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Munster v Connacht

Guinness Pro 12 Round 18

Saturday 28th March 2015 Kick Off: 17:15 On TV: Sky Sports

After a break for the final two weekends of the 6 nations, its back to Pro 12 action for the first time in 3 weeks for Munster and Connacht. Neither side will remember their last match with any fondness as Connacht's European Cup hopes suffered a big blow with a late late defeat at Cardiff while Munster only got on the scoreboard in the final 10 minutes in a 26-12 defeat away to Ospreys which saw them slip to 3rd in the table. With matches running out both sides will be seeking a result to keep their league ambitions on track. The Clan are travelling to Limerick in force to support the team, and there are a very limited number of seats left on the bus, visit the shop here to purchase yours:

Other Match Stats
Connacht won the last meeting between the sides on New Year's Day but have not won away to Munster since 1986.
Connacht have beaten Munster twice in the history of the league.
Munster have scored an average of 23.6 points and conceded an average of 16.2 points per game in the league this season.
Munster's last home defeat in the league was to Ospreys in September.

Munster Stats
Founded: 1879
Ground: Thomond Park / Musgrave Park
Capacity: 25,600 / 9,251
Captain: Peter O'Mahony
Coach: Anthony Foley

Guinness Pro 12 League Position 2014/15: 3rd P:17 Pts: 53
Rabo Direct Pro12 League Position 2013/14: 3rd P:22 Pts:74 (Lost Semi-final 16-15 v Glasgow)
European Champions Cup 2014/15: 3rd in Pool 1 Points: 15
Heineken Cup 2013/14: 1st in Pool 6 Points: 23 (Lost Semi-final 24-16 v Toulon)

European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1
Clermont 22
Saracens 17
Munster 15
Sale 2

Previous Fixtures
Ospreys 26-12 Munster (Pro 12 Round 17)
Munster 22-10 Glasgow (Pro 12 Round 16)
Scarlets 25-25 Munster (Pro 12 Round 15)
Munster 33-16 Cardiff (Pro 12 Round 14)

Next League Fixture:
Saturday 11th April 2015 Edinburgh v Munster @ Murrayfield @ 19.30

Munster Ins/Outs 2014/15
Players In

Eusebio Guiñazú from Bath
Martin Kelly from Dublin University
Shane Buckley promoted from Academy
Robin Copeland from Cardiff Blues
Jonathan Holland promoted from Academy
Tyler Bleyendaal from Crusaders
Andrew Smith from Brumbies

Players Out
James Coughlan to France Pau
Ian Nagle to Club To Be Confirmed
Niall Ronan Retiring due to injury
James Downey to Glasgow Warriors
Casey Laulala to Racing Métro
Quentin MacDonald to Chiefs

Previous Meetings

Thursday 1st January 2015 Guinness Pro 12
Connacht 24-16 Munster

Saturday 19th April 2014 Rabo Direct Pro 12
Connacht 23-32 Munster

Friday 27th December 2013 Rabo Direct Pro 12
Munster 22-16 Connacht

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