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Broken Hand Sidelines van den Heever

Broken Hand Sidelines van den Heever

Preparations began today for Munster’s key Heineken Cup round 3 clash with Perpignan at Thomond Park on Sunday (kick-off 12.45pm).

On the injury front, Munster’s latest signing Gerhard van den Heever broke a bone in his right hand against the Newport Gwent Dragons last Friday night.

The South African back, who is not registered for the Heineken Cup, is ruled out of action for the immediate future and will see a specialist later in the week.

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James Coughlan suffered a left eye trauma and will see a specialist today as a precautionary measure, while fellow forward Mike Sherry will get a scan today on his left knee.

There were a number of Munster senior, development and Academy players in Ulster Bank League action over the weekend, with Luke O’Dea, Ronan O’Mahony and Cian Bohane all scoring tries for their clubs.

In Division 1A, Ronan O’Mahony touched down for a Garryowen side that also featured Academy winger Alex Wootton and flanker Shane Buckley, but the Dooradoyle side slipped to a 35-10 loss to Lansdowne.

Bohane crossed for a try as Dolphin overcame Ballynahinch 25-18 in Cork. Development hooker Niall Scannell also played with Munster Academy player Rory Scannell kicking ten points. Fellow Academy players Ryan Murphy and Darren O’Shea also contributed to the win.

Senior prop John Ryan, scrum half Gerry Hurley and Academy player Johnny Holland all played for Cork Constitution as they were beaten 23-17 by UCD in Belfield.

Development prop Alan Cotter and Munster Academy player Brian Haugh played for Young Munster as they lost 46-28 to Division 1A leaders Clontarf.

In Division 1B, O’Dea was the match winner for Shannon as he scored a late try in their last-gasp victory over Belfast Harlequins at Thomond Park.

Academy player Gearoid Lyons kicked a penalty for Shannon with development hooker Duncan Casey captaining the Limerick side.

Elsewhere in Division 1B, Munster Academy players Jack O’Donoghue and David Johnston played for UL Bohemians as they beat Dungannon 29-13 with O’Donoghue scoring one of the tries.

Academy player Jack Cullen featured for Bruff in Division 2A as they went down 29-19 to City of Derry.