Saturday 23 September 2017

O’Gara named at out-half for Munster’s clash with the Ospreys

Ronan O'Gara: named in Munster’s starting XV for visit of the Ospreys
Ronan O'Gara: named in Munster’s starting XV for visit of the Ospreys

Ronan O’Gara has been named in Munster’s starting XV for the visit of the Ospreys to Thomond Park tomorrow night.

The 35-year-old will get a chance to reclaim his form against the Welsh side after a number of weeks to forget for the two-time Heineken Cup winner.

Paddy Jackson was preferred to O’Gara for the defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield and tomorrow’s game gives the out-half the perfect chance to prove he should start for Declan Kidney against France next week.

Fellow international Dave Kilcoyne also returns to the team which shows five changes from the side who suffered an embarrassing 34-10 defeat to Treviso in Italy last weekend.

Captain Doug Howlett also returns to the team to offer some much-needed leadership.

Rob Penney continues to rotate Garryowen clubmates Damien Varley and Mike Sherry, Varley getting the nod for the number two jersey this time around.

Penney keeps faith with the back five selected for Treviso even though Niall Ronan was back in the mix after 80 minutes with Shannon at the weekend but Sean Dougal is preferred as back-row back up to CJ Stander who is omitted from the match day squad.

Munster: F Jones; D Howlett, C Laulala, J Downey, D Hurley; R O’Gara, C Sheridan; D Kilcoyne, D Varley, S Archer; I Nagle, B Holland; P Butler, T O’Donnell, J Coughlan.

Replacements: M Sherry, W du Preez, BJ Botha, D Foley, S Dougall, D Williams, I Keatley, I Dineen.

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