4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
Just four players, Christian Cullen, Shaun Payne, Donncha O'Callaghan and David Wallace remain in the side with Payne switching to the right wing to accomodate James Storey at outside and David Wallace selected at number 8 in a strong back-row that includes Alan Quinlan and Denis Leamy both of whom were involved with the national squad this week.
Alan Gaffney - " Obviously a number of squad members are not available to us because of their involvement with the national squad. We are however fortunate that we have quality players we need to give time to and this provides us with that opportunity. They can use this time to push for places in our Heineken Cup squad while others like Anthony Horgan, Jim Williams and Rob Henderson are being given a well earned rest".
Certainly Donncha O'Callaghan could use the game time, as he is sorely in need of matches, having played against just The Ospreys this year.
Munster Team: C Cullen; S Payne; J Storey; J Holland; M Lawlor; P Burke; M Prendergast; F Roche; J Flannery; G McIlwham; D O'Callaghan; T Hogan; A Quinlan; D Leamy; D Wallace. Replacements: J Blaney, E M