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Having Lions fit and sharp is a big boost for the Red Army

Jaco Taute. Photo: Sportsfile
Jaco Taute. Photo: Sportsfile

Jaco Taute's injury came as a huge blow last weekend, but JJ Hanrahan is back as well as the British & Irish Lions trio, and this weekend Rassie Erasmus will unleash a few more internationals to the mix, writes David Wallace.

I've talked about the depth in the panel all season long, but last weekend against Cardiff Blues, and the Round 6 clash with Leinster is when the fans will really see what Rassie has at his disposal and it's quite impressive.

Munster have two or three players for each position at the moment, and outside of a few injuries in the second-row, the injury profile is generally very good all over the pitch.

Last weekend was fantastic, CJ Stander had 20 carries in his first game back and it's just shows his work-rate and how he doesn't miss a step. Peter O'Mahony looked like he had a very good pre-season. Last year he was just coming back from injury, but this good, solid pre-season has done him the world of good. He looks fresh and alert around the park and seems to be in fine fettle. 

Conor Murray is just a world-class player and he will prove that over the coming weeks again - there were snippets of his wonderful play against Cardiff too, none more so than his break to set up Robin Copeland for his try.

Irish Independent

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