31st October 2016 By Munster Rugby
As the window of November Tests commences a 27-man travelling Ireland squad has been named for the opening game against the All Blacks.
With the Ireland team departing for Chicago today ahead of this weekend's match against the All Blacks, six Munster players were included in the 27-man travelling squad – Simon Zebo, Conor Murray, CJ Stander, Donnacha Ryan and debutants John Ryan and Billy Holland.
Peter O’Mahony who is managing his way back to full fitness returns to the province.
There are no fresh injuries to report following Friday night’s away Guinness PRO12 victory over Ulster.
Duncan Casey, who sustained a knee injury against Glasgow in the Champions Cup, underwent surgery on Friday and a return to play timeframe will be reviewed once post-op healing is complete.
Sammy Arnold (knee) played his first rugby of the season on Saturday, managing 25 minutes with Garryowen and is showing no ill effects.
Similarly, John Andress featured for his club side Shannon after overcoming a recent knee injury and came through with no issues.
Cian Bohane is currently managing a foot injury and his progress will be reviewed again in three weeks.
Francis Saili (shoulder) has upped his rehab and continues to work towards an end of year return.
Colm O’Shea has completed his short-term contract with the province while latest signing, New Zealand hooker Rhys Marshall, will link up with the squad this week.
Continuing to rehab – Jean Kleyn (knee), Dave O'Callaghan (shoulder), Kevin O'Byrne (elbow), Sean McCarthy (knee), Mark Chisholm (concussion), Mike Sherry (back), Dave Foley (elbow), Cathal Sheridan (ankle).
All Ireland League representation:
In Division 1A Dave Johnston started at fullback for Garryowen with academy colleagues Sean O’Connor and Conor Oliver both named in the pack, while Sammy Arnold was sprung from the bench in the 14-27 defeat at Dooradoyle.
With Cork Constitution claiming an away 14-20 victory over Old Belvedere the academy’s Shane Daly, Liam O’Connor and Rory Burke all played their part at Anglesea Road.
Young Munster got back to winning ways with a four-try second half display in seeing off UCD 37-31 at Tom Clifford Park. Academy centre Dan Goggin and Abrie Griesel who were both on Munster’s PRO12 bench on Friday night were involved in the win.
While in Division 1B another to feature in club action following a trip to Kingspan Stadium was try scorer and academy prop Brian Scott, who was joined by John Madigan in the defeat to Buccaneers at Irish Independent Park.
Academy backrow John Foley started for Shannon in the all-Munster clash at the Mardyke with Peter McCabe ruled out for UCC due to illness.