Thursday 8 December 2016

Holland eager to stake claim for Munster

Published 26/08/2011 | 05:00

TOMAS O'Leary's back injury has ruled him out of Munster's final pre-season game against London Irish at Thomond Park this evening (7.0), but he is expected to be available for next week's Pro12 opener against the Dragons.

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Having lost their two previous pre-season games to date, Tony McGahan's men are keen to get off the mark and the coach has named a strong side for this clash.

Duncan Williams gets the nod over Peter Stringer and he partners Ian Keatley at half-back. Marcus Horan and Mick O'Driscoll can put their World Cup disappointment behind them, while Billy Holland joins Niall Ronan and Peter O'Mahony in the back-row.

"There's so many positions up for grabs. This weekend is the last opportunity for lads to stake a claim," Holland said. "We need to deliver a much improved performance."

MUNSTER -- S Scanlon; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, D Hurley; I Keatley, D Williams; M Horan, M Sherry, S Archer; M O'Driscoll, I Nagle; B Holland, N Ronan, P O'Mahony. Reps: D Varley, W du Preez, P Borlase, D O'Callaghan, T O'Donnell, P Stringer, S Zebo, S Deasy.

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