Munster face Toulouse in Saturday lunch-time fixture

By Colm Kinsella

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By Colm Kinsella

New Munster signing Quentin McDonald will make his debut for the province this Friday
MUNSTER’S glamour Heineken Cup quarter-final showdown with Toulouse at Thomond Park will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 1.30pm.

MUNSTER’S glamour Heineken Cup quarter-final showdown with Toulouse at Thomond Park will take place on Saturday, April 5 at 1.30pm.

Four-time Heineken Cup winners Toulouse will be making their first visit to Limerick for the April 5, lunch-time fixture.

Rob Penney’s Munster side secured a home quarter-final thanks to a bonus-point win over Edinburgh in their final pool game.

Munster home quarter-final ticket allocation will be distributed through the province’s rugby clubs, Munster Rugby Supporters Club and to 10-year ticket holders.

Should any tickets remain after these allocations have been processed, they will be released to other long-term ticket holders and season ticket holders.

Away club are entitled to 25% of each ticket category for quarter-final fixtures.

The two sides have met on four occasions previously in the Heineken Cup with each team recording two wins. Munster’s most recent success over the French aristocrats came in the 2008 final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The mouth-watering fixture at Thomond Park will be followed by the meeting of last season’s beaten finalists, ASM Clermont Auvergne, and Leicester Tigers at Stade Marcel-Michelin.

The Saturday April 5 schedule will be completed when number one seeds, Ulster, host Saracens at Ravenhill. Sunday, 6 April will feature the first match between reigning champions, Toulon, and three-time winners, Leinster at Stade Felix Mayol.

Munster are back in action on Saturday, February 8 when they take on Cardiff Blues in the RaboDirect PRO12 at Thomond Park, 7.15pm.

HEINEKEN CUP QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES

(All kick-offs local time)

Saturday, April 5

Munster v Toulouse, Thomond Park, 1.30pm

ASM Clermont Auvergne v Leicester Tigers, Stade Marcel-Michelin, 5pm

Ulster Rugby v Saracens, Ravenhill, 6.30pm

Sunday, April 6

Toulon v Leinster, Stade Félix Mayol, 5.30pm

SEMI-FINALS

Matches to be played on weekend April 25-27

Semi-final 1: Ulster Rugby or Saracens v ASM Clermont Auvergne or Leicester Tigers

Semi-final 2: Toulon or Leinster Rugby v Munster Rugby or Toulouse

HEINEKEN CUP FINAL

Saturday, May 24, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 5pm