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Ulster ready for match-up against Munster

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Meeting for the first time since Ulster’s 36-17 victory over Munster in last season’s URC quarter-final at Kingspan Stadium, the Ulster men are this time on the road to Thomond Park to face their Interpro rivals in Round 7 of the BKT United Rugby Championship on Saturday (KO 5 15pm).

With a week of preparation and recovery under their belts, Ulster will be looking to build on a significant win over the Emirates Lions in South Africa with another performance away from home, this week against Graham Rowntree’s side.

Now in the habit of historic wins, with last season seeing Ulster pick-up wins at Stade Marcel-Michelin, the RDS and Stadium de Toulouse, Dan McFarland’s men will be looking to put recent challenges behind them to come home with a win, which would be the first at Thomond Park for the province since 2014.

Sitting second in the table with 21 points, and a postponed game still to play, Ulster currently have the lead on this week’s home team who, after a number of setbacks early in the season, are placed eleventh in the league table.

On this, Head Coach, Dan McFarland, said:

“A team like Munster has certain qualities that don’t go away. They might not have played their best rugby in the first part of the season, but there are strands within their game that make them extremely competitive, and I expect nothing less at the weekend.

“There is a reason they are so strong at home, and we’ll be expecting exactly that. It’s going to be a great challenge to get a win, but that’s a goal of ours.”

John Andrew set to hit 100 caps off the bench

Replacement hooker, John Andrew, will hit the 100 caps milestone for the province if called upon, as new signing, Rory Sutherland, who is also named among the forward replacements looks set to make his debut in the Ulster shirt.

Captain, Alan O’Connor, will once again lead the side alongside Wallaby, Sam Carter, in a second row that remains unchanged from the 37-39 victory in Ellis Park a fortnight ago.

Ulster born and bred, Andy Warwick, is selected at loosehead prop with Marty Moore, who last week received the call-up for next Friday’s Ireland ‘A’ fixture against the All Blacks XV, at tighthead prop, and hooker, Tom Stewart, who returns to more local shores after touring with the victorious Emerging Ireland squad, completing the front row.

22-year-old David McCann and this season’s new recruit, Sean Reffell, will start alongside the experience of Springbok number eight, Duane Vermeulen, to complete the pack.

Nathan Doak, who recently played opposite his childhood hero Ruan Pienaar in the Emerging Ireland victory over the Toyota Cheetahs, is named at scrum half, and partners Billy Burns, who scored one of Ulster’s five tries in the province’s recent fast-paced win in South Africa.

Looking to repeat his Player of the Match performance against Munster in a win that saw Ulster into last season’s URC semi-final will be James Hume, as he makes his return from an injury picked-up on international duty in New Zealand during the summer. Similar to teammate, Marty Moore, he will be involved in next Friday’s Ireland ‘A’ game, and partners up with Luke Marshall, who has been in fine form since making his own comeback from injury.

Saturday’s starting line-up is completed by a youthful back three made up of Ethan McIlroy, Ben Moxham and Stewart Moore, who come in with an average age of 22.

Alongside John Andrew and Rory Sutherland, forward cover on the bench comes from Gareth Milasinovich, Cormac Izuchukwu, and Jordi Murphy. On the bench for the backs are John Cooney, Angus Curtis, and Craig Gilroy.

Ulster team to play Munster, BKT United Rugby Championship Round 7, Saturday 29 October at Thomond Park (KO 5 15pm) live on RTÉ, Premier Sports &

(15-9): Stewart Moore, Ben Moxham, James Hume, Luke Marshall, Ethan McIlroy, Billy Burns, Nathan Doak;

(1-8): Andy Warwick, Tom Stewart, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor (Captain), Sam Carter, David McCann, Sean Reffell, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: John Andrew, Rory Sutherland, Gareth Milasinovich, Cormac Izuchukwu, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Angus Curtis, Craig Gilroy.

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Squad Update | Preparations Continue For Glasgow At Thomond



The Munster squad continued their training schedule at the HPC on Monday morning as preparations continue for Saturday evening’s vital URC clash against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park (5.15pm).

It is our final home game of the URC regular season with tickets available here.

See the state of play in the URC ahead of round 16 here.

On the senior international front, Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray helped Ireland to a Grand Slam-clinching victory over England in Dublin on Saturday.

Tadhg Beirne, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley and Dave Kilcoyne also featured during the successful campaign. Joey Carbery, Gavin Coombes, Keith Earls and Roman Salanoa were part of the squad at different stages over the past two months.

Ben Healy made his Scotland debut as a replacement on Saturday, steering the team to victory over Italy at Murrayfield.

Academy player Ruadhán Quinn (Old Crescent) and fellow Munster men Brian Gleeson (Garryowen) and Danny Sheahan (UCC) helped the Ireland U20s to their second Grand Slam in-a-row with a victory over England at Musgrave Park on Sunday. Gleeson picked up his second Player of the Match award of the campaign after another excellent display.

Academy man Evan O’Connell (UL Bohemian) and Jacob Sheahan (UCC) also featured over the campaign with Academy player Jack Oliver (Garryowen) and Conall Henchy (DUFC) part of the squad.

Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Jack Crowley, Dave Kilcoyne, Roman Salanoa and Ben Healy have returned to training at the HPC ahead of Munster v Glasgow.

Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray are on a down week after both playing in all five games of Ireland’s 6 Nations campaign and will return to the HPC next week.

There is good news on the injury front for Tom Ahern (shoulder) and Mike Haley (ankle) as they both return to full team training this week.

On the Academy front, there is a similarly positive injury update for Edwin Edogbo (ankle) as he also returns to full team training.

Continuing to rehab: Niall Scannell (shoulder), Liam Coombes (thigh), Jeremy Loughman (thigh), Keith Earls (calf), Tadhg Beirne (ankle), Liam O’Connor (neck), Chris Moore (neck), Eoin O’Connor (shoulder), Paddy Kelly (head), Jack Daly (knee), Andrew Conway (knee).


URC Round 16 – Saturday, March 25

Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

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Munster Rugby Unveil Plans For Limerick Centre of Excellence



Munster Rugby have submitted a planning application to Limerick City and County Council for the development of a new sports facility in Rosbrien, Limerick.

The proposed new facility would be built primarily for Munster’s underage and development sides, and the surrounding community with local clubs, schools and community groups set to benefit.

Incorporated into the plan is an indoor full-size pitch; a state-of-the-art artificial full-size pitch and grass training pitch, both of which will be floodlit; a gym; clubhouse and administration building. The proposal also makes provision for an amenity walkway, greenspace, secure bicycle parking and limited parking.

This development is hailed as a major expansion of the sports facilities available to the grassroots game and the sporting community across the province, and it will be available for use to a wide range of clubs, schools, and organisations in the region and beyond.

The province, with a base for the elite game at the High Performance Centre in the University of Limerick, is already progressing with a Centre of Excellence in Musgrave Park with work to commence later this year, and last year partnered with Fethard Town Park in establishing a Regional Centre of Excellence.

Commenting on the exciting plans, Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan said, “We are always looking to develop our infrastructure across the province in ensuring we can develop and resource our grassroots game leading to further participation in sport.

“This is an ongoing strategic objective of ours and we believe a facility such as this, in the heartland of Limerick, will hugely benefit the local clubs and schools and ensure young people have access to world class facilities.

“The plans we are submitting will not only benefit rugby, but this development will also improve the sporting and recreational facilities available to the surrounding community and we are hopeful of a positive planning outcome.”

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Squad Update | Preparations Begin For Glasgow At Thomond



The Munster team have started preparations for our URC round 16 clash against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday, March 25, at Thomond Park (5.15pm).

You can purchase a Family Pack of four tickets for €40 with adult tickets from €20 available here.

Fourth-placed Glasgow are two points and one place ahead of Munster in the URC table.

See the state of play in the race for the URC play-offs here.

There were four Munster players in action for Ireland and the Ireland U20s in Scotland at the weekend with both sides aiming to win a Grand Slam on home soil next weekend.

Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray started for the Ireland senior men as they won at Murrayfield to make it four wins from four ahead of Ireland v England in Dublin next Saturday (5pm).

Player of the Match Ruadhán Quinn and Evan O’Connell were the Munster Academy members in action for the Ireland U20s along with fellow Munster men Brian Gleeson and Danny Sheahan. Quinn scored a hat-trick of tries and Sheahan also touched down.

Their Grand Slam decider against England at Musgrave Park takes place on Sunday at 5pm with the game selling out weeks in advance.

In player news, it was confirmed last week that Malakai Fekitoa will join Benetton at the end of the season on completion of his Munster contract.

French club Oyonnax have announced the signing of Chris Farrell after the centre departed the province earlier this month.

Final Home Game Of Regular Season

Saturday, March 25

URC Round 16: Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets from €20 here

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