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O'Connell given chance to stage overdue Munster comeback

Published 03/12/2010 | 05:00

Paul O'Connell looks set for a welcome return to the red shirt of Munster tomorrow after being named in Tony McGahan's squad for the Magners League clash with Cardiff Blues.

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The Ireland second-row has been out with a groin problem since March, but more than 4,000 people watched him come through 40 minutes of AIL action for Young Munster against Shannon unscathed in Thomond Park last Friday night.

And while a final decision won't be made until today, Munster officials are confident the game will go ahead despite the inclement conditions. The Thomond Park pitch has been covered since Wednesday and they are expecting more favourable weather today.

The kick-off time was moved to 5.0 to give the game the best possible chance of going ahead.

Elsewhere, Mayo businessman Jimmy Staunton, whose family own Elverys Sports and Rugbytech, will today be unveiled as the head of the new board that will oversee professional rugby in Connacht.

A press conference disclosing details of a new agreement worked out between the IRFU and Connacht, which was scheduled for Galway this afternoon, has been cancelled due to the weather.

Instead, Connacht CEO Gerry Kelly and coach Eric Elwood will discuss details at a noon briefing in the Sportsground in Galway, while simultaneously IRFU president Caleb Powell, chief executive Phillip Browne and Irish coach Declan Kidney will hold a press conference in Lansdowne Road.

Irish Independent

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