Rugby fans to descend on Limerick as Munster open their European campaign

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

NORTHAMPTON Saints arrive in Limerick this weekend for their third Heineken Cup game here in under two years, bringing a welcome influx of visitors to the region for the start of the Munster’s European campaign.

NORTHAMPTON Saints arrive in Limerick this weekend for their third Heineken Cup game here in under two years, bringing a welcome influx of visitors to the region for the start of the Munster’s European campaign.

The English Premiership side took just over half of their allocation for the match in Thomond Park, meaning at least 1,500 supporters will flow into Limerick for the match, providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

Munster Rugby confirmed to the Limerick Leader that the Saints took 1,500 of their 3,000 ticket allocation for the match, making it likely the largest visiting crowd for any match at Thomond Park this season, outside of Leinster’s visit in the Rabo Direct Pro12 in March of next year.

Despite some terrace tickets going on public sale this week, the likelihood is that there will be a full house in Thomond Park for the match on Saturday, which has a 6pm kick off.

After stuttering at the pool stages for the first time in ten years last season, Munster will be keen to get their Heineken Cup campaign off to a flying start, and will be well aware of the threat the Saints pose, yet start as slight favourites.