tim Visser in reaching the historic milestone.

Ahead of the clash of capitals, Head Coach Mike Blair said: “This is a massive challenge for us but it’s one this group of players are really savouring – and we’ve felt that in training all week.

“The players have been switched on, alert, ready to play and eager to make amends after the disappointment of Munster last weekend.”

He added: “We are well aware of the quality Saracens possess. They are a side full of confidence with options across the park, but we’ve got plenty of quality and experience in our squad too.

“We’re really excited to be back at the top table of European rugby and we’re looking forward to representing the city and our supporters in North London this Sunday.”

An experienced back-three unit sees Boffelli start at full-back alongside wingers Goosen and Duhan van der Merwe.

Lang and fellow Scotland internationalist Mark Bennett link-up in midfield as stand-off Blair Kinghorn and scrum-half Ben Vellacott once again combine at half-back.

Hooker McInally packs down alongside props Pierre Schoeman (loosedhead) and Luan de Bruin (tighthead) as Scotland locks Jamie Hodgson and Grant Gilchrist complete front-five.

An unchanged back-row sees Fijian star Viliame Mata (number 8) start alongside Scotland skipper Jamie Ritchie (blindside) and Luke Crosbie (openside).


Edinburgh Rugby team to face Saracens at StoneX Stadium in the Heineken Champions Cup
Sunday 11 December (kick-off 3.15pm) – live on ITV and BT Sport

15. Emiliano Boffelli (22)

14. Wes Goosen (4)
13. Mark Bennett (76)
12. James Lang (26)
11. Duhan van der Merwe (69)

10. Blair Kinghorn (124)
9. Ben Vellacott (26)

1. Pierre Schoeman (89)
2. Stuart McInally (170)
3. Luan de Bruin (15)
4. Jamie Hodgson (46)
5. Grant Gilchrist (180)
6. Jamie Ritchie (89)
7. Luke Crosbie (77)
8. Viliame Mata (102)


16. Patrick Harrison (8)
17. Boan Venter (34)
18. WP Nel (178)
19. Marshall Sykes (29)
20. Ben Muncaster (22)
21. Charlie Shiel (48)
22. Charlie Savala (19)
23. Damien Hoyland (99)

Unavailable: Dave Cherry, Chris Dean, Darcy Graham, Nick Haining, Cammy Hutchison, Henry Immelman, Adam McBurney, Sam Skinner, Hamish Watson.

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All You Need To Know | Barbarians Double-Header



The Munster Men’s and Women’s team will be in action this weekend in a historic double-header against the Barbarians.

Find out all you need to know ahead of the games below.

There will be a minute’s applause for Greig Oliver ahead of the men’s game following his tragic passing in July. Hawick RFC posted a lovely piece on a commemorative event that was recently held at the club here. Read our tribute to Greig here.


Thomond Park


The women’s game kicks off at 2pm and the men’s game starts at 4.30pm.


Tickets are available to purchase here from €20 for adults and €10 for juniors right up until kick off.

The best value tickets are the Family Packs of four tickets for just €40 which include 2 Adults & 2 Juniors tickets.


Live on Access Munster, brought to you by Pinergy – see full details here.

Did you know?

The URC trophy will be on display for photos behind the North Terrace.

The first-ever Barbarians Women’s game was played against Munster at Thomond Park in 2017.

The Munster men’s team have never faced the Barbarians.

Munster News

Ticket & Matchday Info

Access Munster Live Stream

Munster Men’s training gallery

Munster Women’s training gallery

Graham Rowntree Signs New Contract


All four sides will be named before lunchtime on Friday.

Press Pass

Hear from Munster Women’s Head Coach Niamh Briggs and Men’s Head Coach Graham Rowntree ahead of the games.

URC Tickets

Tickets for all Munster men’s home game for the 2023/24 campaign are available here.

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Cardiff announce signing of new fly-half



Cardiff Rugby have added further depth to their fly-half resources with the signing of former Wales Under-20s star Arwel Robson. 

The 26-year-old arrives from Cornish Pirates where he has spent the last two seasons after leaving Dragons RFC in 2021. 

Robson has already linked up with the first-team squad and is relishing the opportunity that lies ahead at Cardiff Arms Park. 

He said: “I’m incredibly excited to make the move to Cardiff. It’s an honour to be able to play at the Arms Park and I can’t wait to get the chance to run out here for the first time.

“I grew up on the terraces of the Arms Park, in a family of Cardiff season ticket holders and I was a ball boy for years so it is a club that means a huge amount to me and my family. 

“After speaking to Matt about the style of play he wants to utilise, I’m confident it will really suit me and also continue to bring my game on.

“I’m very grateful to everyone at Cornish Pirates for the opportunity and support they gave me in the past few years. 

“I’ve played a lot of rugby down there and feel I am returning to Wales a better player and I am looking forward to continuing my development at the Arms Park.

“Cardiff also have a reputation for developing talent and the progression of players from the academy right through to the senior national team is testament to that. 

“Now I am just looking forward to getting on the training pitch and competing for game-time.”

Robson will fight for a place at fly-half alongside fellow new signing Tinus de Beer, Ben Thomas and academy duo Harrison James and Harri Wilde.

He is the fourth signing this summer, following de Beer, Ciaran Parker and Rhys Litterick, and head coach Matt Sherratt is pleased to add to his fly-half resources. 

Sherratt said: “We are delighted have have signed Arwel for this season.  He has a good skill set, will challenge the line and having regular game time has improved his in game management.  

“He has played a significant amount with Cornish Pirates over the past two seasons which is a sign of a player who was willing to take himself out of his comfort zone to go to a new club and get regular game time.  It shows he is driven.  

“Added to that he has a connection with the region and a point to prove in the Welsh professional game. He gives us a bit more depth at 10 and has slotted in well to training.” 

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Spingbok loosehead joins DHL Stormers ranks



Loosehead prop Lizo Gqoboka has joined the DHL Stormers squad ahead of the 2023/24 season.

The 33-year-old Springbok front row forward has made the move to Cape Town and brings considerable experience with him.

Gqoboka only took up the game at the age of 19 and within two years had already secured his first professional contract. He has accumulated over 150 senior caps since then and made his Springbok debut in 2019.

DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson said that Gqoboka’s proven track record means he will be ready to hit the ground running when the season gets underway.

“Lizo is an experienced player who would be a valuable asset for any squad in what is an important position.

“He has already settled in well here in the pre-season and we are all looking forward to seeing what he can do when the season gets underway,” he said.

Gqoboka said that having played against the DHL Stormers many times in his career, he is excited about feeling the support of the Faithful.

“This is a great team with some incredible supporters and I can’t wait to run out in the blue and white jersey and give my all.

“My family and I have felt at home right away here, my teammates and the coaches have been so welcoming and I want to repay that when I get the chance to take the field as a DHL Stormer,” he said.

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