Saturday 17 August 2019

Paris Terror Attacks: Hundreds of Munster fans will attend Paris match

Stade Jean Bouin
Stade Jean Bouin

Ralph Riegel

HUNDREDS of Irish rugby fans will fly to France this weekend to show solidarity with Parisians and defy terrorism.

Munster is scheduled to play Stade Francais in Paris on Sunday in the European Champions Cup.

Munster Rugby Supporters Club members said they plan to travel in their droves, but travel agents have stressed that cancellations will be accepted in light of the terror attacks in Paris last Friday night.

The match is scheduled to take place in Stade Jean Bouin (right) in the 16th arrondissement.

It is located almost directly across the road from Parc des Princes.

Paddy Baird of Killester Travel, one of Munster Rugby's biggest agents, said the match is expected to proceed and hundreds of Munster fans are expected to travel.

"All of the information we have at this stage indicates that the match will go ahead," he said.

"Obviously we are monitoring developments very closely and we will be having a meeting about the match on Wednesday.

"But I believe that the match will go ahead, and I suspect that a lot of rugby fans will travel not just to cheer on Munster but also to show their support and solidarity for France and to show that terrorism cannot and will not win."

Anywhere between 400 and 1,000 Munster fans are expected to travel to Paris for the big match.

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