Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ryan poised for shock call to face Perpignan

RUGBY

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

DONNACHA RYAN could be in line for a shock return to the Munster team for tomorrow's trip to Perpignan.

The second-row, along with flanker Tommy O'Donnell, looks set for a return to the squad for the first time since October after coming through training, and the in-demand Ireland star may even be fit enough to start.

Rob Penney's decision to let CJ Stander and Billy Holland drop down from the first-team squad to the British and Irish Cup outfit frees up space for the duo.

Ian Keatley also trained yesterday and Penney will be hopeful that his out-half suffered no ill-effects from the dead leg he picked up in last week's win.

IMPRESSED

Cathal Sheridan looks set to get the nod at scrum-half, having impressed after Conor Murray went off last Sunday, while props James Cronin and BJ Botha may come into the starting line-up. Penney will name his team this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Munster forwards coach Anthony Foley will take charge of the Ireland Wolfhounds team against England Saxons in a pre-Six Nations clash on January 25.

He will be assisted by Ulster's Neil Doak. Malone's Jon Miles will manage the team for the Kingsholm match.

Foley's long-term Munster team-mate Peter Stringer is set to join an elite club of players when he makes his 100th European appearance tonight.

The Bath scrum-half joins two former team-mates -- Ronan O'Gara and John Hayes --as just the third player to make it to a century of caps.

"It's a nice number to get to, but it's just a number," Stringer said. "There's no point having those numbers if you're not successful and not winning things."

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