Aironi Rugby will launch their competitive career in Cork on the opening weekend of the 10th anniversary season of the Magners League after Munster announced the venues for their 11 home games this season.
The 2009 Magners League champions have agreed to play four Magners League matches at Cork’s Musgrave Park – starting with their opening fixture against the new Italian franchise.
Musgrave Park has proved a happy hunting ground for Munster and of the 44 Magners League matches played there they have won 35 and drawn one. They are unbeaten in the tournament in Cork over the past two seasons.
In fact, you have to go back to the last game of the 2007/2008 season for Munster’s last defeat at Musgrave Park – a 21-18 reverse on 10 May against Glasgow Warriors.
As well as Aironi Rugby, Munster will also face the Scarlets, Glasgow Warriors and Newport Gwent Dragons in Cork in the regular league season.
Munster’s first home game at Thomond Park will be against the reigning champions, the Ospreys, on the weekend of 17/18/19 September.
Munster Magners League Home Games 2010/11
3/4/5 September Munster v Aironi (Musgrave Park)
17/18/19 September Munster v Ospreys (Thomond Park)
22/23/24 October Munster v Benetton Treviso (Thomond Park)
19/20/21 November Munster v Scarlets (Musgrave Park)
3/4/5 December Munster v Cardiff Blues (Thomond Park)
31/1/2 Dec/Jan Munster v Ulster (Thomond Park)
7/8/9 January Munster v Glasgow Warriors (Musgrave Park)
18/19/20 February Munster v Edinburgh (Thomond Park)
4/5/6 March Munster v NG Dragons (Musgrave Park)
1/2/3 April Munster v Leinster (Thomond Park)
6/7/8 May Munster v Connacht (Thomond Park)