Munster squad update as All Blacks XV clash sells out

Craig Casey and Jeremy Loughman have returned to the squad after Ireland’s Men’s Guinness Six Nations triumph at the weekend.

Munster are continuing preparations ahead of Friday night’s URC Round 12 clash against Ospreys in Swansea, set to kick-off at 7.35pm.

On the injury front, there is good news for John Hodnett (finger), Jack O’Donoghue (knee) and Simon Zebo (knee) as they all return to training this week.

Although, Oli Jager (knee) and Fineen Wycherley (knee) are both due to see specialists this week for possible surgery.

Alex Nankivell is following the return to play protocols following a head injury in training last week.

On the international front, Craig Casey and Jeremy Loughman have returned to the squad after Ireland’s Men’s Guinness Six Nations triumph at the weekend.

2 September 2023; Craig Casey during an Ireland rugby open training session at Stade Vallée du Cher in Tours, France. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dave Kilcoyne (shoulder), Diarmuid Barron (foot), Roman Salanoa (knee), Jean Kleyn (knee/eye), Paddy Patterson (knee), Liam Coombes (shoulder), Patrick Campbell (shoulder) are all continuing to rehab.

Elsewhere, the province’s clash against the All Blacks XV on Saturday, November 2, will be a 25,600 sell-out.

The majority of tickets were snapped up in the pre-sale for priority groups including MRSC members, 10-year, 5-year and club season ticket holders with the remainder quickly selling out in this morning’s general sale.

Since the redevelopment of Thomond Park in 2008, Munster Rugby have hosted international opposition in the form of the All Blacks, Australia and the Māori All Blacks at the Limerick venue.

More recently Munster Rugby have hosted sold-out clashes against South Africa A and the Crusaders in Cork’s SuperValu Páirc Ui Chaoimh in November 2022 and February 2024.

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