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Team News | Munster Side To Face RC Toulon

January 12, 2024 11:55 am By The Editor

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Peter O'Mahony makes his return from a shoulder injury. Inpho

The Munster team has been named for Saturday’s Investec Champions Cup clash against RC Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol (3.15pm Irish time, live on TNT Sports).

Over 19,600 tickets have already been snapped up for next week’s clash against Northampton Saints at Thomond Park (Saturday, January 20, 5.30pm). Click here to get yours.

Peter O’Mahony (shoulder), Alex Nankivell (ankle) and Niall Scannell (groin) all return from injury to start the game with six changes and two positional switches to the side that faced Connacht.

Craig Casey and Jack Crowley return to the side in the half-backs with John Ryan starting at tighthead prop.

Tom Ahern moves to the second row and Gavin Coombes starts at no.8 with Tadhg Beirne captaining the side.

Full-back Simon Zebo and wingers Calvin Nash and Shane Daly line out together in an unchanged back three.

Nankivell and Antoine Frisch renew their midfield partnership as Casey and Crowley start together in the half-backs.

Jeremy Loughman, Scannell and Ryan start in the front row with Scannell making his first competitive appearance of the campaign.

Ahern and Beirne start together in the engine room as O’Mahony makes his second appearance of the campaign in a back row that also includes John Hodnett and Coombes.

Joey Carbery returns from a wrist injury to take his place among the replacements.

Eoghan Clarke, Josh Wycherley and Stephen Archer provide the front row back-up.

First year Munster Rugby Academy man Brian Gleeson and Alex Kendellen complete the forward cover.

Conor Murray, Carbery and Seán O’Brien are the backline replacements.

Oli Jager was unavailable for selection as he continues the return to play protocols.

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

Munster: Simon Zebo; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Tom Ahern, Tadhg Beirne (C); Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Eoghan Clarke, Josh Wycherley, Stephen Archer, Brian Gleeson, Alex Kendellen, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Seán O’Brien.

Press Pass

Hear from Attack Coach Mike Prendergast and Simon Zebo ahead of the game.


Champions Cup Round 4: Saturday, January 20

Munster Rugby v Northampton Saints, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here

Saturday, February 3

Munster Rugby v Crusaders, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 5pm; SOLD OUT

URC Round 11: Friday, March 1

Munster v Zebre Parma, Virgin Media Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 13: Saturday, March 30

Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; 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 | Famous Munster Win In Toulon

January 13, 2024 6:08 pm By The Editor

Calvin Nash and Craig Casey celebrate after the game.

Calvin Nash and Craig Casey celebrate after the game. Inpho

Munster got their Investec Champions Cup campaign back on track with a superb bonus point victory at Stade Mayol in Toulon on Saturday.

The valuable win sets up a crucial clash against Northampton Saints at Thomond Park next Saturday at 5.30pm. Buy match tickets here.

Graham Rowntree’s men knew they would need to deliver a big performance in the south of France if they were to remain contention and now they have their fate in their own hands going into the final round of matches.

Munster had to come from 10-0 behind in the opening half but by half-time had surged 17-13 in front in a cracking contest.

A Melvin Jaminet penalty and a try from deep by Duncan Paia’ava saw Toulon lead 10-0 after 23 minutes before Jack Crowley got Munster off the mark with a penalty from 40 metres.

They piled on the pressure after that and a patient build-up ended with Alex Nankivell get through to score, with Crowley converting to tie the game 10-10 nine minutes from the break.

Jaminet’s third kick of the afternoon edged Toulon back in front but Munster finished the half strongly and led 17-13 when Simon Zebo touched down after collecting a neat chip from Crowley, who converted.

Munster continued to dominate after the restart and another good chip from Crowley, this time across to the right wing, was collected by lock Tom Ahern who burst through to score and make it 22-13.

Toulon hit back and got an unconverted try from Cornell de Preez but it was Munster who finished in style and secured the try bonus point going into the final quarter.

Calvin Nash got the score when he collected a high kick from scrum-half Craig Casey down the right wing and he raced through to score, with Crowley converting to make it 29-18.

Munster defended superbly after that to close out the win and the focus will now switch to the arrival of leaders Northampton Saints to Thomond Park next Saturday.

Champions Cup Round 3 Round-Up

Simon Zebo scored his 35th Champions Cup try.

Niall Scannell made his first competitive appearance of the season.

First year Munster Rugby Academy player Brian Gleeson featured off the bench.

Munster: Simon Zebo (Seán O’Brien, 72); Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell (Joey Carbery, 71), Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey (Conor Murray, 71); Jeremy Loughman (Josh Wycherley, 77), Niall Scannell (Eoghan Clarke, 77), John Ryan (Stephen Archer, 65); Tom Ahern, Tadhg Beirne (C); Peter O’Mahony (Alex Kendellen, 64), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes (Brian Gleeson, 77).

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