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Munster To Play Crusaders In ‘Clash Of The Champions’ Next Year

Munster celebrate with the URC trophy 27/5/2023

Munster celebrate with the URC trophy following their final victory over the DHL Stormers in Cape Town ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Munster Rugby and the 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 New Zealand franchise secured their seventh successive Super Rugby Pacific Championship last Saturday in Waikato, defeating the Chiefs 25-20 to retain their title.

They are the most successful team in the competition’s history having won 14 trophies, and are world renowned for their history and record of success and excellence.

Following Munster’s recent BKT United Rugby Championship success in Cape Town, it will be the first time ever the reigning champions of the URC and Super Rugby face off against each other.

Former Munster head coach Rob Penney has already been confirmed as the new Crusaders boss from 2024, and their pre-season campaign will see them embark on their first ever international tour for fixtures against Munster and Bristol Bears.

Munster Rugby CEO Ian Flanagan commented: “We are delighted to welcome the Super Rugby champions to Munster, hosting a ground-breaking fixture against the Crusaders.

“We hold a proud and rich history of playing touring sides and I’ve no doubt next February’s game will be a special occasion for all involved.”

Colin Mansbridge, the Crusaders CEO, said: “The Crusaders are thrilled to be coming over to Ireland and the UK to face some stiff competition away from home.

“NZ and Australian clubs have been working on the World Club competition for years, so when an opportunity for Super teams to play northern hemisphere counterparts came up, it was just too good to pass up.

“Munster have a history of giving touring sides a pretty hard time, so they present particularly tough competition. There’s also the added connection with our new head coach Rob Penney who coached there.”

The venue within Munster, and ticket details, will be confirmed in due course. Munster Rugby Supporters Club members will be contacted directly regarding a pre-sale. Buy a Munster Rugby season ticket here.

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