The ultimate spherical of video games within the BKT United Rugby Championship, and an opportunity for these omitted by Eire head coach Andy Farrell to place the highlight on themselves.
With Eire’s worldwide contingent all being wrapped up in cotton wool forward of subsequent week’s recreation in opposition to South Africa, the 4 provinces might be with out a number of their key males this weekend.
There ought to nonetheless be a number of venom within the air at Thomond Park, the place each Munster and Ulster might be determined for a consequence; Munster to get again on observe after final week’s loss in opposition to Leinster, whereas Ulster’s gastroenteritis episode in Durban means their postponed recreation in opposition to the Sharks might finally grow to be a cancellation if there is not sufficient time to reschedule it within the calendar.
Leinster kick the weekend off on Friday evening away to the off form Scarlets, with Leo Cullen’s males already placing daylight between themselves and the remainder of the league, seven clear on the prime after final week’s win in opposition to Munster.
And after a troublesome begin to the season, Connacht can finish this primary block of video games with back-to-back wins, if they’ll get the higher of the Ospreys in Swansea.
Munster v Ulster (Saturday, 5.15pm) and Ospreys v Connacht (Saturday, 7.35pm) are each stay on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Participant, whereas Scarlets v Leinster (Friday, 7.35pm) is out there to observe on TG4.
RTÉ Radio 1 may have stay commentary of Munster v Ulster on Saturday night at Thomond Park.
RTE.ie/sport may have stay scoring and blogs throughout the weekend with match reviews and response from the grounds. All video games are stay on URC TV.
Circumstances needs to be affordable in Llanelli for Scarlets v Leinster, with no rain forecast, and temperatures round 14C. The Ospreys and Connacht will not be so fortunate, nonetheless, with an 80% probability of rain in Swansea on Saturday evening, in accordance with forecasts. In the meantime, there’s additionally a chance of rain in Limerick for Munster v Ulster, but it surely’s hoped the heaviest showers may have handed earlier than the 5.15pm kickoff.
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With an extended record of gamers unavailable on account of harm and worldwide camps, Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has needed to take his probability with various inexperienced gamers for the journey to Llanelli.
Chris Cosgrave, Liam Turner, John McKee and Thomas Clarkson are a few of the children given begins, however they will be aided by core of skilled high quality, notably within the pack, which sees Ross Molony, Jason Jenkins and Max Deegan all begin .
The Scarlets have been vastly disappointing this season, with only one win out of six, whereas they have been outplayed by Connacht for almost all of final week’s defeat in Galway.
The Welsh facet’s squad has been additional depleted this week with Ken Owens and Kieran Hardy unavailable, and so they’re on a run of six straight defeats to Irish provinces.
Leinster misplaced on their final journey to Wales, crushed by Cardiff final January, however that was simply their second defeat to one of many Welsh areas since 2018.
Scarlets: Johnny McNicholl; Tom Rogers, Steff Evans, Jonathan Davies (capt), Ryan Conbeer; Dan Jones, Gareth Davies; Steff Thomas, Daf Hughes, Harri O’Connor; Jack Worth, Tom Worth; Aaron Shingler, Dan Thomas, Sione Kalamafoni
Replacements: Shaun Evans, Kemsley Mathias, WillGriff John, Morgan Jones, Iwan Shenton, Archie Hughes, Rhys Patchell, Corey Baldwin
Leinster: Chris Cosgrave; Rob Russell, Liam Turner, Charlie Ngatai, Dave Kearney; Ross Byrne, Luke McGrath; Ed Byrne, John McKee, Thomas Clarkson; Ross Molony, Jason Jenkins; Rhys Ruddock (capt), Scott Penny, Max Deegan
Replacements: Tadgh McElroy, Michael Milne, Vakhtang Abdaladze, Brian Deeny, Martin Moloney, Nick McCarthy, Charlie Tector, Ben Brownlee
Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR)
Munster’s efficiency confirmed additional development final week, however relating to the URC desk it counted for nothing as they fell to a fourth defeat of the season.
This week, the necessity for a consequence outweighs the necessity for a efficiency, though they may seemingly want the latter in the event that they’re to realize the previous.
Ulster have been in sensible scoring kind this season, second solely to Edinburgh within the scoring charts, regardless of enjoying a recreation fewer than most of their rivals.
It stays to be seen what lasting results stay from the bug that inflicted the group of their journey to South Africa, with 29 gamers and 13 assist employees members of their touring occasion falling sufferer to gastroenteritis.
Dan McFarland’s facet have been massive winners when these groups met within the quarter-finals of final season’s URC, ending a run of three consecutive defeats to their rivals.
It’s eight years since Munster have been final crushed by Ulster at Thomond Park, though the perimeters did draw 24-24 in a gathering right here in 2018.
Ulster have gained solely twice away from residence to an Irish province since 2015, beating Connacht on the Sportsground in December 2020 and Leinster on the RDS Area in November 2021.
Munster: Mike Haley; Shane Daly, Malakai Fekitoa, Rory Scannell, Patrick Campbell; Jack Crowley, Paddy Patterson; Dave Kilcoyne, Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan; Edwin Edogbo, Eoin O’Connor; Jack O’Donoghue (Capt), John Hodnett, Alex Kendellen.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Evan O’Connell, Cian Hurley, Neil Cronin, Ben Healy, Simon Zebo.
Ulster: Stewart Moore; Ben Moxham, James Hume, Luke Marshall, Ethan McIlroy; Billy Burns, Nathan Doak; Andy Warwick, Tom Stewart, Marty Moore; Alan O’Connor (Capt), Sam Carter; David McCann, Sean Reffell, Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: John Andrew, Rory Sutherland, Gareth Milasinovich, Cormac Izuchukwu, Jordi Murphy, John Cooney, Angus Curtis, Craig Gilroy.
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)
It is stating the plain, however the distinction between a 2:5 and three:4 win-loss report for Connacht after this block of video games could be enormous.
Andy Pal’s facet look to be rising into the season after their disastrous begin however a defeat to this unpredictable Ospreys facet would depart them again in bother.
The brand new signings are bedding in; David Hawkshaw has slotted into the middle effectively, linking up properly with Jack Carthy, whereas Peter Dooley and Josh Murphy have added some good expertise to the pack.
The Ospreys have been not possible to foretell this season. Two weeks in the past they bounced again from a hammering in opposition to Ulster to earn a draw with the defending champions Stormers, however adopted that up with a loss in opposition to the Dragons in Spherical 6.
Whereas the Welsh facet are at residence, the shape ebook offers Connacht a stable probability of choosing off a consequence; Connacht’s solely defeat of their final 5 encounters with Ospreys was 20-26 on the Sportsground in January 2021, whereas they gained on their most up-to-date journey to Swansea in 2019.
And the province have additionally gained their final three video games in opposition to the Welsh sides, trying to do 4 in a row for the primary time in 20 years.
Ospreys: Max Nagy, Luke Morgan, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Keiran Williams, Keelan Giles, Jack Walsh, Reuben Morgan Williams, Rhys Henry, Scott Baldwin (CAPT), Tom Botha, Rhys Davies, Huw Sutton, Ethan Roots, Harri Deaves, Morgan Morris
Replacements: Sam Parry, Garyn Phillips, Ben Warren, Jack Regan, Tristan Davies, Matthew Aubrey, Luke Scully, Cai Evans
Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran; Alex Wootton, Tom Farrell, David Hawkshaw, John Porch; Jack Carty (capt), Caolin Blade; Denis Buckley, Dylan Tierney-Martin, Jack Aungier; Oisin Dowling, Gavin Thornbury; Shamus Hurley-Langton, Conor Oliver, Paul Boyle.
Replacements: Grant Stewart, Jordan Duggan, Sam Illo, Darragh Murray, Paul Boyle, Kieran Marmion, Tom Daly, Adam Byrne.
Referee: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
FULL FIXTURES, RESULTS AND TABLE
Watch Munster v Ulster and Ospreys v Connacht within the BKT United Rugby Championship on Saturday 29 October from 4.45pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Participant.
Hearken to stay commentary of Munster v Ulster on Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1, or observe our stay weblog on RTE.ie