The Munster women will open this year’s IRFU Interprovincial Championship on Saturday week (October 17) by playing at Thomond Park for the first time and their match against Ulster will create even more history as it will be the first double header with the men’s senior side.
Tony McGahan’s Munster will take on Benetton Treviso in their first home Heineken Cup match of the season at 1.35pm on October 17, while the Munster women, coached by former Ireland international Fiona Steed, will face off against Ulster at 5.30pm.
The Munster women will be looking for all support on the day as they open the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial Championship and are asking supporters to stay and enjoy the game after the Heineken Cup tie.
Alternatively come along to Thomond Park after the Munster v Treviso game, with gates open from 4.30pm and entry via gates 8 and 9 in the East Stand, with free admission.
The Munster women have been training together since mid-July and are bidding to retain the IRFU Women’s Interprovincial title for the fourth consecutive season.
Commening on the campaign to date, head coach Fiona Steed said: “Our pre-season has gone really well, with the added trip to France a real bonus in terms of player and squad development.
“There is still a lot to cover before we meet Ulster at Thomond Park but both the backroom team and players are putting maximum effort in.
“The standard of the interpros and indeed women’s rugby in Ireland has been improving year on year and I think we will face tough competition from the other three provinces in our bid to defend our title and hopefully continue our unbeaten run.”
The Munster women, who have already defeated French Division 2 side Villelongue and French Division 1 champions Montpellier on their pre-season tour, are looking forward to their opening game against Ulster and their first ever opportunity to play at Thomond Park.
Munster captain Joy Neville said: “It will be one of the greatest honours to play at Thomond Park representing Munster and we are certainly very excited about this opportunity.
“After all our hard work to date, I’m really looking forward to playing together as a team and putting what we have been practising on the training pitch into action, to provide a good performance and entertain the crowd with our style of rugby.”
Make sure to be a part of creating history for the women’s game and come out to support the Munster v Ulster women’s match at Thomond Park!