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Jones Facing Four Month Lay-Off

Jones Facing Four Month Lay-Off

Munster full-back Felix Jones will undergo shoulder surgery next week that will see him sidelined for at least four months. He sustained the damage to his shoulder in last Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final loss to the Ospreys.

Johne Murphy, who also sustained an ankle injury in the Ospreys game, will be out of action for three months as will Damien Varley who picked up an ankle injury in the RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Ulster on May 5.

Dave Foley and Ian Nagle, who are both recovering from shoulder operations, are expected to be back training around August time of the year.

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Meanwhile, a youthful Munster squad will travel to Glasgow this weekend to take part in the NCS Glasgow City Sevens at Cartha Queens Park RFC.

Munster Academy flyer Ronan O’Mahony will lead out the side which will include fellow Academy players Brian Hayes and Ryan Murphy.

The Munster Sub Academy’s Johnny Holland and Darren Moroney have also been included along with club players Richie Mullane and James Murphy, both from Shannon, Brian Slater (UCC) and Shaun Horgan (Garryowen).

Harry McNulty, who recently won the All-Ireland Club Sevens title with Dublin University, is another notable inclusion.

Munster Academy Elite Player Officer Colm McMahon, the coach of the travelling Munster side, said: “This is a great opportunity for these players to showcase their skills at Sevens rugby.

“Sevens is a great way of honing skills in a competitive fast-paced environment and the squad are looking forward to the challenge.”

MUNSTER SEVENS Squad: Ronan O’Mahony (Garryowen), Johnny Holland (Cork Constitution), Darren Moroney (UL Bohemians), Brian Hayes (Cork Constitution), Ryan Murphy (Dolphin), Richie Mullane (Shannon), James Murphy (Shannon), Brian Slater (UCC), Shaun Horgan (Garryowen), Harry McNulty (Dublin University).

Management: Colm McMahon (Coach), Feargal O’Callaghan (Conditioner), Patrick Hanley (Physiotherapist).