Munster have confirmed that their Champions Cup quarterfinal match against Toulouse will be played in Dublin's Aviva Stadium. Thomond Park was not available due to Ed Sheeran concerts.
The defending champions are expected to be facing the Irish province on the weekend 6/7/8 May.
Sheeran will be performing at Limerick's Thomond Park, 5 and 6 May.
Philip Quinn, chief operating officer at Muster, stated that it was not an easy decision.
Quinn said, “We have been vocal about our support for the venue securing large scale concerts for several years.”
“It's been nine years since we held concerts on this scale, and we are well aware of the enormous economic benefit that these concerts bring to the area, as well as the stadium itself.
“We know it's frustrating for our loyal and committed support base and we would love to play in Thomond Park. This decision was made prior the season started and at a moment when economic factors were centrally important to the decision making process given the devastating effects of the pandemic.
“We are working now through our plans for making our quarter-final accessible to all of our supporters. Details will be confirmed in the coming Days once EPCR confirms the Aviva fixture details.”
Munster beat ExeterToulouse, five-time winner, reached the final eight while Toulouse held on to their title defense with a dramatic one-point aggregate win over Ulster.