Munster vs Crusaders are set to create history in 2024 with a world first ‘Clash of the Champions’ game on Saturday, February 3 (kick-off 5pm).
The inaugural ‘Clash of Champions’ between Munster and the Crusaders the Super Rugby champions is scheduled to take place in 2024. The New Zealand team headquartered in Canterbury defeated the Chiefs in Waikato over the weekend to win their seventh straight Super Rugby title.
It was confirmed this morning that they would play Munster the URC winners on February 3rd of the following year.
Although it is uncommon for club teams from the northern and southern hemispheres to play each other the Gallagher Premiership and the URC expressed support for the notion of a Rugby Club World Cup last year.
Rob Penney, the new head coach of the Crusaders will be making a return visit to his old haunts for the match in February 2024. The New Zealander coached Munster from 2012 to 2014. Penney will take over as the All Blacks coach following the World Cup succeeding the phenomenally successful Scott Robertson. The 2023-24 Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures (Live broadcast on TNT Sports)
2024 Crusaders Ireland and UK Fixtures:
Saturday, February 3 –
Munster v Crusaders, venue to be confirmed, 5pm
Friday, February 9 –
Bristol Bears v Crusaders, Ashton Gate, 7.30pm
Munster vs Crusaders friendly set to take place in Pairc Ui Chaoimh
It now appears likely that Munster’s 2024 “Clash of Champions” friendly match against the Crusaders will take place at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork GAA’s home field.
The URC champions, who had just secured the Crusaders’ fifth consecutive Super Rugby championship, announced last week that they would play the giants of New Zealand.
Last Saturday in Waikato, the New Zealand team won their eighth straight Super Rugby Pacific Championship, defeating the Chiefs 25–20 to keep the trophy.
With 14 titles under their belt, they are the most successful team in the competition’s history and are well-known throughout the globe for their track record of brilliance and achievement.
It will be the first-ever meeting between the defending URC and Super Rugby champions after Munster’s recent victory in the BKT United Rugby Championship in Cape Town.
Meanwhile, RugbyPass has discovered that the Crusaders will travel to Limerick, Ireland, for two preseason games in February 2024, including a match against Munster, in order to gauge the interest of fans in watching Super Rugby Pacific teams play in Europe.
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In February 2024, Munster Rugby will play their home game against the Super Rugby Champions Crusaders at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, February 3 at 5 p.m.
The URC and Super Rugby champions will square off against one another in a world rugby first known as the “Clash of Champions.”
In November of last year, Munster made history by hosting the first-ever Munster vs Crusaders rugby match at the Cork venue. The sold-out match against South Africa’s “A” proved to be a huge success on an unforgettable evening.
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Along with the acquisition of two other players on short-term contracts, Munster announced on Thursday that the 6′ 5in Jager would be joining them until the summer of 2027. Head coach Graham Rowntree is currently dealing with a number of injuries in critical areas.
Since Australian and New Zealand clubs have been working on the World Club competition for years it was impossible to pass up the chance for Super teams to play their counterparts in the northern hemisphere.
Munster is an especially difficult opponent because they have a history of giving visiting teams a difficult time. Additionally, Rob Penney our new head coach coached there so that’s a bonus.
Details about the Munster venue and tickets will be confirmed soon. Members of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club will receive direct communication about a presale. Purchase a season ticket for Munster Rugby here.