16 Apr 14
Munster trained in the sunshine at UL yesterday, ahead of Saturday evening's crucial derby away to Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12.
" I don't mind where they pick me, once they do," was his reaction to the news of his latest switch and his versatility makes him one of Munster's cleverest signings. Otherwise there are no changes to the Munster backline while up front Tony McGahan makes four changes, one positional from the side that started last week in Reading.
The return of Alan Quinlan to win his 202nd cap means Denis Leamy moves back to number 8 while David Wallace, who made such an impression when introduced for the injured Niall Ronan last week, holds onto the openside berth.
Mick O'Driscoll will partner Donncha O'Callaghan this time and Jerry Flannery makes a return to the squad for the first time since the semi final in San Sebastian.
Munster: P Warwick; D Howlett, K Earls, J Murphy, D Hurley; R O'Gara, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Varley, T Buckley; D O'Callaghan, M O'Driscoll; A Quinlan, D Wallace, D Leamy capt. Replacements: J Flannery, M Horan, J Hayes, D Ryan, J Coughlan, N Ronan, D Williams, S Deasy.
Toulon: C Marienval; P Sackey, M Kefu, F Auelua, R Wulf; F Contepomi, P Mignoni; L Emmanuelli, J-P Genevois, C Hayman; J Suta, K Chesney; G Smith, J El Abd, J Van Niekerk capt. Replacements: M Ivaldi, S Taumoepeau, D Kubriashvili, O Missoup, G Lovobalavu, J Wilkinson, L Magnaval, D Schofield.
Referee: Wayne Barnes.