Munster play in Thomond Park for the first time in the Champions Cup this season when they host Castres on this weekend. A young and valiant side had a memorable bonus point win in Coventry against Wasps last Sunday. Here's all the match details and how to watch Munster vs Castres.
How to watch Munster vs Castres
Munster take on Castres on Saturday 18th December and kick off is at 8pm.
The match is live on BT Sport 2 from 7:45pm.
In some positive news for Munster, the majority of the 34 players and staff who returned to Ireland from South Africa are out of their isolation period. Also, the 14 that had to isolated in South Africa returned to Ireland but will have to undertake another period of isolation.
However, in some disappoiting news Joey Carbery has fractured his elbow and had surgery on it on Thursday. Chris Farrell, Roman Salanoa and John Hodnett all got through the match on Sunday safely after recovering from injuries. Munster also confirmed that head coach Johan Van Graan will be leaving the province at the end of the season.
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Munster make five changes from their victory against Wasps last weekend. Patrick Campbell keeps his spot at full bakc whileBen Healy comes in for Joey Carbery. Jack O'Donoghue, John Ryan, Niall Scannell and Jean Kleyn come into the pack in place of Scott Buckley, Daniel Okeke, Eoin O'Connor and James French. John Jenkins starts on. the bench and could make his Munster debut.
Castres had a poor start to their Champions Cup campaign when they narrowly lost 18-20 at home to Harlequins. However, domestically they've done well, sitting fourth in the Top 14. Argentine international Benjamín Urdapilleta starts at fly-half and French international Loic Jacquet captains the side in the second row.
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— Castres Olympique (@CastresRugby) December 17, 2021