...Paul O'Connell and David Wallace are in high spirits at Munster's training session on Wednesday at Temple Hill in Cork...
JohnKelly, Barry Murphy and David Wallace have been included in a 25-man squad for Munster's Heineken Cup visit to Cardiff (ArmsPark, kick-off 1pm) this Sunday, despite fears over their fitness.
Allthree had to be taken off during last weekend's Magners League win overConnacht, with Kelly picking up a hamstring injury, Murphy left nursinga sore shoulder and Wallace also sustained a leg injury.
If Wallace plays he will join a select band of players who have made 50 Heineken Cup appearances - his back row colleague Alan Quinlan is also set to hit the half century mark in the Welsh capital.
Former All Black Christian Cullen, whoscored a try last week on his return from a shoulder injury, stands achance of making his first Heineken Cup appearance since last April'squarter-final against Perpignan.
Meanwhile, Munster coach Declan Kidney, whois set to confirm his starting team and replacements on Friday, waspleased that his players were given a very stiff test by Connacht.
He said: "The Connacht game was tough. They asked a lot of questions ofus in defence. We had to stack up there, because for long periods therewas little or nothing between the sides.
"There were some aspects of the game that we got a lot of practice at.And there are other aspects that we must get more practice at so as notto be under the same type of pressure next week."
Munster captain Paul O'Connell is relishing the chance to put one over on Cardiff, as the Welshmen have beaten the current Heineken Cup champions on each of the three occasions that they have played each other in Europe - once in 1996 and twice in 1997.
Incredibly this weekend's Pool 4 showdown is the sides' first European meeting since September 1997.
O'Connell typically talked up the Blues and the calibre of their team,saying: "Cardiff will be dangerous opponents for a number of reasons,not least the fear that if they lose they could be out of Europe. It'sa massive game for them.
They have lots of internationals playing. The experience is there inthe side, and with home advantage it's bound to weigh things up intheir favour.
Martyn Williams is in top form and Mike Phillips,their scrum half, has been a great signing for them. They've got classall over the pitch, so we're under no illusions about how difficultit's going to be.
MUNSTER Squad: Backs - ShaunPayne, Christian Cullen, John Kelly, Anthony Horgan, Trevor Halstead,Lifeimi Mafi, Barry Murphy, Ian Dowling, Ronan O'Gara, Jeremy Manning,Tomas O'Leary, Peter Stringer.
Forwards - Darragh Hurley,Federico Pucciariello, John Hayes, Andy Kyriacou, Frankie Sheahan,Chris Wyatt, Paul O'Connell (capt), Donncha O'Callaghan, Alan Quinlan,John O'Sullivan, Tim McGann, Denis Leamy, David Wallace.