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Zebo set to replace Howlett for showdown at Scarlets


Munster's Simon Zebo

Munster's Simon Zebo

Munster's Simon Zebo

SIMON ZEBO is poised to make his first Heineken Cup start for Munster against the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets tomorrow.

The winger, who has been troubled by an ankle injury, came through yesterday's training session at Thomond Park and is the clear favourite to replace Doug Howlett, who has been ruled out until the end of the season.

With Keith Earls not due back until next week, Johne Murphy and Denis Hurley are expected to complete the back three, with Hurley the favourite for the full-back role.

Will Chambers is also set to start his first Heineken Cup match and could form the centre partnership with Lifeimi Mafi, with Danny Barnes another option available at centre or wing.

Ronan O'Gara is ready to make his 100th Heineken Cup appearance at out-half alongside Conor Murray.

Donncha O'Callaghan, Denis Leamy and Marcus Horan are pushing hardest for reinclusion in the pack, where head coach Tony McGahan could opt for the same eight that started against Castres.

Irish Independent