All You Need To Know | Ospreys v Munster
14th November 2019 By The Editor
Munster kick off the Champions Cup campaign away to Ospreys on Saturday at the Liberty Stadium with both sides eager to make a winning start in a Pool that also contains Saracens and Racing 92, who meet in Paris on Sunday.
Find out all you need to know ahead of #OSPvMUN below.
The Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Saturday, November 16, at 5.30pm
Live on BT Sport
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Munster and Ospreys were last drawn together in the Champions Cup Pool stages back in the 2010/11 season. Munster won 22-16 at Thomond Park with Ospreys securing a 19-15 victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Both sides will be named at midday on Friday.
Munster have made a very strong start to the Guinness PRO14 season with five wins in six games giving the province a three-point lead over Scarlets at the top of Conference B but that counts for little this weekend.
The Champions Cup provides a different challenge with an Ospreys side that has yet to hit top form this season well able to produce when it matters most.
The region were the top Welsh side in last year’s Guinness PRO14 and save their best performances for when their backs are against the wall.
Coached by former Ireland international Allen Clarke, Champions Cup qualification looked unlikely towards the end of last season but the Ospreys delivered when it mattered most to produce five wins on the bounce. A 21-10 play-off win over their biggest rivals Scarlets clinched the final Champions Cup spot.
A last-minute Arno Botha try gave Munster a bonus-point 28-12 victory when the sides met at Irish Independent Park last month and Ospreys will be desperate to reverse that scoreline in front of their home fans.
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Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan, captain Peter O’Mahony, Mike Haley and Tyler Bleyendaal all spoke to the media this week ahead of the game.
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Assistants: Ian Tempest (England) & Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Stuart Terheege (England)
Champions Cup Tickets
Saturday, November 23
Munster v Racing 92, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here
Saturday, December 7
Munster v Saracens, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here
Sunday, January 19
Munster v Ospreys, Thomond Park, 1pm; Buy tickets here