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Paul O'Connell returns for Munster's visit to Ulster

Published 08/05/2015 | 12:22

Paul O'Connell and Anthony Foley chat during training ahead of the crucial clash against Ulster
Paul O'Connell and Anthony Foley chat during training ahead of the crucial clash against Ulster

Munster coach Anthony Foley welcomes back Ireland captain Paul O'Connell to his starting team for Saturday's inter-provincial derby with Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

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As expected, the towering lock returns for the penultimate round as he partners Donnacha Ryan in the second row, with the Tipperary lock making his second start of the season.  

It is the first time the players have started in the second row together since Perpignan away in December 2013.

Foley makes three changes in total, with hooker Eusebio Guinazu trading places with Duncan Casey this week, and in the backs Denis Hurley joins Andrew Smith in midfield, with Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Felix Jones continuing as the back three.

Munster:  Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu, Stephen Archer; Donnacha Ryan, Paul O'Connell; Peter O'Mahony Capt., Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements:  Duncan Casey, John Ryan, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Ronan O'Mahony.

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