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Munster Name Squad For Edinburgh Encounter

Munster Name Squad For Edinburgh Encounter

Team captain Paul O’Connell, as well as out-half Ronan O’Gara and full-back Denis Hurley, are new inclusions in the Munster squad this week for Saturday’s Magners League tussle with Edinburgh (Musgrave Park, kick-off 7.30pm).

Munster’s full World Cup contingent are included in the 27-man squad for the game against Edinburgh, with O’Connell hoping to bounce back from the back strain which forced him to miss last week’s 11-11 draw with Glasgow Warriors at Firhill.

O’Gara, who has been nursing a knee injury since the World Cup’s pool stages, is in line to make his seasonal debut for the province, while young full-back Hurley, in recent weeks, has shown encouraging signs of his recovery from an ankle injury.

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He sustained the injury in August’s friendly match against the US Eagles in Chicago and has been out of the reckoning for Munster even since, although the 23-year-old did prove his fitness by playing a full part in Cork Constitution’s AIB League Division One win over Blackrock College last Saturday.

MUNSTER Squad (v Edinburgh): Forwards (15) – John Hayes, Federico Pucciariello, Marcus Horan, Tony Buckley, Frankie Sheahan, Jerry Flannery, Mick O’Driscoll, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell (capt), Mark Melbourne, Denis Leamy, James Coughlan, Anthony Foley, David Wallace, Alan Quinlan.

Backs (12) – Peter Stringer, Tomas O’Leary, Paul Warwick, Ronan O’Gara, Lifeimi Mafi, Rua Tipoki, Kieran Lewis, Barry Murphy, Brian Carney, Keith Earls, Ian Dowling, Denis Hurley.