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12th October 2006 By Munster Rugby
After an impressive return to Munster colours as a replacement last week against Leinster, Barry Murphy is selected in the starting XV for the Magners League game against Edinburgh
After an impressive return to Munster colours as a replacement last week against Leinster, Barry Murphy is selected in the starting XV for the Magners League game against Edinburgh at Thomond Park (Friday 7.30pm). Also returning from injury is Shaun Payne while Denis Leamy retains the number six shirt having come on as a 9th minute replacement for Alan Quinlan in that Leinster game. John Hayes makes his first appearance in a Munster match day 22 and coach Declan Kidney will wait until before kick off to decide on the back replacements with the quartet of Brian O’Meara, John Kelly, Eoghan Hickey and newcomer Diogo Mateus vying for the three back replacement berths.
Because of the hamstring injury he sustained in the Leinster game Alan Quinlan’s training was restricted this week and so Leamy is retained in the starting XV with a decision to be made as to who will be the replacement flanker, either Quinlan or Tim McGann
There are four back replacements named and they include John Kelly and newcomer 26 year old Diogo Mateus, the Portugese international recently arrived in Munster. Kelly has played in every game so far and has earned a well deserved breather and its likely a decision on the replacement bench will not be made until closer to kick off time.
Speaking of the task his side face, Declan Kidney said, “It goes without saying that to have any hope of doing well in the Magner League home results are vital. After last week’s result it’s important that we pick ourselves up as soon as possible but we certainly dont expect Edinburgh to help us in that.
“Games between us have always been very close in the past and right now under their new coach they are going really well. They have what,12 internationals in their squad for Friday, are in fourth place in the League table on the same points as Leinster (in third), so I think that says it all about the size of the task we face.”
Munster: Shaun Payne; Toma O’Leary, Barry Murphy, Trevor Halstead, Ian Dowling; Ronan O’Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frank Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell (capt); Denis Leamy, David Wallace, Anthony Foley.
Replacements (from): Andy Kyriacou, John Hayes, Mick O’Driscoll, Denis Leamy, Alan Quinlan or Tim McGann, Brian O’Meara/ John Kelly/ Eoghan Hickey/Diogo Mateus (three from four).
Edinburgh: Hugo Southwell; Chris Paterson (capt), Marcus Di Rollo, Rob Dewey, Simon Webster; Phil Godman, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Alasdair Dickinson; Matt Mustchin, Scott Murray; Alasdair Strokosch, David Callam, Alan MacDonald.
Replacements: Andrew Kelly, Craig Smith, Dave Hewett, Fergus Pringle, Greig Laidlaw, Simon Cross, Duncan Hodge