Injury worries ease for Munster ahead of Paris battle

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

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MUNSTER have been handed a major fitness boost ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die Champions Cup clash with Conor Murray, Keith Earls, Dave Foley, Andrew Conway and Rory Scannell all available for selection after injury.

MUNSTER have been handed a major fitness boost ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die Champions Cup clash with Conor Murray, Keith Earls, Dave Foley, Andrew Conway and Rory Scannell all available for selection after injury.

However, Munster do have a fitness concern over second-row Donnacha Ryan ahead of this weekend’s crucial re-arranged Pool 4 fixture in Paris. Ryan sat out training with Munster at UL this Wednesday after sustaining a knee injury in the weekend Pro12 win over Ulster in Belfast

Saturday’s game at the Stade Jean Bouin, in Paris, which kicks off at 4.45pm, is a must-win for third-placed Munster if the province hopes to maintain any chance of making the quarter-finals.

Munster head coach, Anthony Foley admitted the mood in the squad was more upbeat this week following Saturday’s win over Ulster which ended a five-game losing run.

Foley said: “The fellas are smiling a small bit this week as opposed to the last month. We are still very hard on ourselves. There is still stuff to work on from the Ulster game.

”When you watch Stade and Toulouse, the environment you are going to be in, the intensity and physicality, there is stuff we did in Ravenhill that we will not get away with over there.

”You cannot afford to come off about 50% on your line-out. We made up for it with enthusiasm, but it didn’t allow us launch anything.”

Munster confirmed Uruguayan international prop Mario Sagario has signed a contract extension that will see him remain with the province until the end of the season.