Munster will host Monday rugby at Thomond, no Musgrave Park fixtures yet

Munster will host Monday rugby at Thomond, no Musgrave Park fixtures yet

JJ Hanrahan of Munster kicks a penalty during the Guinness PRO14 Round 9 match between Munster and Leinster at Thomond Park. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

THOMOND Park will host the first Monday night game in the new Guinness PRO14 season as organisers attempt to find a suitable shop window for their wares in a schedule bursting at the seams because of the glut of upcoming international fixtures.

There aren't any games at Musgrave Park in Munster's first eight matches, four at Thomond and four away. 

Munster's round three meeting with Cardiff Blues on October 26 at 8.15pm will get the Monday Night Rugby ball rolling and there are plenty more besides — 14 in all — through the first eight weeks of fixtures which were released on Wednesday afternoon.

The league campaign will also feature a greater number of Sunday games as the competition looks to avoid the delayed Six Nations games from earlier this year and the Autumn Nations Cup which, together, will span the period from October through to early December.

It has also been confirmed that the familiar 'derby' rounds will again take place over the festive season with the pick of them being Munster's hosting of Leinster on December 26 in Limerick. Ulster will travel to Galway on the same day.

The PRO14 name and format remain the same, with two conferences, even with the situation regarding South African involvement so uncertain. As things stand, there will be no teams participating in the league from the Rainbow nation until 2021.

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