All You Need To Know | Munster v Benetton
22nd March 2022 By The Editor
Munster return to Musgrave Park for the first league game in Cork since February 2020 in a vital United Rugby Championship clash against Benetton Rugby this Friday night (7.35pm).
Find out all you need to know ahead of the game below.
Friday, March 25, at 7.35pm
Live on URC TV (subscribe here), TG4 Premier Sports & Mediaset.
Munster: Matt Gallagher; Shane Daly, Damian de Allende, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Scott Buckley, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Jason Jenkins, Jack O’Sullivan, Neil Cronin, Jake Flannery, Chris Farrell.
Benetton Rugby: Andries Coetzee; Ratuva Tavuyara, Joaquin Riera, Tommaso Menoncello, Rhyno Smith; Tomas Albornoz, Dewaldt Duvenage (C); Ivan Nemer, Tomas Baravalle, Nahuel Tetaz; Irné Herbst, Carl Wegner; Sebastian Negri, Manuel Zuliani, Toa Halafihi.
Replacements: Matteo Drudi, Federico Zani, Simone Ferrari, Niccolò Cannone, Matteo Meggiato, Callum Braley, Giacomo Da Re, Thomas Benvenuti.
After picking up two losing bonus points on the two-game tour to South Africa, Munster host Benetton on Friday night keen to get back to winning ways as we enter the business end of the season.
The province have just five games left in the regular season as the race for the top eight heats up. Along with the Benetton clash, Munster will face Leinster (H), Ulster (A), Cardiff (H) and Leinster (A) before the end of the season with every point vital as we look to earn a URC quarter-final.
Munster’s only defeat in their last fourteen fixtures in Cork was an 18-16 loss to Edinburgh in November 2019 with the province on a nine-game winning streak at home.
Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes and Jeremy Loughman are all vying for selection having returned from international duty this week with Jason Jenkins also available after recovering from an abdomen injury.
Hear from Senior Coach Stephen Larkham and flanker John Hodnett ahead of the game.
Match programmes will be available to purchase at the ground on matchday.
Referee: Craig Evans
Assistant Referees: Eoghan Cross & Stuart Gaffikin
TMO: Eric Gauzin
Upcoming Home Games
Friday, March 25
URC: Munster v Benetton Rugby, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here
Saturday, April 2
URC: Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 7pm; Buy tickets here
Saturday, April 16
Champions Cup Round of 16: Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Thomond Park, 3pm; Buy tickets here
Friday, April 29
URC: Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here