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Munster Squad Announced For Semi-Final

Munster Squad Announced For Semi-Final

Munster head coach Tony McGahan has named a 27-man squad for Saturday’s Magners League semi-final clash with the Ospreys at Thomond Park (kick-off 6.30pm).

The squad includes all of the province’s principal players including versatile forward Donnacha Ryan, who sat out the session at Thomond Park on Tuesday with a slight back strain.

19 of the players who were on duty for the Connacht match are present again, along with Lifeimi Mafi, Keith Earls, Conor Murray, the newly-announced Munster Player of the Year James Coughlan, Mick O’Driscoll, Tony Buckley, David Wallace and Donncha O’Callaghan.

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It will be the fifth meeting of the sides this season and Tony McGahan is anticipating ‘just as close an encounter as the previous ones.’

“There has been very little between the sides in any of the games we’ve played this year and I imagine there won’t be any difference this Saturday either,” said the Munster boss.

“The Ospreys have copped a lot of flack in the past but you only have to look at their results to see they are a really good side.

“There will certainly be no fear factor for them when they come to Thomond Park this weekend as they showed last year with the ability to win on the road.

“They highlighted that ability with the win over Leinster at the RDS to claim the title, and they won’t be giving up the title so easy this year.”

Tickets for this match are currently on sale at the new 2011/12 season prices, with a limited amount of junior and family packs available:

• Category A (Stand) – €;40
• Category B (Stand) – €;30
• Adult Terrace – €;20
• Junior Terrace* – €;10
• Family Terrace (2+2)* – €;40
• Adult & Child Cat B* – €;40

To buy Munster v Ospreys tickets online now, click here.

Tickets can also be purchased by telephoning 0818 719 300 and are available from the ticket offices at Thomond Park Stadium Limerick, Tramore Road Cork, the Munster Rugby stores in Cork and Limerick and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

MUNSTER Squad (v Ospreys) – Backs (12): Felix Jones, Doug Howlett, Danny Barnes, Johne Murphy, Lifeimi Mafi, Keith Earls, Simon Zebo, Paul Warwick, Ronan O’Gara, Tomas O’Leary, Peter Stringer, Conor Murray.

Forwards (15): James Coughlan, Denis Leamy, Niall Ronan, David Wallace, Donnacha Ryan, Mick O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Donncha O’Callaghan, Stephen Archer, John Hayes, Tony Buckley, Damien Varley, Mike Sherry, Wian du Preez, Marcus Horan.