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Preview: Eight return for Munster ahead of mighty Irish clash

Avatar Peter White 8 Nov 2019

Among the most hotly-anticipated affairs of Round 6 is this scintillating Irish matchup at Thomond Park, with both Munster and Ulster vying to record their fifth win in six and strengthen their Guinness PRO14 credentials.

The hosts sit pretty at the top of Conference B with a solitary defeat at Toyota Cheetahs in Round 3 the only time they have come up short in the fresh campaign, and Johann van Graan’s side will be determined to bolster their title hopes here with a win.

But 2005/06 champions Ulster will provide arguably their sternest test yet, with the Belfast-based side similarly being undone by just the Cheetahs so far and looking to better last season’s semi-final spot.

Munster are boosted by the return of eight of their Rugby World Cup contingent: Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander all start with Conor Murray among the replacements.

Ireland internationals Jacob Stockdale and Jordi Murphy return for the visitors, while Angus Curtis and Marty Moore make their first starts of the season.

Kick-off: At Thomond Park, Limerick | KO 17:15, Saturday 9 November

How to watch: Live on eir sport 1, Premier Sport 2, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: JJ Hanrahan (Munster), Dave Shanahan (Ulster)

While Munster have rung the changes with many of their World Cup absentees returning from international duty, Hanrahan has kept his place following a string of strong performances.

Having helped himself to 13 points in his side’s 33-23 win over Cardiff Blues last time out, the 27-year-old will be looking to continue his prolific form and steer Munster to another win.

Also in fine form is scrum-half Shanahan, who notched the second of his two tries of the season in Ulster’s 22-7 win over Zebre in Round 5.

Having made way for Championship top-scorer John Cooney in the XV for this clash, expect him to be an explosive addition to Dan McFarland’s team off the bench.

Key stat: Munster are unbeaten in their last 24 home games in all competitions, since Leinster overturned them in Round 11 of the 2017/18 Guinness PRO14 season.

Munster: Mike Haley, Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Liam Coombes, JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson, James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony, Chris Cloete, CJ Stander

Replacements: Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Murray, Tyler Bleyendaal, Arno Botha

Ulster: Matt Faddes, Rob Lyttle, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Angus Curtis, John Cooney, Jack McGrath, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Sam Carter, Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Nick Timoney

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Eric O’Sullivan, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Matthew Rea, David Shanahan, Bill Johnston, Robert Baloucoune


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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Report: Conway stunner powers Munster to absorbing Interpro win

Avatar Rich Dore 9 Nov 2019

Ireland wing Andrew Conway returned from World Cup duty in stunning style as his second-half scorcher edged Munster past Ulster in a gripping Interpro.

The two sides were well-matched at Thomond Park and Ulster led 16-15 midway through the second half, but Conway seared home to keep Munster top of Conference B heading into the European break.

Key moments

An even opening saw Cooney get the first points of the match through the boot, before a spell of pressure on 15 minutes resulted in CJ Stander five metres out with ball in hand – no stopping the big man from there.

With international stars returning to both sides JJ Hanrahan converted for a 7-3 lead but Ulster showed they were up for the fight with another Cooney three-pointer before Munster took over for the rest of the half.

That control showed itself on the scoreboard as Hanrahan got a penalty and centre Rory Scannell grabbed a try for a 15-6 half-time lead.

Ulster were rocking at the start of the second half and the crowd sensed another home score might end the contest, but up popped hooker Rob Herring with his second of the season as he fought off defenders to reach the line.

Cooney converted and added another penalty for a 16-15 lead, but then missed the chance to extend the lead before Conway sped through the defence to make the visitors pay.

At 22-16 Ulster continued to fight to get the lead back but the Munster defence held firm, edging home despite a late penalty miss from Tyler Bleyendaal.

Man of the Match – Rory Scannell

One try, 11 carries and 36 metres made, inside centre Scannell was crucial to everything good Munster did on the night.

As any good No.12 does Scannell stood out with a number of nice touches and telling plays, leading the defence and making six important tackles to hold Ulster at arm’s length.

Play of the Day

No doubt about this one, Conway’s second-half score was worthy of winning any Interpro.

Attacking from their own half Bleyendaal slipped a gentle pass inside to the wing, who blazed a trail through the middle of the pitch before scrambling over as defenders clawed to stop him.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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