Ulster V Munster will see both Irish sides get their 2023 underway in what's set to be a thrilling fixture at Kingspan. Between provincial derbies and the Champions Cup, it has been a mixed few weeks for both Ulster and Munster. For Ulster, they will be aiming to show why they looked so impressive at the beginning of the season. For Munster, they have shown progress after questions looming over a difficult spell to start the season.
Here is all you need to know ahead of Ulster V Munster
When Is Ulster V Munster?
Ulster V Munster is this Sunday on New Year's Day, with kick-off at Kingspan at 5.15.
How Can I Watch Ulster V Munster?
Ulster V Munster will be shown live on TG4, with coverage of the game beginning at 4.50.
After making everyone take notice with their strong start to the season, Ulster hit somewhat of a wall. After collapsing completely against leaders Leinster, they followed up with a disastrous two weeks in Europe with back-to-back defeats. They got back on the win column with a scrappy 22-20 victory over Connacht, but should have been far more comfortable.
For Munster, they will be kicking themselves after they lost to Leinster after having an eight point lead in the second half. It will be a big learning curve for the young side, as they continue their project under Graham Rowntree. However, they must now startturning performances into results. Defeat to Toulouse was followed by a hard fought win over Northampton, as they continue to push for a play-off spot.
Ulster come into game without Mike Lowry, Nick Timoney and Tom O'Toole. James Hume, Robert Baloucone and Jacob Stockdale all come into the side.
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) December 30, 2022
Munster are without Peter O'Mahony, Craig Casey, Tadhg Bernie and Joey Carbery. Jack Crowley starts at fly-half, with Malakai Fekitoa making his first start since October.
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) December 30, 2022