Munster may still be without inspirational skipper Paul O’Connell, but they have welcomed back four key internationals for their Magners League Play-Off semi-final against arch-rivals Leinster at the RDS on Saturday night (kick-off 8.00pm).
All Black legend Doug Howlett and Ireland and British & Irish Lions star Keith Earls return to the back line candidates, while Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam hooker Jerry Flannery and lock Mick O’Driscool are fit to return up front. They join a 27-man squad who will be bidding to halt a run of three successive defeats against the Dubliners.
Howlett has been out of action since the Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Northampton Saints last month, while Earls, Flannery and O’Driscoll all picked up knokcs inthe semi-final defeat by Biarrtiz Olymique in San Sebastien.
Backs: S Deasy, D Barnes, D Hurley, D Howlett, T Gleeson, K Earls, L Mafi, J de Villiers, P Warwick, R O’Gara, P Stringer, T O’Leary.
Forwards: M Horan, D Ryan, J Hayes, T Buckley, J Flannery, D Varley, D Fogarty, D O’Callaghan, M O’Driscoll, B Holland, A Quinlan, D Wallace, N Ronan, N Williams, J Coughlan.