Thomond Park pitch which is waterlogged at present
The Munster versus Castres Champions cup clash, scheduled for 1pm this afternoon, has been delayed until 4pm.
Referee Ben Whitehouse inspected the pitch at 11am this morning and decided that another call on the availability of the pitch should be made at noon. The Welsh referee subsequently did another inspection and it has been decided to play the game at 4pm.
Due to the heavy rainfall Referee Ben Whitehouse has confirmed today's kick off will now be at 4pm #MUNvCO— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) January 21, 2018
Supporters, many of whom were already in the ground, now have a long wait ahead of them for the crucial tie between their beloved Munster and the French side Castres.
Munster need to win the game, score four tries and win by more than five points, to secure a home quarter final on the weekend of March 30, however with conditions not conducive to expansive rugby, it will be a tough ask for Johann van Graan's side.
In a further twist, both La Rochelle and Ulster, both vying for a home quarter final spot, will now kick off after Munster. Both La Rochelle and Ulster who face Harlequins and Wasps respectively, kick off at 3.15pm, meaning Munster will have an advantage of knowing exactly what they need to get from their own game as they will now have a 45 minute advantage.
If the game had not gone ahead today, Munster would have been tasked with finding another venue to play the game within 24 hours of today's original kick off time.
With the players now having to restart their day, a bonus point win could very well be one of Munster's most impressive feats to date.
For more on this game, see www.limerickleader.ie for match report and analysis after the final whistle.
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