Munster Preparing For Vital Double-Header
10th January 2018 By The Editor
Munster travel to Paris on Sunday afternoon for a crucial Champions Cup clash against Racing 92 in pool four with quarter-final qualification on the line (4.15pm local, 3.15pm Irish – live on Sky Sports).
The squad returned to training at the High Performance Centre in UL yesterday with Munster A also in action this weekend as they travel to Nottingham on Friday night in the British and Irish Cup (7.45pm).
Two vital weekends of Champions Cup rugby lie ahead as, following the Racing game this weekend, Munster host Castres Olympique at Thomond Park on Sunday week in their final pool clash – tickets are available for that game here.
A win for the unbeaten visitors over Racing 92 on Sunday at the U Arena in the first Champions Cup game to be played at the new stadium will see Munster through to the knockout stage for a record 17th time.
Former Munster man Donnacha Ryan will be looking to mastermind a win over his old club as part of the Racing pack with another ex-Munster man, Casey Laulala, now the club’s Skills Coach following the departure of Ronan O’Gara to the Crusaders.
Former All Black Dan Carter is one of many famous names among a star-studded Racing squad as the French club look to reverse a poor run of form against Munster.
The clubs have met five times previously and while Racing won the first encounter in the 2012/13 season, Munster have won all four fixtures since including a 14-7 victory earlier this season.
Despite losing home and away to Munster last year, Racing 92 have won seven of their last nine home games in Europe, never conceding more than 18 points in those seven victories.
Ian Keatley is the top scorer between the sides with 37 Champions Cup points so far this campaign and the top two ball carriers in the competition could face each other as CJ Stander has made a competition high 71 carries, with Leone Nakarawa just one behind on 70.
Next home game | Champions Cup: Munster v Castres Olympique, Thomond Park, Sunday January 21, 1pm.
Tickets available online, in our Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park ticket offices (Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm), or by calling 061 421103.