Monday 22 December 2014

Heineken Cup: Rugby revellers told to wrap up warm ahead of Montpelier clash

Published 25/04/2013 | 05:00

The Irish Independent’s Laura Butler will report from Montpellier in the run-up to the Munster game on Saturday

WITH sporadic showers and cool temperatures at night, rugby revellers are being advised to pack wisely ahead if this weekend's Heineken Cup clash in Montpellier.

It will be a mixed bag of sunshine and rainy spells over the coming days at this year's semi final host city.

Regional forecasts are anticipating occasional drizzle tomorrow in the area, with a dry and warm afternoon predicted on Saturday as fans mull around the grounds of Stade de la Mosson- approximately 30 minutes outside the town centre.

With light winds making kicking duties easier for our number 10, be it Ronan O'Gara or UCD graduate Ian Keatley, the pitch should be in peak condition.

On what we hope will be a night of celebrations, families should have their umbrellas handy, as April showers are expected to be at their heaviest after dark and into the early hours of Sunday morning.

It will be a cool night also, with temperatures dropping to as low as 11 degrees.

Although anoraks should be at the ready just as much as SPF on the big day itself, the picturesque setting of over 256,000 people will still attract thousands of our ‘on tour’ sightseers in the build up to Saturday's battle with ASM Clermont Auvergne, as they soak up the local culture.

The capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Montpellier is situated minutes from the beach and has plenty to offer the Red Army as they gear up for the fixture.

Aside from the winding Rues and sprawling historic boulevards, punters can make the most of the local cuisine and typically French cafes at Place de la Comedie, the country's most graceful central square.

Irish Independent

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