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Team Named | Munster Side To Face Edinburgh

December 1, 2022 11:59 am By The Editor

Rory Scannell keeps his place in the side.

Rory Scannell keeps his place in the side. Inpho

The Munster team has been named for Friday night’s clash against Edinburgh at the DAM Health Stadium (7.35pm, live on TG4 & Premier Sports).

John Ryan starts on his 200th Munster appearance becoming the 13th player to reach the landmark, joining team-mates Stephen Archer and Dave Kilcoyne in the 200 club.

There are five personnel changes and one positional switch to the side that secured a bonus-point win against Connacht last time out.

In the backline, Shane Daly moves to full-back and Simon Zebo comes into the side on the wing.

There are four changes in the pack as Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and Ryan come in to the front row with Gavin Coombes starting at no.8.

Full-back Daly, Calvin Nash and Zebo make up the back three.

Rory Scannell and Antoine Frisch continue their centre partnership with half-backs Craig Casey and Joey Carbery also unchanged.

Loughman, Scannell and Ryan start in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne keeping their places in the engine room.

Captain Peter O’Mahony and John Hodnett are joined by Coombes in the back row.

Greencore Munster Rugby Academy back three player Patrick Campbell is included among the replacements and set to make his sixth appearance of the season.

Find out all you need to know ahead of the game here.

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Jack O’Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Jack Crowley, Patrick Campbell.

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Hear from Forwards Coach Andi Kyriacou and Calvin Nash ahead of the game.


Champions Cup Round 1

Sunday, December 11

Munster Rugby v Stade Toulousain, Thomond Park, 3.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 10

Monday, December 26

Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 12

Friday, January 6

Munster v Emirates Lions, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

Champions Cup Round 3

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Munster Rugby v Northampton Saints, Thomond Park, 3.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 14

Friday, February 17, 2023

Munster Rugby v Ospreys, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 15

Friday, March 3, 2023

Munster Rugby v Scarlets, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 16

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

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Report | Big Comeback Win For Munster In Edinburgh

December 2, 2022 10:13 pm By The Editor

Peter O’Mahony lays a jersey in memory of Doddie Weir before the game.

Peter O’Mahony lays a jersey in memory of Doddie Weir before the game. Inpho

Munster came back from 17-7 down to score 31 unanswered points for a vital 38-17 victory away to Edinburgh on Friday night.

It was an excellent team performance with Craig Casey, Rory Scannell, Calvin Nash, Gavin Coombes and Joey Carbery scoring the Munster tries with Carbery perfect off the tee.

Jean Kleyn was named BKT URC Player of the Match after another huge shift from the Munster lock.

Ahead of a minute’s applause before kick-off, Munster captain Peter O’Mahony and Edinburgh captain Grant Gilchrist lay out jerseys bearing the number 5 in honour of the great Doddie Weir, who sadly passed away last week. You can donate to Doddie’s foundation here.

Edinburgh led 7-0 after just three minutes as Luke Crosbie broke through the Munster defence far too easily and passed for Chris Dean to score under the posts with Blair Kinghorn converting.

It was all Edinburgh early on. Peter O’Mahony came up with an important lineout steal and Antoine Frisch ripped the ball in the tackle before  200-cap man John Ryan came up with a huge breakdown penalty to relive the pressure.

Darcy Graham intercepted a Carbery pass and ran 55 metres to score in the right corner to increase the lead. Kinghorn’s conversion hit the post but Edinburgh led 12-0 after 20 minutes.

Munster nearly came up with the perfect response as Calvin Nash raced up to collect Carbery’s restart and offloaded to Frisch who found Kleyn. Munster were five metres from the line but a handling error lost possession and Edinburgh escaped.

The Munster maul provided the platform for the comeback with Casey sniping over for the first Munster try on 23 minutes with Carbery converting to make it 12-7.

Edinburgh increased their lead through Jamie Ritchie as stretched to score the third Edinburgh try after a looping Blair Kinghorn run.

Th teams looked to be going in at half-time with Edinburgh leading 17-7 but Frisch set up Rory Scannell with a beautifully delayed pass as Scannell picked a great line and ran in under the posts. Carbery converted and it was 17-14 at half-time.

Munster came flying out of the blocks after the break and led for the first time when Carbery slipped Nash through a gap and the winger took a brilliant line and raced through to score. Carbery converted and Munster were 21-17 ahead.

A high tackle on Carbery gave Munster another opportunity as the out-half kicked to the right corner. O’Mahony dropped the lineout but Munster kept possession with Niall Scannell on the charge but Ritchie came up with a big steal when Nash was tackled metres short of the line.

Replacement scrum-half Paddy Patterson came on just past 50 minutes and made an immediate impact with his elusive running creating space. Gavin Coombes benefitted and was in for the fourth Munster try on 52 minutes as he ran through three defenders to score from eight metres after Patterson’s zippy delivery. Carbery’s conversion made it 28-17 to Munster.

Diarmuid Barron showed great pace to reach the loose ball when Edinburgh chipped over the top as the hosts steadied the ship and looked to generate momentum of their own.

It was Munster who scored next as Edinburgh were penalised for taking out the scrum-half and Carbery continued his perfect night off the tee to give Munster a 14-point lead, 31-17.

Replacement Roman Salanoa was held up over the line after a thrilling Munster attack started by Patrick Campbell with Shane Daly also involved. Carbery passed for Salanoa to charge at the line but the Edinburgh defence were able to hold him up on the line.

The Munster maul defence came to the rescue with 10 minutes to go and Carbery rounded off a fine night with a neat finish in the final play to cap off a memorable victory.

URC Round 9 Round-Up

John Ryan made his 200th Munster appearance.

Academy player Patrick Campbell made his sixth appearance of the season.

Simon Zebo limped off early in the second half and will be assessed by the medical team.

Jean Kleyn was named BKT URC Player of the Match.

Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell (Jack Crowley, 57), Simon Zebo (Patrick Campbell, 45); Joey Carbery, Craig Casey (Paddy Patterson, 51); Jeremy Loughman (Josh Wycherley, 66), Niall Scannell (Diarmuid Barron, 51), John Ryan (Roman Salanoa, 66); Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C) (Jack O’Donoghue, 64), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes (Alex Kendellen, 57)

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