Massive Injury Blow For Munster Ahead Of Champions Cup Opener With Exeter

Not good.

Munster could be in serious trouble at scrumhalf for this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup opener with Premiership giants Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

The southern province could go into the tie with just one recognised senior scrumhalf with news that New Zealander Alby Mathewson is a major doubt for the fixture.

Head coach Johann van Graan is already without Neil Cronin, James Hart and Conor Murray for the crucial game, with Mathewson set to undergo a scan today to asses knee damage picked up in the loss to Leinster on Saturday.

Should Mathewson not make it – Duncan Williams will have to start this weekend, with an academy prospect (potentially Jack Stafford) brought in to cover the bench. Not ideal ahead of one of the biggest games of the season.