Murray starts for Munster’s clash with Ospreys

SCRUM-HALF Conor Murray will make his first start of the season for Munster this Saturday when Rob Penney’s side face the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in RaboDirect PRO12 (6.30pm)

SCRUM-HALF Conor Murray will make his first start of the season for Munster this Saturday when Rob Penney’s side face the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium in RaboDirect PRO12 (6.30pm)

Denis Hurley makes his return to action for the game after recovering from tonsillitis, which kept him side-lined for last weekend’s PRO12 victory over the Newport Gwent Dragons at Thomond Park.

Keith Earls, who was Man of the Match in the victory over the Dragons, forms an exciting midfield pairing with Casey Laulala.

Irish internationals Donnacha Ryan and Peter O’Mahony are included in a match day squad for the first time this season.

MUNSTER - Denis Hurley; Doug Howlett (Capt), Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, Simon Zebo; Ronan O’Gara, Conor Murray; Wian Du Preez, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland; Tommy O’Donnell, Niall Ronan, Paddy Butler. Replacements: Damien Varley, Dave Kilcoyne, BJ Botha, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Peter Stringer, Ian Keatley, James Downey.

Players not considered due to injury: Johne Murphy (knee), Felix Jones (shoulder), Luke O’Dea (ankle), Sean Scanlon (back), Ivan Dineen (stomach), Troy Smith (knee), Paul O’Connell (back), James Coughlan (groin), Ian Nagle (shoulder)