London Irish to visit Munster for pre-season clashBy Alan Manicom
June 01, 2011
London Irish will warm up for the new rugby season with a match against newly crowned Magners League play-off champions Munster.
The pre-season encounter will take place at Thomond Park on Friday August 26 (7pm kick-off).
Exiles will play their annual match against London Welsh at Sunbury on Saturday August 13 then travel to the south west of France to face Biarritz Olympique at the Parcs des Sports Aguiléra on Friday August 19 before moving on to Limerick for their final pre-season friendly against Munster.
Honours were even when the clubs met twice in the group stage of last season's Heineken Cup.
London Irish triumphed 23-17 in front of a crowd of 20,188 at Madejski Stadium last October, but in the return three months later Munster scored three late tries to snatch a dramatic late 28-14 win.
Munster, who beat Leinster 19-9 in the Magners League final on Saturday, will provide Exiles with the tough test that their coach Toby Booth wanted the week before their Aviva Premiership opener.
Irish are due to begin the season against one of their local rivals in the London Double Header at Twickenham on Saturday September 3.