Near Enough Same Again For RaboDirect PRO12 Opener
1st September 2011 By Munster Rugby
Munster coach Tony McGahan has kept his changes to a minimum from the side that started against London Irish last weekend, for Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 opening round against Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave Park (7.45).
Johne Murphy returns from injury (hamstring) to the full back berth while James Coughlan (eye injury) got the all clear earlier in the week and resumes at number eight while Peter Stringer starts at number nine in place of Duncan Williams who was in from the off against Irish.
Ian Nagle picked up a shoulder knock against London Irish so Billy Holland will partner Mick O'Driscoll in the engine room and Coughlan's return means a switch for Peter O'Mahony from 8 to the blindside flank. Nagle's injury is not serious and he is expected to be in contention for the game the following week against Glasgow.
Included on what looks a particularly strong bench are Tomas O'Leary and John Hayes who are bound to be pressed into action at some stage of the evening.
Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, D Hurley; I Keatley, P Stringer; M Horan, M Shery, S Archer; B Holland, M O'Driscoll; P O'Mahony, N Ronan, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Varley, W Du Preez, J Hayes, D Foley, T O'Donnell, T O'Leary, S Deasy, S Zebo.
Referee: Stefano Penne
Asst Referees: David Wilkinson & Brian MacNiece(IRFU).
Citing Comm: Eugene Ryan (IRFU).
TMO: Seamus Flannery (IRFU).
Tickets are on sale for this game online here and from the following locations: ticket offices in Cork (Tramore Rd.) & Limerick (Thomond Park); the Munster Rugby Store, Maylor Street; Ticketmaster Outlet, Merchants Quay; Mahers Sports, Oliver Plunkett Street; Cummins Sports, Douglas Shopping Centre.
Tickets will be on sale on Match Day at Musgrave Park, from 12 midday outside the Dolphin Gate.