20th September 2016 By Munster Rugby
The latest injury news as the squad prepare to host Edinburgh this coming Saturday, plus we look back at a weekend of large squad representation in the opening round of the AIL.
On the injury front Colm O’Shea and Andrew Conway will follow return to play protocols after both players sustained concussion in Saturday’s round 3 victory in Rodney Parade.
Keith Earls who was a late withdrawal from the match-day squad after reporting a tight hamstring will take part in rehab running this week.
As expected Stephen Archer (neck) returns to full training today while Rory Scannell (also neck) will take part in modified training.
Tommy O’Donnell continues to follow return to play protocols following the concussion he sustained in the round 2 tie against Cardiff Blues.
Following an initial consultation with the specialist there was positive news for Dave Foley, however at this stage the medical team are currently waiting on the final report.
Peter O’Mahony (knee) will return to modified training this week.
Continuing to rehab – Simon Zebo (ribs), Kevin O'Byrne (elbow), Sammy Arnold (knee), Mark Chisholm (concussion), Sean McCarthy (knee), Francis Saili (shoulder) and Mike Sherry (back).
Rassie Erasmus will name his side to face Edinburgh at midday on Friday.
In the AIL, a number of senior and academy players lined out for their respective clubs over the weekend.
In Division 1A Robin Copeland took to the field for Young Munster in what turned out to be one of the ties of the weekend as Old Belvedere snatched a last gasp win at Tom Clifford Park, defeating the hosts 35-36.
David Johnston was amongst the try scorers for Garryowen as the Limerick side also suffered a narrow defeat, going down 26-32 to Lansdowne at Dooradoyle. Alex Wootton and the academy’s Steven McMahon also featured for Garryowen.
Darren O’Shea and the academy’s Ned Hodson and Shane Daly had better fortunes as they travelled to Dublin with Cork Constitution where they played out a 16-20 win over St. Mary’s College.
In Division 1B, John Andress and academy full back Stephen Fitzgerald saw game time with Shannon as the Limerick side suffered 19-25 defeat at home to Ballymena, while Peter McCabe was amongst the try scorers for UCC as the college men lost their first game following promotion to 1B, going down narrowly to Old Wesley on a 20-23 scoreline.
Heavy representation in the weekend’s age-grade Interprovincial action meant a number of academy players were unavailable for club selection over the weekend.
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