Ulster V Munster will see both Irish sides get their 2023 underway in what’s set to be a thrilling fixture at Kingspan. Between provincial derbies and the Champions Cup, it has been a mixed few weeks for both Ulster and Munster. For Ulster, they will be aiming to show why they looked so impressive at the beginning of the season. For Munster, they have shown progress after questions looming over a difficult spell to start the season.
Here is all you need to know ahead of Ulster V Munster
When Is Ulster V Munster?
Ulster V Munster is this Sunday on New Year’s Day, with kick-off at Kingspan at 5.15.
How Can I Watch Ulster V Munster?
Ulster V Munster will be shown live on TG4, with coverage of the game beginning at 4.50.
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The eight Munster players selected for Ireland’s Nations Series fixtures miss out but Paul O’Connell’s nephew, 18-year-old Evan, is destined for a debut from the bench.
If he features, UL Bohs man and former Castletroy College student O’Connell will become the province’s youngest player of the professional era, beating the record Ruadhán Quinn set earlier this season.
Mike Haley returns from a groin injury to make his first appearance since the win over Zebre at Musgrave Park four weeks ago.
After a six-week rest period and being cleared by the independent medical consultant, Alex Kendellen starts on his first appearance since sustaining a concussion against Cardiff in URC round 1.
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Munster – M Haley; S Daly, M Fekitoa, R Scannell, P Campbell; J Crowley, P Patterson; D Kilcoyne, D Barron, J Ryan; E Edogbo, E O’Connor; J O’Donoghue (C), J Hodnett, A Kendellen. Replacements: N Scannell, J Wycherley, R Salanoa, E O’Connell, C Hurley, N Cronin, B Healy, S Zebo.
Ulster – S Moore, B Moxham, J Hume, L Marshall, E McIlroy, B Burns, N Doak; A Warwick, T Stewart, M Moore, A O’Connor (C), S Carter, D McCann, S Reffell, D Vermeulen. Replacements: J Andrew, R Sutherland, G Milasinovich, C Izuchukwu, J Murphy, J Cooney, A Curtis, C Gilroy.
Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU)