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Squad Update | Team News Ahead Of First Interpro

4th October 2022 By The Editor

Gavin Coombes in action against Connacht last year.

Gavin Coombes in action against Connacht last year. Inpho

The Munster squad began their training week on Monday ahead of Friday night’s BKT URC Round Interpro derby against Connacht in Galway (7.35pm, live on TG4, Premier Sports, SuperSport, Discovery + & URC TV).

Four members of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy featured in Saturday’s win over Zebre with Conor Phillips and Ruadhan Quinn making their Munster debuts.

There were seven Munster players in AIL action for their clubs over the weekend.

Senior prop James French lined out for Highfield with Academy trio Tony Butler, Cian Hurley and Jack Oliver in action for Garryowen.

Luke Rigney, who has been with the Munster squad on a training contract, and Academy duo Kieran Ryan and Darragh McSweeney featured for Shannon.

Read a full round-up of the weekend’s AIL action here.

The nine Munster players in Bloemfontein with Emerging Ireland were all in action against the Griquas on Friday with the Emerging Ireland team to play Pumas tomorrow at 4pm to be named later today.

On the injury front, there is good news for Gavin Coombes as he returns to full training this week following a groin injury.

Jean Kleyn will also return to full training this week following the return to play protocols.

Simon Zebo has sustained a calf injury and is ruled out this weekend with Liam Coombes (hamstring) also missing out.

Alex Kendellen has completed his latest return to play protocols for a concussion sustained against Cardiff.

However, the back row forward, who met with an independent concussion consultant, will be given more time to recover and will continue to be monitored by the medical department as he remains sidelined for the upcoming BKT URC rounds.

Unavailable: RG Snyman (knee), Jack Daly (knee), Alex Kendellen (head), Paddy Kelly (head), Keith Earls (thigh), Andrew Conway (knee).

Tickets

URC Round 5

Saturday, October 15

Munster v Vodacom Bulls, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 7

Saturday, October 29

Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 8

Saturday, November 26

Munster v Connacht, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

URC Round 10

Monday, December 26

Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here

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