David Corkery says Munster will thrive on busy European schedule

Top of Pool 1 with a game in hand, Munster are being tipped for qualification to the knock-out stages of the European Champions Cup.

Tournament organisers confirmed on Friday that the province’s fixture against Racing Metro, which was postponed following the death of the Munster Head Coach and former captain, Anthony Foley, will kick off at Stade Yves-du-Manoir on January 7 (3.45pm, Irish time).

It means Munster will play three consecutive weekends in Europe with matches against Glasgow and Racing Metro (in Thomond) set to complete their Pool One campaign.

Former Munster and Ireland flanker David Corkery believes that the re-arranged fixture will work in the province’s favour.

“Basically, they’ve got to put three games into a block that would normally have meant there were two games in a block.

“For a professional side like Munster, that shouldn’t be a problem. Obviously, the situation will be different from playing PRO12 league matches, it’s good in one respect and tough in another, but Munster will have enough experience that they should be able to deal with whatever has been thrown at them.

“The only negative I can see about it is that they (players) will have to be at a different level of intensity, but then again there is no doubt that they have shown that ability to move up a gear when required. There is always the worry that players will get injured, particularly when you’re going to be playing high-intensity matches. Munster have to play rounds three and four home and away to old rivals Leicester Tigers next month before turning into a busy post- Christmas programme.

To accommodate the re-arranged game, Munster’s Guinness Pro 12 clash with Edinburgh has been postponed and a new date has yet to be announced.

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