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Match Preview – Munster Rugby v Gloucester Rugby

Match Preview – Munster Rugby v Gloucester Rugby
When thrown together, the names Munster and Gloucester evokes memories of European classics, and the two sides meet again on Saturday lunchtime in a mouth-watering Heineken Champions Cup clash at Thomond Park (KO 1pm)

The Cherry and Whites head to Limerick on the back of a pair of wins against Wasps and last time out against Castres Olympique, and take on a Munster side fresh from a draw at Sandy Park, and with it, an expectant Thomond Park faithful.

Here are a number of players to watch this weekend.

Matt Banahan

The experienced winger returns to the starting line-up this weekend, and plays at Thomond Park for the first time in what will no doubt be a fascinating battle between the backs. With the Munster defence suffocating the Exeter attack last time out, Banahan’s powerful running could provide some space to strike from.

Peter O’Mahony

A lot of focus has been on the battle of the back rows, and the hugely experienced British and Irish Lion is a Munsterman through and through, and a huge part of the home side’s game. His threat on the floor, and relentless energy makes him one of the most influential players in European Rugby, and a real acid test for the young Gloucester Rugby back row trio.

Last Time Out

Gloucester Rugby 19-14 Castres Olympique

Exeter Chiefs 10-10 Munster Rugby

Team News

Munster Rugby

15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Dan Goggin, 12. Rory Scannell, 11. Darren Sweetnam, 10. Joey Carbery, 9. Duncan Williams; 1. James Cronin, 2. Rhys Marshall, 3. John Ryan; 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Tadhg Beirne, 6. Peter O’Mahony ©, 7. Tommy O’Donnell, 8. CJ Stander


16. Kevin O’Byrne, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Stephen Archer, 19. Billy Holland, 20. Arno Botha, 21. Alby Mathewson, 22. JJ Hanrahan, 23. Sammy Arnold

Gloucester Rugby

15. Jason Woodward, 14. Matt Banahan, 13. Billy Twelvetrees, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Tom Marshall, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Callum Braley, 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. Franco Marais, 3. Fraser Balmain; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Ed Slater (c), 6. Freddie Clarke, 7. Jake Polledri, 8. Ben Morgan


16. Henry Walker, 17. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 18. Ciaran Knight, 19. Gerbrandt Grobler, 20. Gareth Evans; 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Owen Williams, 23. Tom Hudson

Match Officials

Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (FRA)

Assistant Referees: Maxime Chalon & Luc Ramos (FRA) TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (FRA) 

How To Follow

This Saturday’s game is LIVE on both Channel 4 and BT Sport, and there will be live commentary via BBC Radio Gloucestershire who will in place at Thomond Park.

Follow all of the club channels for live updates on the Gloucester Rugby App, matchday live blog, Twitter and behind the scenes on Instagram.

Enjoy the game!