Munster get Saturday fixture for any home semi-final

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster assistant coach, Brian Walsh speaks to his players during squad training at Musgrave Park this Tuesday
MUNSTER will have a Saturday, May 23 afternoon kick-off at Thomond Park should Anthony Foley’s charges secure a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12.

MUNSTER will have a Saturday, May 23 afternoon kick-off at Thomond Park should Anthony Foley’s charges secure a home semi-final in the Guinness PRO12.

The PRO12 organisers have confirmed than any home semi-final for Munster would take place on Saturday week with a 2.30pm kick-off.

The other semi-final is scheduled to take place on Friday, May 22 at 7.45pm.

Munster are this week preparing for a crucial final round regular season fixture against the Dragons at Musgrave Park on Saturday, 3pm.

Foley’s charges are currently one of thee sides locked together at the top of the table on 70 points. However, Munster are ranked three of the sides as both Glasgow and the Ospreys have recorded 15 wins to date this season on the PRO12, one more than Munster.

The top two ranked sides in the table will secure home semi-finals in the Guinness PRO12. While Munster face the Dragons in Cork this weekend, Glasgow host fourth-placed Ulster, while the Ospreys travel to Galway to take on Connacht. Munster’s crucial home fixture with Dragons will be televised live on TG4 on Saturday.

Munster look set to be without in-form back-row forward Tommy O’Donnell for Saturday’s game due to a leg injury.

O’Donnell, who was replaced early on against Ulster on Saturday, is to undergo a scan for a leg injury. Winger Simon Zebo, who has been managing back spasms in the last week, will continue to be reviewed.

Munster have also confirmed that prop Dave Kilcoyne, a half-time replacement in Belfast, sustained a concussion and he is currently following return to play protocols.

There was good news for Felix Jones, however, after he departed Kingspan Stadium with his arm in a sling on Saturday. Further investigation ruled out any hand injury and he received the all clear to return to full training today, Tuesday.