All You Need To Know | Munster v Saracens
4th December 2019 By The Editor
We are back at Thomond Park on Saturday evening for another huge Champions Cup clash as European champions Saracens visit Limerick.
Find out all you need to know ahead of #MUNvSAR below.
Match tickets are available here and from Thomond Park on matchday from 9am to kick-off..
Goal-line seating has been installed at Thomond Park. When purchasing tickets online, please note that the additional pitchside seats are labelled NRTHG and STHG (‘North goal-line’ and ‘South goal-line’).
Saturday, December 7, 5.30pm
Did you know?
After drawing only one game in the first 22 years of Champions Cup action, Munster have drawn three games in the past three seasons.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony (C), CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Nick McCarthy, Sammy Arnold, Arno Botha.
Saracens: Matt Gallagher; Rotimi Segun, Alex Lozowski, Brad Barritt (C), Alex Lewington; Manu Vunipola, Ben Spencer; Richard Barrington, Jack Singleton, Titi Lamositele; Will Skelton, Maro Itoje; Nick Isiekew, Ben Earl, Jackson Wray.
Replacements: Kapeli Pifeleti, Rhys Carre, Josh Ibuanokpe, Joel Kpoku, Sean Reffell, Tom Whiteley, Max Malins, Nick Tompkins.
It’s a pivotal game in Pool 4 as Munster are currently tied with Racing 92 at the top of the pool on seven points apiece with Saracens third on five points.
Munster go into the game on the back of a narrow Guinness PRO14 loss to Edinburgh as Head Coach Johann van Graan made 14 changes to the side that drew with Racing 92 two weeks ago.
Saracens enjoyed the perfect preparation as their internationals returned in a 25-12 win away to Bath as Owen Farrell kicked 20 points.
Mark McCall’s side have won four from five in the Premiership this season and their last Champions Cup fixture was a 44-3 victory over Ospreys.
Saracens have won 14 of their 23 fixtures against Irish opposition in the Champions Cup, and only Toulouse (P34 W16) have won more matches against the provinces.
Munster are unbeaten in their last six pool games against Premiership opposition (W5, D1), winning their last three in a row.
Saracens lost their last away game against Racing 92 in Round 1, however, they have not lost consecutive away games in a Champions Cup campaign since 2005/06.
Munster have missed just 31 tackles in the tournament this season, fewer than any other club.
CJ Stander has made 47 carries after two rounds, 10 more than any other player in the competition.
Mike Haley made 119 metres and beat eight defenders in the draw with Racing 92, the best in both categories in Round 2/
Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant referees: Pierre Brousset & Vincent Blasco
TMO: Denis Grenouillet
Live on BT Sport
Video | Press Pass
JJ Hanrahan, Head Coach Johann van Graan, CJ Stander and Peter O’Mahony look ahead to the game.
Video | Keith Earls Champions Cup Player Profile
Champions Cup Tickets
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