All You Need To Know | Munster v Cardiff Blues
4th April 2019 By The Editor
Munster return to Guinness PRO14 action on Friday night as in-form Cardiff Blues visit Irish Independent Park for a 7.35pm kick-off.
It will be the final game in Cork this season and tickets are available online here.
Read the Munster team announcement here.
Check out all event information here.
See this week’s best training photos here.
Cardiff Blues are the last visiting side to beat Munster at Irish Independent Park with the Welsh club emerging with a one-point win in September 2016.
The Blues have been victorious at Irish Independent Park on four previous occasions in the Guinness PRO14, no other visiting side has managed more than two wins there.
They have won five of their last six games and beat both Scarlets and at Edinburgh away from home in recent months. Cardiff have won their last two matches against Munster, both at the Arms Park.
Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final win away to Edinburgh last weekend saw the province make it nine wins in 10 games.
Johann van Graan’s men have won their last twelve home games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last 19 games at home, a record stretching back to December 2017.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Arno Botha, Chris Cloete.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Tadhg Beirne, CJ Stander, Alby Mathewson, JJ Hanrahan, Sammy Arnold.
Cardiff Blues: Gareth Anscombe; Owen Lane, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Aled Summerhill; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Rhys Gill, Kristian Dacey (C), Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Rory Thornton, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Josh Turnbull, Olly Robinson.
Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Brad Thyer, Keiron Assiratti, George Earle, James Botham, Lloyd Williams, Garyn Smith, Matthew Morgan.
Keith Earls, Niall Scannell and Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan spoke to the media this week ahead of the clash. Hear from the trio below.
Referee: Marius Mitrea (FIR)
Assistant Referees: Andrea Piardi & Gianluca Gnecchi (both FIR)
TMO: Stefano Penne (FIR)