Munster possess a strong enough core group of players to pull off a victory over Wasps in their Heineken Champions Cup opener, according to Bernard Jackman.

The build-up to the game has been dominated by the question of Munster's ability to field a team with the abandoned tour of South Africa resulting in the majority of their senior players either isolating at home or yet to return to Ireland.

The province have been reduced to a handful of Ireland internationals and academy players as they prepare for their trip to Coventry this Sunday. Munster today confirmed that some members of their 34-strong party that returned last week have tested positive for Covid-19.

While the Scarlets, who were also impacted by the visit to South Africa, have conceded their away trip to Bristol, resulting in a 28-0 win and five match points being awarded to the Bears, Munster have decided to avail of the EPCR's offer to allow teams extend the window to register players for the opening rounds of the tournament.

Munster have added 22 names to their list, all of whom are under the age of 21.

Wasps have struggled domestically this season with six losses from their opening nine games.

Having watched their latest loss to Worcester, and given the Munster backline is almost at full strength, former Ireland and Leinster hooker Bernard Jackman believes Johann van Graan’s side stand a good chance of an away win.

"They have a very good backline and with Peter O’Mahony, Tadhg Beirne and Dave Kilcoyne in the forward pack. It's just where they find the rest," he said on the latest RTÉ Rugby podcast.

It's far from ideal, but I believe they [Munster] can pull a win out of this, or if not a win, a losing bonus point

"There’s a rumour that they will tap into the guys who got home last week, who are currently in quarantine [until midnight Saturday ahead of a 3pm kick-off on Sunday], to fill some of the bench spots and also tap into the academy.

"It’s going to be a mix and match job, but there are 12 or 13 players who, if they were going out on a normal weekend in an ERC game for Munster, you wouldn’t have any surprises.

"Wasps are missing a lot of players...They aren’t travelling well either.

"It’s far from ideal, but I believe they can pull a win out of this, or if not a win, a losing bonus point. They have enough quality to ask questions of Wasps."

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