Munster V Northampton will see Graham Rowntree's side aim to take a huge step towards qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup, as they face Northampton in Thomond Park. After a fiery encounter in December, both sides will be keen for victory in this Pool B clash.
Victory should guarantee Munster's progress to the last 16, while Northampton are bottom of the pool, and need at least four points to have any hope of progression.
Here is all you need to know ahead of Munster V Northampton.
When Is Munster V Northampton?
Munster V Northampton is this Saturday, with kick-off at Thomond Park at 3.15.
How Can I Watch Munster V Northampton?
The game will be shown live on RTÉ Two, with coverage beginning at 2.30.
After a difficult start to the season, Munster have completely changed their fortunes around. Players out of form, poor performances and questions on their hopes this season dominated Munster's early games.
However, Graham Rowntree seems to have implemented his style into the side, with young players flourishing as a result. Five wins in their last seven games, with narrow defeats to Toulouse and Leinster showing just how far they have come. If anything brings out the best in Munster, it's a big European game in Thomond.
For Northampton, they've had a difficult run of games that has seen them lose four out of their last five games, including heavy defeats to La Rochelle and Exeter. They currently sit in sixth place in the Gallagher Premiership, two points behind fourth place Gloucester.
The big news for Munster is Conor Murray has been dropped for the game. Craig Casey starts, with Paddy Patterson on the bench. Jack Crowley starts at inside centre alongside Antoine Frisch, with Gavin Coombes back ant no.8.
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) January 13, 2023
Courtney Lawes is named in a very physical Northampton side.
Here are your Saints for tomorrow's @ChampionsCup tie against Munster.
— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) January 13, 2023