29 Facts About Munster Rugby


Munster Rugby is one of the four professional provincial rugby teams from the island of Ireland.

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Munster Rugby was officially founded in 1879, at the same time as Leinster and Ulster, with Connacht being founded ten years later in 1889.

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Munster Rugby traditionally drew its strength from the clubs of Limerick, with the game popular in the city and widely played at all levels.

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Teams such as Shannon, Garryowen and Young Munster Rugby built up fierce rivalries with one another, helping push standards in the province higher as a result.

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Munster Rugby has a great tradition of competitiveness and impassioned displays against touring sides.

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The first touring side to play Munster Rugby were the famous Original All Blacks led by Dave Gallaher, who lined out against Munster Rugby in the Markets Field, Limerick in November 1905.

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The match was played in ferocious weather, with Munster Rugby playing into a gale-force wind and driving rain in the first-half.

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On 26 August 1995, the International Munster Rugby Board declared rugby union an "open" game, removing all restrictions on payments or benefits to those connected with the game.

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Munster Rugby were triumphant and went to the final at Millennium Stadium to meet the reigning champions, Leicester.

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Munster Rugby lost a tight game remembered as 'the hand of Back' final, as the Leicester flanker used his hand illegally in a scrum when Munster Rugby had a last-chance attack.

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Munster Rugby finished one place lower than the previous season in the Celtic League, finishing third overall.

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In 2007, Munster Rugby signed Doug Howlett, the all-time leading try scorer for New Zealand.

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Munster Rugby ensured continuity by promoting Australian Tony McGahan to the position from within the coaching setup.

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Munster Rugby clinched the Celtic League for the second time in their history, after their closest challengers Ospreys beat Dragons but failed to claim a bonus point.

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Munster Rugby had to win their final pool game, against Racing 92, with a try bonus-point to have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

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In October 2017, Munster Rugby confirmed that then-South Africa forwards coach Johann van Graan would join the province in November as their new head coach.

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In doing so, Munster Rugby became the first team to defeat Leicester in both games of the double-header since they were introduced in 1999, while the home victory saw Munster Rugby surpass 4,000 points in the competition.

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Munster Rugby handed debuts to new signings Damian de Allende and RG Snyman, though Snyman's first appearance for the province lasted only 7 minutes after he was injured during a lineout.

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The tries for Munster Rugby came from Mike Haley, star-of-the-match CJ Stander and Kevin O'Byrne, with JJ Hanrahan scoring a perfect nine from nine off the kicking tee for the other 24 points.

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However, Munster Rugby struck back with a Keith Earls try just before half-time which Carbery converted to leave the scores level heading into the break.

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Munster Rugby have two main stadia where they play their home matches – Thomond Park in Limerick and Musgrave Park in Cork.

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Strength of Munster Rugby's support was demonstrated during Munster Rugby's 2006 and 2008 Heineken Cup final wins.

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News reports detailed the lengths that fans were willing to go to secure tickets to the game, with some Munster Rugby fans travelling to Biarritz to buy up the French allocation of tickets.

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Munster Rugby played in the most attended semi-final match of the Heineken Cup.

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On 2 October 2010, Munster Rugby played Leinster in the round 5 of the Celtic League at the Aviva Stadium, this set a new crowd attendance record for a Celtic League game at 50,645.

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Munster Rugby fans are known for their silence when a kick is being taken, but for their noise.

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Munster Rugby A is the team that represents Munster Rugby in the Celtic Cup and in the IRFU Interprovincial Championship.

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Pre-professionalism and a formal league structure, the main Munster Rugby team competed in the IRFU Interprovincial Championship.

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In 2010, the following Munster Rugby players were selected in the ERC European Dream Team, an all–time dream team of Heineken Cup players.

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