Saturday 1 October 2016

Hooker crisis for Munster as Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey unlikely to make Stade clash

Published 17/11/2015 | 17:54

Mike Sherry, Munster, recieves assistance before being substituted. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 4, Round 1, Munster v Benetton Treviso. Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Mike Sherry, Munster, recieves assistance before being substituted. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 4, Round 1, Munster v Benetton Treviso. Thomond Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster coach Anthony Foley is likely to be without both his first and second choice hookers for Sunday’s crunch European Champions Cup clash against Stade Francais.

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Mike Sherry and Duncan Casey both came off with injuries in the win over Treviso, with Ireland international Sherry suffering a fresh knee injury and Casey a chest injury.

Both have had scans on their injuries and the extent to which they will be out is not yet known, but it appears that former Ireland U-20 hooker Niall Scannell will make his first European debut and only his second senior start at the home of the French champions on Sunday. Kevin O'Byrne is expected to cover on the bench.

“Mike and Duncan came off with serious enough bangs. They've both been scanned at this stage, we're just waiting on a report. Mike was up at (surgeon) Ray Moran today and we're waiting for a report back on Duncan,” Foley said.

“We've an eight day turnaround to this game but he wouldn't be hopeful but we need to give it as much time as possible.”

Munster will continue without out-half Tyler Bleyendaal who has a quad injury, while Conor Murray and Dave O’Callaghan are expected to be fit despite sitting out training at UL today.

Munster also confirmed that captain Peter O’Mahony will undergo surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered against France last month.

The Ireland flanker is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Foley has conceded that it will be an emotional occasion at the Stade Jean Bouin.

“There’s going to be a lot of emotion around this game with last week’s incident in Paris," Foley told.

“For everyone, I don’t think it just affects the Stade Francais players, it would affect all players on the pitch and we’ll all be respectful around that.”

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