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Horan returns in Limerick derby

Garryowen v Shannon

Dooradoyle, 7.30

MARCUS Horan makes his return to rugby this evening as Shannon look to continue their return to form under the lights at Dooradoyle.

The Munster and Ireland loose-head prop has endured a difficult couple of seasons and has been out since the autumn with a hand problem.

Bottom side Garryowen will be keen to get their battle against relegation back on track with a home victory over their Limerick rivals.

Shannon have been lifting themselves away from the unfamiliar territory of the foot of the table in recent weeks and are bidding for a third straight win.

They won the previous clash between the sides at Thomond under lights in October, and their hammering of Blackrock three weeks ago will bring them into the clash brimming with confidence.

Paddy Butler starts at open-side for the visitors, with the experienced David Quinlan at No 8.

Corey Hircock and Declan Cusack will look to give Garryowen a creative edge, but despite home advantage, they may not be able to add to their single win so far this season.

Verdict: Shannon.

Irish Independent