18 May, 12:24
The news today that Ronan O'Gara's long and distinguished playing time is over, brings to a close what was by any standards, a remarkable career.
It also includes Academy hooker Duncan Casey and JJ Hanrahan who only made his senior debut last weekend as a second half replacement for Ronan O'Gara in the win over Newport Gwent Dragons at Thomond Park Stadium.
Notable absentees are Ian Nagle who is recovering from a shoulder injury, Scott Deasy and CJ Stander, the South African who is set to join Munster at the conclusion of the Currie Cup. Stander is not available for the opening two rounds of the competition but along with a second player can be added at a later stage.
Munster Heineken Cup Squad: Denis Hurley, Felix Jones, Doug Howlett, Danny Barnes, Luke O'Dea, JJ Hanrahan, Johne Murphy, Simon Zebo, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Keith Earls, Duncan Williams, Peter Stringer, Conor Murray, Ian Keatley, Ronan O'Gara.
Marcus Horan, Wian du Preez, BJ Botha, John Ryan, Stephen Archer, Duncan Casey, Sean Henry, Damien Varley,Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Donnnacha Ryan, Dave O'Callaghan, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell, Dave Foley, Billy Holland, Niall Ronan, Peter O'Mahony, Sean Dougall, Tommy O'Donnell, Paddy Butler, James Coughlan.