Munster will travel to Scotland for their first round of the URC playoffs Saturday evening. They will face Glasgow in what should be a breathtaking game. Here is everything you need to know about Glasgow v Munster.
Glasgow finished fourth in the regular season of the URC only five points behind second place Ulster. They have had an incredible run in 2023, they only had one defeat since new year. They are currently on a run of seven wins in a row in all competitions and before that Lions defeat they won six URC games in a row.
Munster finished fifth and easily got a place in the URC playoffs. They've had a good season, however big defeats cost them their European Cup and a higher finish in the URC.
When is Glasgow v Munster?
The game will be played on Saturday the 6th of May at 7.35pm at Scotstoun.
How to watch Glasgow v Munster?
RTE 2 will broadcast the match live from 7.05pm ahead of the 7.35pm kickoff.
Despite a defeat to Glasgow in the URC regular season, Munster were undefeated in 2023 in the league. They've had a great end to the URC season and will enter the playoffs with a lot of confidence. However they will still have that Glasgow 38-26 defeat in the back of their heads when they'll travel to Scotland. In the Champions Cup, they got knocked out in the round of 16 by the Sharks after they conceded 50 points in a 50-35 defeat.
Munster's last game was a 22-22 draw against the Sharks that helped them secure their fifth place. A loss to the Sharks would have allowed the Bulls to jump ahead of the Irish province.
Glasgow only lost five games this season in the URC. With only one defeat in 2023, their end of season was sensational as they pushed for a top three finish. They finished very closely from the second place however they had to settle for a fourth place entering the knockout stages.
In the European Challenge Cup they are yet to lose a game. Two wins and two draws in the group stages meant they advanced to the knockout stages where they beat the Dragons in the round of 16, the Lions in the quarter finals. Their last game was a 35-17 win over Welsh side Scarlets in the Challenge Cup semi final. They will face Toulon on the 19th of May in the Aviva in the final.
Munster named a really exciting team for their trip to Glasgow that sees Tadhg Beirne make his his return to rugby after suffering a serious injury in Ireland's Six Nations game against France. Munster pack will include a fearsome combo of Kleyn, Snyman and Beirne.
Joey Carberry has been left of the twenty-three.
The Munster 23 is:
Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Malakai Fekitoa, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman; Tadhg Beirne, Peter O’Mahony (C), Gavin Coombes.
Subs: Niall Scannell, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Fineen Wycherley, John Hodnett, Craig Casey, Ben Healy, Alex Kendellen.