Munster Rugby | Munster Rugby will face South Africa Select XV
Munster Rugby will face a touring team for the first time in six years when a South Africa Select XV take on the province on Thursday November 10.
The match will be part of the Springboks’ Autumn Nations Series, World Cup winners, which will see them face Ireland, France, Italy and England, while SA Select XV take on Munster Rugby and Bristol Bears in vital midweek games.
It will be the first time in the professional era that Munster Rugby will face a South African touring side, with the last meeting taking place in 1970.
While the teams have met three times, South Africa remain the only major tour team against which the province has yet to record a victory.
Match venue and ticket information will be confirmed in due course.
Commenting on the exciting announcement, Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan said: “We are delighted to welcome South Africa to the province for the first time in over fifty years and are grateful to the IRFU and to the SARU for all their help in the realization of this project. occur.
“Munster Rugby have a proud tradition of hosting great teams on tour and taking on the SA Select XV in this Autumn Series will be a hugely exciting prospect for the club and our supporters.
“Now that we have the opposition and the date, we are exploring venue options and will finalize supporter and ticket details as soon as possible.”
Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber welcomed the announcement, having been a member of Munster’s coaching staff with SA Rugby director Rassie Erasmus between 2016 and 2017 and said:
“Munster are a giant force in Ireland, and they will give SA Select XV exactly the kind of test we need to build combinations and player depth as we prepare for the Rugby World Cup next year. .
“We have worked with a great team this year to give a wider group of players a chance to claim places for the Rugby World Cup and beyond, and playing top-flight opponents such as Munster and Bristol , I have no doubt we will get some of the answers we need with the international extravaganza in about a year.
Nienaber said that while they work out the details of how to distribute his management team effectively between midweek games and Testing, the ability to play those games will benefit coaches and players.
“We haven’t had a real rugby tour with midweek games for several years, so we’re very happy about this opportunity,” said Nienaber.
Munster record against South Africa
1951| Munster 6-11 South Africa, Thomond Park
1960 | Munster 3-9 South Africa, Musgrave Park
1970 | Munster 9-25 South Africa, Thomond Park