Munster prepare for historic P...


Munster prepare for historic Pairc ui Chaoimh clash

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10:43 9 Nov 2022

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Anticipation is building ahead of tomorrow night's historic game at Páirc uí Chaoimh.

Munster take on a South Africa selection, with 14 capped Springboks in the visiting side.

Munster named their side today and there are seven changes to the side that faced Ulster at Thomond Park last time out.

Jack O’Donoghue captains Munster with three Greencore Munster Rugby Academy players named in the squad.
Academy lock Edwin Edogbo keeps his place in the second row with Cian Hurley and Patrick Campbell among the replacements.
Antoine Frisch makes his first start for Munster after recovering from a calf injury suffered on the Emerging Ireland tour to South Africa.
Kiran McDonald partners Edogbo in the second row on his first Munster appearance after joining on a short-term deal last month.
Simon Zebo, Ben Healy, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa and Gavin Coombes also come into the starting XV.
Mike Haley starts at full-back with Shane Daly and Zebo on either flank.
Rory Scannell and Frisch form the centre partnership for the first time with Paddy Patterson and Healy in the half-backs.
Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron and Salanoa pack down in the front row with Edogbo and McDonald in the engine room.
O’Donoghue, John Hodnett and Coombes complete the side.
Barron, Coombes and Daly were all in action for Ireland A against the New Zealand XV last week.
Hooker Niall Scannell has completed the return-to-play protocols and is named among the replacements along with props Liam O’Connor and Keynan Knox.
Academy lock/back-row forward Hurley and Alex Kendellen complete the forward cover.
Neil Cronin, Campbell and Malakai Fekitoa are the backline replacements with Fekitoa returning from international duty with Tonga.
Rory Scannell and Niall Scannell are the only two players in this squad who played in Munster’s last game against a touring side, the Maori All Blacks, in 2016.

Head coach Graham Rowntree confirmed they won't be training at the Páirc ahead of the game, as he wants it to be a special moment for his team when they run out on to the pitch for the first time - and says the supporters and in for a great night too."

"They [Munster fans] have waited it for a long time. You can see by how quickly it was sold out. You know as I said before we're spoiled with our funds, our support base, how quickly they sold that out and grab those tickets shows how important it is to this  province.

"We won't train there until we actually play there. I want it to be special moment. The lads are going to feel it right from the warm up. Obviously our kickers will go earlier and they get a bit of a bit of kicking on under the  lights and, there's obviously a different feel dimension to it a different feel. The rest of the guys will see it in the warmup."

Speaking to RedFM Sport at the announcement of Pinergy as the official presenting partner to the game, Munster legend Billy Holland says it is going to be an amazing occaision in the Páirc.

"I'm really, really excited for this game. It's going to be a special occasion, particularly for the people of Cork who've been up and down the road to Thomond Park for years.

"It's great that this has finally happened in Páirc uí Choaimh, to have the defending world champions, Rassie Erasmus, Jacques Nienaber and Felix Jones coming to play in the Páirc against Munster, you couldn't really script it."

Cork hurling legend Diarmuid O'Sullivan was also on hand at the Pinergy announcement, and says it's about time Munster played at the famous Pairc ui Choaimh.

"On a Thursday night in Novemeber to have a 42,000 sellout just shows you the attractiveness of the occasion and the attractiveness  that sport and sport in general have, you know, brings to Cork people.

"For too long as I said, we've been kind of going up the road to Thomond to look at these games. So it's absolutely wonderful to actually only travel 15-20 minutes up the road to watch it.

"If anything, this is an opportunity for the GAA to showcase the status they have, like we're so lucky that an amateur association can produce stadia like this to this standard and an opportunity to highlight it when they can should always be taken."

Munster: Mike Haley; Shane Daly, Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ben Healy, Paddy Patterson; Josh Wycherley, Diarmuid Barron, Roman Salanoa; Edwin Edogbo, Kiran McDonald; Jack O’Donoghue (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Liam O’Connor, Keynan Knox, Cian Hurley, Alex Kendellen, Neil Cronin, Patrick Campbell, Malakai Fekitoa.

South Africa XV: Aphelele Fassi (Sharks); Suleiman Hartzenberg (Stormers), Henco van Wyk (Lions), Cornal Hendricks (Bulls), Leolin Zas (Stormers); Johan Goosen (Bulls), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers); Ntuthuko Mchunu (Sharks), Joseph Dweba (Stormers), Thomas du Toit (C) (Sharks); Jason Jenkins (Leinster); Ruan Nortje (Bulls); Phepsi Buthelezi (Sharks), Elrigh Louw (Bulls), Jean-Luc du Preez (Sale Sharks).

Meanwhile Gardai in Cork City have issued advice for those attending the game in Páirc uí Chaoimh tomorrow.

Advice for those Attending Munster V South Africa, Páirc Uí Chaoimh - 10th November 2022

• Car Parks in City centre are open & within easy walking distance of the Stadium
• Pedestrians will be given priority after the match & vehicles will be held for pedestrian safety.
• Person in possession of Official car passes to approach stadium from Victoria Road roundabout before 5pm.
• Use public or shared transport where possible. 202 Bus from Merchants Quay will depart every 20 Mins to Mahon Point.


• Parking will be available in City Centre Car parks
• DO NOT Block entrances to housing estates, business premises or parks.
• DO NOT Block or park on foot-paths.
• DO NOT Park in disability spaces or bus stops
• DO NOT Park in an area which may restrict access/egress for emergency vehicles


Coaches / Buses are advised to park on the Boreenmanna Road faced for the South City Link Road for after match priority


Casual Trading will only be permitted under licence on the Centre Park Road.


From 2pm parts of Monahan Road and Maryville will be closed, as follows.

• Ardfoyle at junction with Blackrock Road
• Park Avenue at junction with Blackrock Road
• Maryville at junction with Blackrock Road
• Monahan’s Road at junction with Link Road (Marque Road)

From 5pm the following will be closed.

• Churchyard Lane at junction with Boreenmanna Road (access for residents only)
• Churchyard Lane at junction with Blackrock Road (access for residents only)
• Crab Lane at junction with Boreenmanna Road (access for residents only)
• Crab Lane at junction with Blackrock Road (access for residents only)
• Centre park Rd and Monahan Rd at junction with Victoria Road


• The drop off area for taxis is on Victoria Road, just before Marina Walk.
• All other large Public Service Vehicles are to set down and pick up on the Boreenmanna Road, near the Maxol filling station.


• The stadium can be accessed BY FOOT ONLY from the City centre via Centre Park Road and Monahan Road - 15 minute walk to stadium.
• The stadium can be accessed from Boreenmanna Road via, Churchyard Lane and onto Maryville - 10 minute walk to stadium
• The 202 Bus travels from the city to Blackrock village. Drops and picks up at Ballintemple - 2 minute walk to stadium via Maryville.


• Following the game we would ask that everyone follows the direction of Gardaí and stewards. The attendance is expected to be in the region of 41,500 so we would ask for everyone to have patience when leaving the stadium and its environs.


Ref: PR18463/2022

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