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Munster centre Tom Gleeson
Munster Side For Trip To The Gnoll
2 February 2010, 2:29 pm
By Chris Byrne
Munster play what will perhaps be the defining game in their Pool B British & Irish Cup when they take on Neath at The Gnoll on Saturday.

Although retaining the core of the side that defeated Nottingham in Waterford last time out, this Munster side shows several changes with the pack being beefed up by the inclusion of Nick Williams at number eight. Duncan Williams and Scott Deasy, unavailable last time, are included in the backline, Deasy teaming up with Tom Gleeson in the centre, while Jeremy Manning returns from injury to take his place on the bench.

It says it all about the competitiveness of this Pool that despite three straight wins Munster still have a lot to do if they're to make the semis. And that 'lot' starts on Saturday at the famous Gnoll.

The Anthony Foley, Ian Costello coached side, unbeaten to date this season, take on a Neath side who, although languishing in 5th place in the table could still qualify for the knock-outs if they beat Munster and others results went their way.

Bristol (at home to Heriots) in second place, trail Munster (13) by four points but can be expected to reap a full dividend and end the weekend with 14 points going into the final round of matches.

Third placed Nottingham could also win with a bonus leaving them on 13 so at least Munster know exactly what they have to do in Wales.

Neath may have lost twice in this B&I Cup but they lead the WRU Premiership, and have won six of their last seven games.

Munster: D Riordan; D Barnes, T Gleeson, S Deasy, C O'Boyle; D Cusack, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, S Henry, S Archer; D Foley, I Nagle; S Hassett, P O'Mahony capt, N Williams. Replacements: G Slattery, P O'Regan, N Melbourne, E Kelly, C Murray, J Manning, R O'Mahony.

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