19 Apr 14
In ideal playing conditions at the Sportsground Munster claimed a bonus point victory against Connacht to win 32-23 tonight, moving the province back to 2nd spot in the table.
He was on the bench for the Heineken Cup trip to Franklin's Gardens and made a very favourable impression last Saturday in Thomond Park Stadium when he came on as 48th minute replacement for Tony Buckley.
Injuries to Buckley, Marcus Horan and Dave Ryan also provide an opportunity for Academy player Stephen Archer, who is named on the bench, to perhaps strut his stuff. Archer also caught the eye last weekend, in the A win over Leinster at Clonmel RFC while there is a return to the squad for Felix Jones who has recovered from an ankle injury.
A hamstring strain rules Doug Howlett out so two try scorer against Treviso, Ian Dowling remains in what is the only change to the backline from last weekend.
Up front Julien Bugnaut joins Hurley and Denis Fogarty in the front row and Alan Quinlan gets a well earned break with Niall Ronan operating from the blind-side berth.
Munster: P Warwick; I Dowling, L Mafi, J de Villiers, K Earls; R O'Gara, T O'Leary; Darragh Hurley, D Fogarty, J Brugnaut; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell capt; N Ronan, D Wallace, D Leamy. Replacements: D Varley, S Archer, M O'Driscoll, D Ryan, P Stringer, D Hurley, F Jones.