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All You Need To Know | Cardiff Blues v Munster

24th February 2021 By The Editor

Damian de Allende in action against Cardiff Blues earlier this season.

Damian de Allende in action against Cardiff Blues earlier this season. Inpho

Munster face their third away game in-a-row on Friday night in Cardiff as Johann van Graan’s side look to maintain their nine-point lead at the top of Guinness PRO14 Conference B.

Munster face their third away game in-a-row on Friday night in Cardiff as Johann van Graan’s side look to maintain their nine-point lead at the top of Guinness PRO14 Conference B.

Where?

Cardiff Arms Park

When?

Friday, 8pm

Broadcast

Live on TG4, eir Sport, Premier Sports & S4C.

Munster News

Team Announcement

Gallery

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Squad Update

Teams

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Owen lane, Mason Grady, Rey Lee-Lo, Aled Summerhill; Ben Thomas, Jamie Hill; Corey Domachowski, Kirby Myhill, Dimitri Arhip; Seb Davies, Rory Thornton; Shane Lewis-Hughes, Elliis Jenkins, Josh Turnbull (C).

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Theo Bevacqua, Kieron Assiratti, James Ratti, Olly Robinson, Lewis Jones, Max Llewellyn, Dan Fish.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Rory Scannell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Nick McCarthy; James Cronin, Kevin O’Byrne, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Liam O’Connor, Roman Salanoa, Billy Holland, Gavin Coombes, Paddy Patterson, Joey Carbery, Darren Sweetnam.

Did you know?

This will be Cardiff’s first PRO14 game at the Arms Park in 12 months. The ground became part of the Millennium Stadium’s field hospital complex in March with the Blues playing their home games at the Cardiff City Stadium and Rodney Parade.

Preview

There is plenty on the line for both sides when Munster and Cardiff clash on Friday night as the hosts play their first game on the Arms Park artificial pitch in a year.

Johann van Graan’s side will be eager to maintain their nine-point lead at the top of the Conference that will earn a place in next month’s final while Cardiff are chasing a spot in next year’s Champions Cup.

A place in the top four will secure a place for Cardiff among Europe’s elite next year and they currently occupy fourth but fifth-placed Edinburgh have two games in hand and lie just seven points behind the Welsh side.

Cardiff have a new Director of Rugby in place since January as Dai Young returned to the club following the departure of Head Coach John Mulvihill.

Former Wales skipper Young was first in charge at the Arms Park for nine years from 2002 to 2011, before moving to Wasps.

Munster were 38-27 winners over Cardiff when the sides met at Thomond Park in October.

Match Officials

Referee: Adam Jones (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Ben Whitehouse, Dan Jones (both WRU)

TMO: Sean Brickell (WRU)

Video | Press Pass

Hear from Munster Defence Coach JP Ferreira and prop Liam O’Connor ahead of the game.

Highlights | Munster v Cardiff Blues

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