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Thursday 30 March 2017

Munster's Aussie test

MUNSTER will get another chance to replicate one of 2008's most thrilling sporting occasions after the Wallabies announced that they will follow the All Blacks' example by pitching up in Thomond Park for a midweek tour game on November 16.

Munster has a great record against the Australians with wins in 1967, 1980 and in 1992 when an injury-time drop goal by local hero Jim Galvin defeated the then world champions.

"It will be a huge night," said Jim Williams, former Munster legend and Wallabies' forwards coach. "Knowing the passion the people of Munster have for the game, and how they get behind their team, it's going to be a massive match for us.

"Matches against international sides are rare for club teams these days, and you saw what it meant to Munster two years ago when they last had the opportunity to play an international side. They led the All Blacks until late in the game before going down 18-16," added Williams.

"That was a cracking game. The atmosphere inside Thomond Park looked incredible, and it surely lifted the players, as it will again when we play there. Munster has great depth.

"Knowing the Munster coach Tony McGahan as I do, I'm sure he will have a fair idea even now as which players he'll be able to turn out against us, and it will be a strong side, don't worry about that."

"Playing them at Thomond Park will be a major challenge. We certainly know what we are in for, but it's a game we will look forward to."

Irish Independent

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