6 Dec, 15:21
Mike Sherry is expected to miss the next six months after rupturing the cruciate ligament in his left knee.
As a newly formed franchise McGahan won't have had much if any video footage of the Italians, "We've seen footage of their game last week" - against Northampton -" but really our focus at this stage has to be on ourselves and what we're going to bring. That's the most important thing for us going into every game but more importantly at this stage of the season. We need to understand ourselves and how we're progressing before we can worry what the opposition is going to throw at us."
Of course the visitors will have a certain insider knowledge provided by Nick Williams, but McGahan admitted there had been no recent contact, "No, haven't been in touch. I doubt he would be giving up any secrets on line-out calls or how they're going to call.
"We'll catch up before the game and say G'day because he was a very popular member of the squad when he was here, has a lot of good friends here. We wish him the best not only on Saturday evening but for the rest of his time with Aironi because he was an excellent person and one that we really enjoyed for his company and his rugby."
"Nick'll be well versed in what we're doing. But I would imagine, with all their calls being in Italian, his concentration levels will be directed towards listening and understanding them rather than what we're doing."
Munster Squad: D Hurley, F Jones, D Barnes, D Howlett, S Tuitupou, J Murphy, I Dowling, P Warwick, S Deasy, D Williams, P Stringer, W du Preez, Dave Ryan, M Horan, J Hayes, T Buckley, D Fogarty, D Varley, M O'Driscoll, I Nagle, B Holland, D Ryan, N Ronan, A Quinlan, P O'Mahony, T O'Donnell, D Leamy.