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Copeland debut for Munster

Munster v London Irish, Tonight, Waterford RSC (KO 7.30)

Robin Copeland (inset) and centre Andrew Smith make their debuts for Munster in the rugby outpost that is Waterford.

Where Leinster have been waxing lyrical about the evidence of their strength in depth from their creditable 33-21 loss to Northampton Saints, Munster have been reeling back from their 45-8 drubbing at Gloucester.

Coach Anthony Foley has given a half-dozen of those working at Kingsholm a chance to make up for what was a poor showing, by any standards.

There is a tonne of ball carrying ability with Copeland and CJ Stander set to challenge the gain line and theSean Dougall there to disrupt LI's flow from the ruck.

From The Exiles standpoint, scrum-half Tomas O'Leary has made known his intention to launch a sustained bid to make Joe Schmidt's World Cup squad with former Leinster flanker Conor Gilsenan also looking to take the eye.

Munster: J Murphy; R O'Mahony, A Smith, C Bohane, D Sweetnam; J Holland, C Sheridan; J Ryan, K O'Byrne, S Archer, D O'Callaghan (capt), B Holland, CJ Stander, S Dougall, R Copeland.

London Irish: A Fenby; A Lewington, T Fowlie, G Armitage, W Harries; M dorrian, T O'Leary; M Parr, D Paice, H Aulika, J Sinclair, N Rouse, K Low, C Gilsenan, L Narraway.


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