Munster Announce Pre-Season Friendly Against English Premiership Opposition

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Munster Rugby have today confirmed that the province will host Declan Kidney’s London Irish at Irish Independent Park on Friday, September 13 at 7.30pm.

The teams will compete for the Jack Wakefield Memorial Trophy, which is contested every time London Irish play an Irish province in a challenge match. The trophy is named in honour of a young London Irish supporter who passed away in 2005.

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As the sides meet for the ninth time in 12 seasons, London Irish Director of Rugby Kidney returns to Cork for the second year in a row.

The game will form part of Munster’s preparations for the upcoming campaign with the Guinness PRO14 season starting later than usual this year due to the Rugby World Cup.

Munster face Connacht at the Sportsground the following week with a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, September 21. Former Munster Head Coach Kidney led the province to two European Cup titles, in 2006 and 2008, and won the Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009.