Munster Rugby | All you need to know

Munster will play their second and final match of their URC tour of South Africa on Saturday against the Emirates Lions. The team will travel from Pretoria to Johannesburg on Thursday ahead of the game.

Find out everything you need to know before the game below.

Read the Munster team announcement here.

Where?

Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg

When?

Saturday, March 19, 12:00 noon Irish time/2:00 p.m. local time

Broadcast

Live on URC TV (subscribe here), RTE, Premier Sports & Super Sport.

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Teams

the Lions: Horn of Quan; Stean Pienaar, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal (C), Edwill van der Merwe; Jordan Hendrikse, Morne van den Berg; Sti Sithole, Jaco Visagie, Carlu Sadie; Ruben Schoeman, Reinhard Nothnagel; Sibusiso Sangweni, Vincent Tshituka, Francke Horn.

Substitutes: PJ Botha, JP Smith, Ruan Dreyer, Ruan Venter, Emmanuel Tshituka, Nico Steyn/Ginter Smuts, Manuel Rass, Tiaan Swanepoel.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Neil Cronin; Josh Wycherley, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (C), John Hodnett, Alex Kendellen.

Substitutes: Scott Buckley, Mark Donnelly, Keynan Knox, Eoin O’Connor, Chris Cloete, Paddy Patterson, Ben Healy, Liam Coombes.

Overview

Saturday’s game in Johannesburg will see Munster play their game in hand over Leinster and Ulster as Johann van Graan’s men look to close the gap on the top two in the URC table.

The two teams directly below Munster in the table, Glasgow and Edinburgh, play each other at Scotstoun on Friday night, so it’s a big weekend for the chasing pack. See the latest rankings here.

Munster are hoping for a strong start to the clash after a poor opening against the Bulls ultimately cost them the game. A superb fightback saw Munster claim a losing bonus point thanks to tries from Alex Kendellen, Damian de Allende and Jack O’Donoghue but an 80-minute performance will be needed to win in Johannesburg.

Match officials

Referee: Adam Jones

AR 1: Cwengile Jadezweni

AR 2: Paul Menté

TMO: Chris Busby

Press passes

Hear from Defense Coach JP Ferreira and Calvin Nash before the game.

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Upcoming home games

Friday March 25

URC: Munster v Benetton Rugby, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; To buy tickets here

saturday april 2

URC: Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 7pm; To buy tickets here

saturday april 16

Champions Cup Round of 16: Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Thomond Park, 3pm; To buy tickets here

friday april 29

URC: Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; To buy tickets here

Charles P. Patton