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Team News | Munster Side To Face Ospreys

March 21, 2024 11:48 am By The Editor

Mike Haley has started all 100 of his Munster appearances at full-back.

Mike Haley has started all 100 of his Munster appearances at full-back. Inpho

The Munster team has been named for Friday night’s URC Round 12 clash against Ospreys in Swansea (7.35pm, live on TG4 & Premier Sports).

There are three changes to the side that beat Zebre at Virgin Media Park last time out as Joey Carbery and Rory Scannell come into the backline and John Hodnett starts in the pack.

It will be a proud day for Mike Haley as he makes his 100th appearance and 100th start for Munster at full-back.

Alex Kendellen captains the side with Jack O’Donoghue among the replacements on his return from injury as four Academy players are included in the squad.

Haley, Seán O’Brien and Shane Daly start in an unchanged back three with Scannell coming in to partner Antoine Frisch in midfield.

Craig Casey is joined by Carbery in the half-backs.

Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell and John Ryan keep their places in the front row with Tom Ahern and RG Snyman continuing their second-row partnership.

John Hodnett returns from injury to start alongside Kendellen and Gavin Coombes in the back row.

Eoghan Clarke, Jeremy Loughman and Stephen Archer provide the front row back-up with Jack O’Donoghue and Academy back-row Ruadhán Quinn completing the forward cover.

Academy trio Ethan Coughlan, Tony Butler and Shay McCarthy are the backline replacements.

Munster: Mike Haley; Seán O’Brien, Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Tom Ahern, RG Snyman; John Hodnett, Alex Kendellen (C), Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Eoghan Clarke, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Jack O’Donoghue, Ruadhán Quinn, Ethan Coughlan, Tony Butler, Shay McCarthy.

Press Pass

Hear from Niall Scannell and Head Coach Graham Rowntree ahead of the game.


URC Round 13: Saturday, March 30

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

Women’s 6 Nations Round 3: Saturday, April 13

Ireland v Wales, Virgin Media Park, 4.45pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 16: Saturday, May 11

Munster v Connacht, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 18: Saturday, June 1

Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

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Report | Bonus-Point Win For Munster In Wales

March 22, 2024 10:14 pm By The Editor

Report | Bonus-Point Win For Munster In Wales

RG Snyman was among the try scorers as Munster secured a 17-27 win over Ospreys in Swansea ©INPHO

Munster secured their third consecutive bonus-point win in the URC after defeating Ospreys 17-27 in Swansea.

BKT Player of the Match Seán O’Brien, scoring for the third URC game in a row, crossed for two tries while winger Shane Daly, who also scored last time out against Zebre, and lock RG Snyman got the other tries as Munster made it three wins in a row in the competition.

Ospreys, who had only lost once at home this season, enjoyed greater possession in the opening quarter but Munster made the most of everything they created and raced into a 0-19 lead after just 17 minutes.

Mike Haley, celebrating his 100th appearance for Munster, set up Daly for the opening score in the left corner after three minutes, with Joey Carbery adding the extras for a brilliant start.

Three minutes later O’Brien intercepted a pass and raced down the right to score after fending off his marker Keelan Giles.

Munster were forced to defend several lengthy phases and a few penalties to the corners before extending their lead after 17 minutes when O’Brien again intercepted and then chased his own grubber which bounced several times inside the right touchline before he scored. Carbery landed the conversion to push the lead out to 0-19.

Ospreys pulled back a try from Giles six minutes from the break to leave it 5-19 at the interval.

The Welsh side reduced the margin to seven after 54 minutes when hooker Sam Parry scored after a penalty to the left corner which Owen Williams converted.

But the response from Munster was excellent and Snyman finished off a 17-phase move with a try to extend the lead after 58 minutes.

Carbery pushed the advantage out to 15 points with a penalty 16 minutes from the end and while Alex Cuthbert pulled back a try for Ospreys, Munster secured the win in front of a crowd of 3,897.

Munster scorers: Tries: Sean O’Brien (2), Shane Daly, RG Snyman. Cons: Joey Carbery (2). Pen: Carbery.

Munster: Mike Haley; Sean O’Brien, Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell (Shay McCarthy 76), Shane Daly; Joey Carbery (Tony Butler 72), Craig Casey (Ethan Coughlan 72); Josh Wycherley (Jeremy Loughman 45), Niall Scannell (Eoghan Clarke 74), JohnRyan (Stephen Archer 60); Tom Ahern, RG Snyman (Jack O’Donoghue 60); John Hodnett (Ruadhán Quinn 64), Alex Kendellen (c), Gavin Coombes.

BKT URC Round 12 Round-Up

Seán O’Brien scored two tries and was awarded the BKT URC Player of the Match.

Mike Haley earned his 100th appearance for Munster which was also his 100th start for the province.

Tonight’s bonus-point win sees Munster move up to fourth in the URC table.

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