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Halstead, Kelly & O’Sullivan Back For Munster

1st March 2007 By Munster Rugby

Halstead, Kelly & O’Sullivan Back For Munster

Munster coach Declan Kidney makes four changes, from the side that started against Border Reivers, for Friday’s Magners League clash with Cardiff Blues (Musgrave Park 7.40). And it’s lokking like a full house for the game with Munster officials advising that there will be no ticket sales on the night.

Three of those changes are brought about because of the return from injury of Trevor Halstead, John Kelly and John O’Sullivan while Eoghan Hickey gets to start at out-half in place of Jeremy Manning who is named among the replacements

Hickey was particularly impressive when he came on as a 46th minute replacement for Manning in that Borders victory. He landed three superb conversions, threw a beautiful cut-out  pass that put Jerry Flannery in for a try and executed several long range touch finds.
Flannery is missing from the match day 22 after he picked up a slight leg strain at training in Limerick on Wednesday and his absence brings Denis Fogarty onto the bench for the first time this season following a shoulder operation.

Halstead’s return means Lifeimi Mafi slips to the bench while Ian Dowling makes way for Kelly who will captain the side.

John O’Sullivan’s return to fitness couldn’t come at a more opportune time given that James Coughlan limped out of the Borders game with a leg injury.

Munster: C Cullen; S Payne, B Murphy, T Halstead, J Kelly capt; E Hickey, T O’Leary; D Hurley, F Sheahan, F Pucciariello; C Wyatt,  M O’Driscoll; A Quinlan, T McGann, J O’Sullivan. Replacements: T Buckley, D Fogarty, D Ryan, M Melbourne, B O’Meara, J Manning, L Mafi.

Cardiff Blues: B Blair; T James, J Robinson, M Stcherbina, C Czekaj; N Robinson, M Phillips; T Filise, R Thomas, G Powell, D Jones, R Sidoli, S Morgan, X Rush (capt), R Shellard. Replacements: S Roberts, G Williams, B White, M Lewis, W Evans, M Luveitasau, N Macleod.

There will be no tickets on sale at the gate tomorrow night.  Tickets will remain on sale up to 3pm tomorrow, only while stocks last, from the following outlets:


·         Online on www.munsterrugby.ie

·         Ticketmaster outlets nationwide

·         Musgrave Park, Cork

·         Munster Rugby Store, Maylor Street, Cork

·         Empire Music, O’Connell St, Limerick

·         Mahers Sports, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork

·         Cummins Sports, Douglas Court Shopping Centre, Cork

·         The Outpost Bar, Bishopstown, Cork


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