Friday 13 December 2019

Munster game re-fixed for 4pm due to abysmal conditions at Thomond Park

Groundstaff remove surface water from the pitch prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick.Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Groundstaff remove surface water from the pitch prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick.Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; Ground staff work on the pitch prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; A general view of Thomond Park prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; A general view of Thomond Park prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; A general view of Thomond Park prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; A general view of Thomond Park prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; Match steward Gerry Kennedy spreads sand onto the walkways of the West Stand prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
21 January 2018; Ground staff work on the pitch prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 6 match between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Heavy overnight rain has forced Munster's crucial Champions Cup game against Castres Olympique to be re-fixed for 4pm.

Ground staff have been working tirelessly to remove surface water from the Thomond Park pitch to try and get the game started as scheduled at 1pm but referee Ben Whitehouse has decided to put back the kick-off by three hours to allow for conditions to improve.

Munster know that a bonus-point win will guarantee them top spot in Pool 4 and a home quarter-final but Castres have plenty to play for.

If Castres can pick up four points, deny Munster a losing bonus and Racing 92 lose to Leicester then they will top the standings in their group.

The postponement means that Johann van Graan's men will be aware of the Racing result ahead of their game and what they need to do to to seal a Thomond quarter-final.

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