The teams for Friday's Round 9 fixtures of the BKT United Rugby Championship have been named with all details of match officials and broadcast information below.
TEAM NEWS HEADLINES
- Makazole Mapimpi has returned to the club from Springbok duty and has been named on the wing
- Rhys Webb is set to captain the side, with backrower Will Hickey set to make his second start in succession for the Ospreys
- Scotland internationals return to Edinburgh Rugby - Mark Bennett, Blair Kinghorn, Pierre Schoemman, Darcy Graham, Duhan van der Merwe, Viliame Mata
John Ryan starts on his 200th appearance for Munster province, becoming the 13th player to reach the landmark while Peter O’Mahony captains the side
Cell C Sharks v Ospreys
Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban – KO 17.10 IRE & UK / 18.10 ITA / 19.10 SA
Referee: Eoghan Cross (IRFU, 6th league game)
AR 1: Stephan Geldenhuys (SARU) AR 2: Griffin Colby (SARU)
TMO: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
Live on: SuperSport, BBC Wales, Viaplay, TG4, Discovery +, Premier Sports & URC.tv
Cell C Sharks: Boeta Chamberlain, Marnus Potgieter, Francois Venter, Ben Tapuai, Makazole Mapimpi, Curwin Bosch, Jaden Hendrikse, Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Carlu Sadie, Vincent Tshituka, Gerbrandt Grobler, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Jeandre Labuschagne, Phepsi Buthelezi (CAPT)
Replacements : Dan Jooste, Ntuthuko Mchunu, Khutha Mchunu, Hyron Andrews, James Venter, Grant Williams, Nevaldo Fleurs, Rohan Janse van Rensburg
Ospreys: Max Nagy, Luke Morgan, Michael Collins, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler, Keelan Giles, Jack Walsh, Rhys Webb (CAPT), Rhys Henry, Sam Parry, Tom Botha, Bradley Davies, Huw Sutton, Ethan Roots, Will Hickey, Morgan Morris
Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Garyn Phillips, Ben Warren, Jack Regan, Harri Deaves, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Luke Scully, Cai Evans
Ospreys Attack Coach Richard Fussell said: “We’re expecting a reaction from the Cell C Sharks after the Cardiff game. Whether it’s a change on the field or an attitude change from them, they’re going to come out all guns blazing. But we’re going to focus on ourselves, as we showed against the Bulls, when we get ourselves right we can be a formidable outfit.”
Edinburgh Rugby v Munster
The DAM Health Stadium, Edinburgh – KO 19.35 IRE & UK / 20.35 ITA / 21.35 SA
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR, 3rd league game)
AR 1: Ian Kenny (SRU) AR 2: Ross Mabon (SRU)
TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (FFR)
Live on: Viaplay, TG4, SuperSport, Premier Sports, Discovery + & URC.tv
Edinburgh Rugby: Wes Goosen, Darcy Graham, Mark Bennett, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe, Blair Kinghorn, Ben Vellacott, Pierre Schoeman, Paddy Harrison, Luan de Bruin, Jamie Hodgson, Grant Gilchrist (CO-CAPT), Jamie Ritchie (CO-CAPT), Luke Crosbie, Viliame Mata
Replacements: Tom Cruse, Boan Venter, WP Nel, Marshall Sykes, Nick Haining, Charlie Shiel, Jaco van der Walt, James Lang
Munster: Munster: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O'Mahony (CAPT), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Josh Wycherley, Roman Salanoa, Jack O'Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Jack Crowley, Patrick Campbell.
Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Mike Blair said: “First and foremost, this week has been really tough for all connected to Scottish rugby.
“Doddie was such a huge figure and the enormity of what he managed to achieve to raise both awareness and money in the fight against MND is unmeasurable – the thoughts of all of us at Edinburgh Rugby go out to his family, friends and former teammates. As a squad, we’ve spoken a lot about Doddie this week and what he stood for. It’s brilliant that we’re able to pay tribute to a real icon of Scottish rugby tomorrow night and it will be an emotional moment as we celebrate his life pre-match.
Munster Forwards Coach Andi Kyriacou said: “ Edinburgh have had a lot of success around their maul, and it’s something we have highlighted – we’ve had some good tests in that area from Ulster and South Africa – we feel that we are in a good position to face what’s coming at us on the weekend.”