Sunday 18 February 2018

O'Callaghan and Leamy to sit out visit of Northampton to Thomond Park

MUNSTER have dropped Donncha O'Callaghan and Denis Leamy from the team play Northampton at Thomond Park on Saturday evening.

And into the team come Danny Barnes and Peter O'Mahony.

In all, the side shows five changes from the one which lost to Leinster in the RaboDirect Pro12 clash last Friday.

Denis Hurley replaces injured Keith Earls on one wing, while Barnes is picked at outside centre in place of Will Chambers, who is on the bench.

O'Callaghan and Leamy are also relegated to the bench with O'Mahony and James Coughlan promoted to the starting XV.

Niall Ronan continues at openside. BJ Botha, Damian Varley and Wian Du Preez are again named in the front row.

Donnacha Ryan moves from the blindside to the second row, where he will line out alongside Paul O'Connell.

Team:: J Murphy; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, D Hurley; R O'Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D Ryan, P O'Connell capt; P O'Mahony, N Ronan, J Coughlan.

On the bench: D Fogarty, J Ryan, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, D Leamy, T O'Leary, I Keatley, W Chambers.

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