All You Need To Know | Wasps v Munster
10th December 2021 By The Editor
Munster return to competitive action on Sunday when they travel to Coventry to take on Wasps in Round 1 of this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.
This will be Munster’s first match in seven weeks after the province’s two United Rugby Championship fixtures against the Bulls and the Lions were postponed.
Munster will be wearing their European kit for this fixture which is available for just €50/€45 for a limited time exclusively from Life Style Sports here.
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry.
Sunday, December 12, 3.15pm
This game is live on BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
Munster: Patrick Campbell; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Scott Buckley, James French; Eoin O’Connor, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), John Hodnett, Daniel Okeke.
Replacements: Declan Moore, Mark Donnelly, Roman Salanoa, John Forde, Conor Moloney, Ethan Coughlan, Tony Butler, Jonathan Wren.
Wasps: Marcus Watson, Zach Kibirige, Michael Le Bourgeois, Jimmy Gopperth, Josh Bassett, Jacob Umaga, Sam Wolstenholme; Tom West, Dan Frost, Biyi Alo, Sebastian de Chaves, Elliott Stooke, Alfie Barbeary, Brad Shields (c), Tom Willis
Replacements: Gabriel Oghre, Robin Hislop, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Tim Cardall, Nizaam Carr, Thomas Young, Will Porter, Francois Hougaard
Did You Know?
Munster and Wasps last faced off in Coventry back in November 2007 with the hosts, who were European champions at the time, recording a 24-23 victory.
A 19-3 win for Munster in the final Pool game at Thomond Park knocked Wasps out of the competition as Munster topped a pool that also contained Clermont Auvergne.
Rarely have the weeks building up to a Champions Cup tie revolved so little around the match itself.
Rugby has been very much secondary in recent weeks as 14 Munster players and staff have been quarantining in Cape Town with a further 34 quarantining at home in Ireland since last Wednesday.
A squad of internationals, players returning from injury and young players from our National Talent and Provincial Talent squads have been training at the HPC in the interim ahead of the game.
All eyes will be on Friday’s team announcement with a number of young players set to be handed their senior debuts.
Hear from Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan, captain Peter O’Mahony and Academy Manager Ian Costello ahead of the game.
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Vincent Blasco Baqué (France) and Stephane Boyer (France)
TMO: Denis Grenouillet (France)