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Squad Update | Team News Ahead Of South Africa Select XV Clash

7th November 2022 By The Editor

Diarmuid Barron in action for Munster A on Friday night.

Diarmuid Barron in action for Munster A on Friday night. Inpho

The Munster squad are preparing at the HPC ahead of Thursday’s historic clash against the South Africa Select XV at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, in association with Pinergy (7.30pm, sold-out – live on Virgin Media Two).

There were 13 Munster players on international duty at the weekend. Tadhg Beirne, Joey Carbery, Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony helped Ireland to a victory over South Africa on Saturday.

Diarmuid Barron, Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly, Dave Kilcoyne, Jeremy Loughman, Calvin Nash were in action for Ireland A as they were beaten by the All Blacks XV. Casey captained Ireland A with Jack Crowley kicking a conversion in the defeat.

Malakai Fekitoa was in action for Tonga in their win over Spain.

Gavin Coombes has returned from the Ireland senior squad with Diarmuid Barron, Shane Daly and Roman Salanoa returning from the Ireland A squad. Malakai Fekitoa is also back at the HPC after returning from international duty.

Conor Murray (groin) and Dave Kilcoyne (shoulder) both sustained injuries and will begin rehabilitation with Munster’s medical department.

John Ryan has been named in the Barbarians squad to face the All Blacks XV at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this Sunday.

There were eight Munster players in AIL action at the weekend.

Senior player Chris Moore and Academy duo Fionn Gibbons and Conor Phillips were in action for Young Munster as they were beaten by Ballynahinch with Phillips touching down for the Cookies.

There were four Academy players in Munster derby action as Shannon defeated Garryowen. Ethan Coughlan, Kieran Ryan and Darragh McSweeney featured for Shannon with Jack Oliver lining out for Garryowen.

Senior player Scott Buckley was a try-scorer for UCC in their loss to Naas.

On the injury front, Antoine Frisch (calf) will return to full team training this week. Frisch has also been named in the French Barbarians squad for their clash against Fiji on Saturday, November 19.

Niall Scannell is completing his return to play protocols with a view to returning to play this week.

Tom Ahern (shoulder) will undergo surgery this week with a period of rehab of approximately four months post-surgery.

Continuing to rehab: Stephen Archer (ankle), Tom Ahern (shoulder), Jean Kleyn (ribs), RG Snyman (knee), Fineen Wycherley (shoulder), Paddy Kelly (head), Jack Daly (knee), Jack O’Sullivan (knee), Keith Earls (thigh), Andrew Conway (knee), Liam Coombes (hamstring).

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