13th September 2016 By Munster Rugby
The Munster squad have commenced preparations for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 round 3 tie against Newport Gwent Dragons.
In looking ahead to the Rodney Parade encounter Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus confirmed that returning internationals Conor Murray and Keith Earls will be available for selection this week, while Tyler Bleyendaal should also be back in the mix after recovering from a mild calf strain.
In reviewing the injuries from Friday night’s defeat to Cardiff Blues, it was confirmed that Tommy O’Donnell sustained a concussion with the flanker currently following return to play protocols, while Rory Scannell’s neck injury was not as bad as first feared and the centre continues to be monitored by the medical team this week.
The news may not be as positive for Dave Foley who sustained an elbow injury, after undergoing a scan the Tipperary-lock requires further consultation with the specialist.
Meanwhile latest signing, centre Jaco Taute, has linked up with the squad, however this Saturday’s game comes too early for squad inclusion.
Finally with injuries at hooker, former Melbourne Rebels and Leinster player Tom Sexton is currently on trial with the squad.
Continuing to rehab – Simon Zebo (ribs), Kevin O’Byrne (elbow), Peter O'Mahony (knee), Sammy Arnold (knee), Mark Chisholm (concussion), Sean McCarthy (knee), Francis Saili (shoulder), Mike Sherry (back).
On the academy front, year two back-row forward Ollie Lyons has completed his time with the programme.