There mightn’t be too many familiar names involved in Friday’s British & Irish Cup match between Munster’s ‘A-Team’ and Nottingham at Waterford’s RSC, but the bigger picture could be more exciting.
Behind-the-scenes moves to bring a senior Munster friendly, and perhaps a Magners League match or two to Kilbarry — possibly against Italian opposition — have been afoot for some time. (Declan Kidney was at the opening of the new stand in 2008 remember.)
Having seen the boys in red beat Leinster ‘A’ at Ballinakill last year, the Munster branch realises that if rugby is to fully capitalise on its current popularity it has to reach out to the rest of the province rather than it being the preserve of Limerick and Cork.
As well as the impact on the pitch, Waterford United-watchers will be interested to see what short of crowd turns up given the sparse attendances at Blues home games in recent years. The prices for tickets — available via munsterrugby.ie only — are a very reasonable €10 for adults, €3 for under-16s and €20 for a ‘family pack’ (2 adults, 2 kids), with half-price discounts for members of the Munster Rugby Supporters Club. A decent attendance
and Waterford may soon be on the Munster map proper.