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Match Preview | Munster v London Irish

15th August 2018 By The Editor

Munster face London Irish in the first game of the Kearys Renault Series 2018 on Friday.

Munster face London Irish in the first game of the Kearys Renault Series 2018 on Friday.

The Munster squad to face London Irish on Friday night at Irish Independent Park in the Kearys Renault Series 2018 will be named by Head Coach Johann van Graan tomorrow.

The Munster squad to face London Irish on Friday night at Irish Independent Park in the Kearys Renault Series 2018 will be named by Head Coach Johann van Graan tomorrow.

An extended squad will be named for the clash with van Graan looking to give game-time to a large number of players as Munster step up their preparations for the new season.

The game will see Munster play on the new modified 3G pitch at Irish Independent Park for the first time with the surface installed by Tralee-based company PST Sport over the summer.

The bedding-in process of the new pitch is now underway with two games to be played at the venue in the Kearys Renault Series 2018 over the next 10 days.

The new pitch at Irish Independent Park is currently bedding in.

The new pitch at Irish Independent Park is currently bedding in.

Friday night’s game will cap off the squad’s seventh week of pre-season with a clash against the Exeter Chiefs to follow on Friday week in Irish Independent Park.

The Guinness PRO14 campaign kicks off against the Cheetahs at Thomond Park on Saturday, September 1 (5.15pm).

Munster and London Irish will be competing for the Jack Wakefield Memorial Trophy on Friday night, which is contested every time that London Irish play an Irish province in a friendly match. The trophy is named in honour of a young London Irish supporter who passed away in 2005.

The game will see a familiar face return to Leeside in the shape of former Munster Head Coach Declan Kidney, now Director of Rugby of London Irish.

Kidney coached Munster from 1998-2002, and again from 2005-2008, leading Munster to two Heineken Cup titles during his tenure. As Ireland Head Coach, he led Ireland to Grand Slam glory in 2009.

The move to London has seen him reunited with former Ulster coach Les Kiss, who worked with Kidney previously as part of the Irish international set up.

2018 Kearys Renault Series Fixtures

Friday, August 17

Munster v London Irish, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm;

Friday, August 24

Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm;

Tickets

Buy tickets online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103.

2 Match Packs

Adult: €25 (admission to both games)

Junior: €8 (admission to both games)

Family – 2 adults and 2 juniors: €50 (admission to both games)

Individual Game Tickets

Adult: €15

Junior: €5

Family – 2 adults and 2 juniors: €30

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