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Munster Select For Opener

3rd September 2008 By Munster Rugby

Munster Select For Opener

Except for the eerily empty stands, Friday’s Magners League opener between Munster and Edinburgh at Murrayfield will have the air of an international about it given that there will be 20 Celtic internationals facing each other when the game kicks off at 7.30pm.

Munster’s starting line-up is nearer to one that finished last weekend against London Irish with all the internationals who were involved that night named either in their starting XV or on the bench.

Doug Howlett retains the number 15 jersey but Keith Earls who scored two tries against Irish moves to the wing with the Tipoki/Mafi partnersip restored to midfield.

Up front its an all international front five which means Donnacha Ryan is moved to the flank and John O’Sullivan’s good form sees him get the nod for the number seven shirt with David Wallace tying the lot together at number 8.

Munster: D Howlett; K Earls, L Mafi, R Tipoki, I Dowling; R O’Gara, T O’Leary; M Horan, J Flannery, J Hayes; D O’Callaghan, P O’Connell capt; D Ryan, J O’Sullivan, D Wallace. Replacements: F Sheahan, F Pucciariello, M O’Driscoll, J Melck, P Stringer, P Warwick, B Murphy.

Edinburgh: Hugo Southwell; Chris Paterson, Calum MacRae, Nick De Luca, Simon Webster; Phil Godman, Mike Blair capt; Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross; Craig Hamilton, Ben Gissing; Matt Mustchin, Alan MacDonald, Allister Hogg. Replacements: Andrew Kelly, Gavin Kerr, Scott Newlands, David Callam, Greig Laidlaw, Mark Robertson, Andrew Turnbull


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