This Sunday Munster travel to Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux to take on Racing 92 in the European Cup semi-final.
The Munster faithful are renowned for traveling in numbers, as they recently demonstrated in South Africa. Now, according to L'Equipe, despite the fact Racing 92 have home country advantage the traveling support is set to outnumber the French outfit's fans.
Due to strikes in rail company SNCF and Air France, traveling to Bordeaux for the Paris fanbase is looking increasingly difficult. The club have not taken action to resolve transport issues and instead encouraged fans to carpool. This would mean a six hour+ trip.
With Aer Lingus having organised extra routes directly to Bordeaux, the travel time facing Munster fans could theoretically be shorter than the one for Racing fans. The club told L'Equipe they anticipate 5000 Munster fans will make the trip, although it is thought that figure will be significantly higher. They said they hope approximately 2000 will make the trip from Paris.
Public transport strikes are not an unusual move in France, and so far Racing 92 have halved ticket prices in certain areas. The team itself will charter a private plane for the journey.