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O’Connell and Earls will start v Treviso

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IT was not expected, but the inclusion of both Paul O’Connell and Keith Earls, as well as the return of Damian Varley, will give Munster a boost as they face Treviso in Thomond Park to-morrow (7.15).
Earls has been out since that knee injury against Edinburgh in January while Varley, who captains the side, is also out for the past two months.
“Paul wanted to be involved this weekend to keep building off the momentum of his successful Six Nations campaign with the Irish team,” said Rob Penney.
“It shows the calibre of the player: he came to watch the team train on Tuesday and he wants to contribute against Treviso and secure more game time ahead of a crucial period.”
Felix Jones returns at full back, James Downey comes in to partner Casey Laulala in the centre and JJ Hanrahan starts at out-half.
Donnacha Ryan is the only forward to keep his place in the starting XV with the Shannon man moving from lock to flanker.
Sean Dougall and another Shannon player, Paddy Butler, who makes his first start since December after suffering a spinal concussion on club duty, are named in the back-row with Ryan.
New Zealand hooker Quentin MacDonald was nominated for Munster’s Heineken Cup squad yesterday and could make his debut off the bench with Irish internationals Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer completing the front-row cover.
Simon Zebo and Ian Keatley will be hoping to make an impact off the bench with Keatley looking to reach 500 points for Munster, the out-half has scored 497 points in his 66 appearances.
Gerry Hurley, who was also nominated for the Heineken Cup squad yesterday, provides the scrum-half cover.
Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Damien Varley (Capt.), John Ryan; Billy Holland, Paul O’Connell; Donnacha Ryan, Sean Dougall, Paddy Butler. Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan, CJ Stander, Gerry Hurley, Ian Keatley, Simon Zebo.
Ticket Update
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Ticket Prices
Cat A Stand: €40; Cat B Stand: €30; Cat B Junior* Stand: €10
Terrace: €20; Terrace Junior*: €7
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