Munster name team for Heineken Cup clash with Gloucester

Steven Miller

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Steven Miller

New Munster signing Quentin McDonald will make his debut for the province this Friday
Conor Murray has returned from injury to be named in the Munster team to play Gloucester in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

Conor Murray has returned from injury to be named in the Munster team to play Gloucester in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.

Damien Varley has also recovered to be named in the starting team while Simon Zebo is on the bench and in line for a first appearance since breaking his foot against Edinburgh in the opening round of the competition back in October.

There is also a debut for second row Dave Foley, who impressed against Ulster last week. He starts alongside Paul O’Connell while Donncha O’Callaghan is named on the bench. Donnacha Ryan is out injured.

At outhalf Ian Keatley holds off the challenge of JJ Hanrahan and will team up with Murray at half-back. Johne Murphy and Keith Earls come into the side in the backline. In the backrow, Tommy O’Donnell is named alongside captain Peter O’Mahony and Number 8 James Coughlan.

Gloucester have also named their team for the game. English international Billy Twelvetrees captains the side from the centre in a backline that also included former Ireland U-20 international Shane Monahan on the wing and the exciting Freddie Burns at outhalf. Powerful England Number 8 Ben Morgan is on the bench.

Munster are five points ahead of Gloucester at the top of Pool 6 and a win will almost certainly secure their quarter-final place. The game kicks off at 6pm in Kingsholm and is live on Sky Sports.

The Munster team in full is: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Johne Murphy; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell, James Coughlan. Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Donncha O’Callaghan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo

Gloucester team: Martyn Thomas; Charlie Sharples, Johnny May, Billy Twelvetrees, Shane Monahan; Freddie Burns, Dan Robson; Yann Thomas, Darren Dawiduk, Sila Puafisi; Elliott Stooke, James Hudson; Matt Cox, Matt Kvesic, Gareth Evans. Replacements: Huia Edmonds, Dan Murphy, Shaun Knight, Tom Hicks, Sione Kalamafoni, Tavis Knoyle, Rob Cook, Ben Morgan