Mike Haley is hoping to experience the Thomond Park European roar for the first time as a Munster player when Gloucester come calling on Saturday (kick-off 1pm).

The Irish qualified full-back - his grandmother hails from Tralee - joined Johaan van Graan's side this season and made his first Heineken Champions Cup start for the province in the draw at Premiership leaders Exeter last weekend.

"It was a good result," he told RTÉ Sport. "A lot of teams will go to Exeter and not get anything there, so coming away with two points was positive.

"We knew that for 40 minutes of the game we would have to play into the wind and dig deep.

"We knew there would be points where we were almost on their line and they hoof the ball 80 metres. We just had to get back there and start again, the boys were all prepared for that.

"Credit to the boys, and the forwards especially - they played brilliantly."

This week, they face another English team in good form. Gloucester are fourth in the table and marshalled by Haley's former Sale team-mate Danny Cipriani, who he calls "a very special talent".

The 24 year old actually made his European debut against Munster for Sale back in 2014.

"They’re flying high at the moment and it will be a very good game.

"I’m looking forward to hopefully getting out in front of Thomond. European nights are very special so it’s going to be a great occasion.

"I was blown away by the support at Sandy Park, I’d never been there and had a crowd out-roaring the home crowd so I’m looking forward to Thomond and seeing what it’s going to be like."

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