All You Need To Know | Munster v Connacht
26th August 2020 By The Editor
It’s crunch time in the Guinness PRO14 as Munster need to pick up at least two points from Sunday afternoon’s Interpro derby against Connacht to qualify for a semi-final against Leinster the following weekend.
Munster will be wearing the new adidas European kit for the first time, you can pre-order from Life Style Sports here.
Aviva Stadium (behind closed doors)
Did you know?
This will be the first ever meeting Munster and Connacht at the Aviva Stadium/Lansdowne Road.
Read the Munster team announcement here.
Munster: Shane Daly; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Chris Cloete, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Jack O’Donoghue, Craig Casey, Rory Scannell, Jack O’Sullivan.
Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran; Colm de Buitléar, Sammy Arnold, Tom Daly, Matt Healy; Conor Fitzgerald, Caolin Blade; Paddy McAllister, Shane Delahunt, Dominic Robertson-McCoy; Niall Murray, Quinn Roux (C); Eoghan Masterson, Conor Oliver, Abraham Papali’i.
Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Conor Kenny, Matthew Burke, Ultan Dillane, Seán Masterson, Stephen Kerins, Peter Robb, Conor Dean.
Hear from Munster Senior Coach Stephen Larkham and out-half JJ Hanrahan ahead of the game below.
Munster’s task is simple on Sunday: win and they are in the semi-finals. Of course, it’s never easy when you’re playing a derby and especially against an opponent full of beans after such an impressive victory last weekend.
The province’s four-game winning run in all competitions ended with their narrow defeat to Leinster on Saturday with Connacht winning three of their last four Guinness PRO14 matches.
New signing Damian de Allende enjoyed an impressive debut against Leinster with centre partner Chris Farrell winnning the Man of the Match award.
JJ Hanrahan, Man of the Match when Munster beat Connacht at the Sportsground in December, and CJ Stander were also among the top performers in the 27-25 defeat.
Dangerous wingers Andrew Conway and Keith Earls were both on the scoresheet against Leinster with Conway dotting down twice.
Last weekend Connacht beat Ulster at Aviva Stadium, their first victory at the venue since beating Leinster there in 1985.
In Hanrahan, Munster have the league’s top points-scorer this season with 111 and they top the Fairplay league – with just four sin-bins all campaign.
The game will be live on eir Sport, Premier Sports 2, DAZN & pro14.tv with deferred coverage on TG4.
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU, 34th competition game);
Assistant Referees: Sean Gallagher & Chris Busby (both IRFU).