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McGahan's men can take revenge and leapfrog Edinburgh into third

Coach Tony McGahan has overseen a 14-match unbeaten run at home in what is an opportunity for Munster to leapfrog third-placed Edinburgh.

Edinburgh ended a five-game losing streak to Munster before Christmas as part of their drive to third position on the ladder. They have only once completed a home and away double over the Irish province -- way back in 2003/04.

Centre Ben Cairns has been repositioned to full-back because of injuries to Chris Paterson (kidney) and Jim Thompson (knee) with Nick de Luca and John Houston manning the midfield. For Munster, Donnacha Ryan returns to provincial duty from an eye-opening experience as a playing replacement in Paris last Saturday to partner captain Mick O'Driscoll in the second row. The backline looks a potentially potent force with the soon-to-be-away Jean de Villers combining with Lifeimi Mafi in the centre, flanked by ace competitors in Ian Dowling and Doug Howlett.

Alan Quinlan could be forgiven for feeling a little isolated from international rugby. He has been in splendid form this season and, would make a solid argument for his superiority over Kevin McLaughlin.

Verdict: Munster

Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett, L Mafi, J de Villiers, I Dowling; P Warwick, P Stringer; M Horan, D Fogarty, T Buckley; D Ryan, M O'Driscoll (capt) A Quinlan, N Ronan, J Coughlan.

Edinburgh: B Cairns; M Robertson, N de Luca, J Houston, T Visser; D Blair, G Laidlaw (capt); K Traynor, A Kelly, G Cross, J Hamilton, S MascLeod, A MacDonald, R Grant, D Callam.


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