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Morne Steyn returns for Bulls showdown with Munster – after ban is lifted

The Bulls have opted for consistency for their United Rugby Challenge encounter against Irish side, Munster Rugby, at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Rugby Bulls Director Jake White made no changes to his squad’s starting XV for the game, opting to continue with the same team that impressed in the squad’s 45-7 win against Zebre Parma in their previous URC outing in Italy.

Veteran flyhalf, Morne Steyn, will return to the game day squad while providing cover from the bench after completing an initial three-week suspension, which was reduced to two weeks, for a dangerous tackle.

The Tshwane squad has been hard at work this week preparing for what is expected to be one of their toughest games of the season yet.

Munster Rugby has shown good form this season, winning eight of their 11 matches so far.

The Irish side will be on a roll after a dominant 64-3 win over the Welsh side, Dragons, in their most recent game a week ago.

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“We have a tough challenge ahead of us this weekend against a quality outfit in Munster Rugby. They have been one of the standout teams in the United Rugby Championship so far this season. It’s no small feat to have a record eight wins in their 11 games,” White said before the match.

“Munster Rugby may be missing some of their internationals this week, but they continue to be a strong side with other international players such as Springbok World Cup winner Damian de Allende on their team. This is a great opportunity for our players to test themselves against some of the the best players in the world.”

The game starts on Saturday at 4.05 pm.

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