All You Need To Know | Sharks v Munster
30th March 2023 By The Editor
Munster are in South Africa for our first Champions Cup game in the Rainbow Nation against Sharks in Durban this weekend.
Read the Munster team announcement here.
As requested by the EPCR, to avoid a kit clash Munster Rugby will be wearing our adidas Alternate kit with the hosts also wearing their Alternate kit. Munster’s 2022/23 range is available exclusively at Life Style Sports here.
Find out all you need to know ahead of the knock-out round of 16 game below.
Kings Park, Durban
Saturday, 12.30pm Irish time/1.30pm local
Live on BT Sport, beIN Sports, SuperSport & Flo Rugby
26°C, partly cloudy
Sharks: Boeta Chamberlain; Werner Kok, Lukhanyo Am, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Makazola Mapimpi; Curwin Bosch, Jaden Hendrikse; Ox Nché, Bongi Mbonambi, Thomas du Toit; Eben Etzebeth, Gerbrandt Grobler; Siya Kolisi (C), Vincent Tshituka, Sikumbuzo Notshe.
Replacements: Kerron van Vuuren, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Carlu Sadie, Emile van Heerden, Phepsi Buthelezi, Grant Williams, Ben Tapuai, Thaakir Abrahams.
Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Malakai Fekitoa, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Roman Salanoa; Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman; Peter O’Mahony (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Josh Wycherley, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Alex Kendellen.
Did you know?
This will be Munster’s first visit to the 52,000 capacity King’s Park stadium in Durban.
Sharks won three out of four games in the Pool stages. They beat Bordeaux home and away, including an impressive 19-16 victory at Stade Chaban-Delmas.
They beat the French side 32-3 at home and had two high-scoring games against Harlquins, winning 39-31 in King’s Park and losing 39-29 away.
Former Ireland U20 Head Coach Noel McNamara is the Sharks Attack and Backs Coach with former Munster players Thomas du Toit and Gerbrandt Grobler part of their squad.
Munster qualified for the round of 16 thanks to two victories over Northampton Saints, picking up losing bonus-points in narrow defeats to Toulouse.
Extra time and, if necessary, a place kick competition will feature in the event of tied matches during the knockout stage of the tournament.
The winner of Sharks v Munster will be away to Toulouse or home to Bulls in next week’s Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Hear from Head Coach Graham Rowntree and Calvin Nash ahead of the game.
Referee: Wayne Barnes
AR1: Tom Foley
AR2: Adam Leal
TMO: Stuart Terheege
Champions Cup Fixtures
(Pool stage rankings in brackets / All kick-offs local times)
Friday 31 March
Leicester Tigers (B4) v Edinburgh Rugby (A5), Mattioli Woods Welford Road (20.00)
Saturday 1 April
Cell C Sharks (A3) v Munster Rugby (B6), Hollywoodbets Kings Park (13.30)
DHL Stormers (B3) v Harlequins (A6), DHL Stadium (16.00)
Leinster Rugby (A1) v Ulster Rugby (B8), Aviva Stadium (17.30)
Stade Rochelais (B1) v Gloucester Rugby (A8), Stade Marcel Deflandre (18.30)
Sunday, April 2
Exeter Chiefs (A2) v Montpellier Hérault Rugby (B7), Sandy Park (12.30)
Saracens (A4) v Ospreys (B5), StoneX Stadium (15.00)
Stade Toulousain (B2) v Vodacom Bulls (A7), Le Stadium (16.00)