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Cullen and Payne Vying For Full Back Spot

26th December 2006 By Munster Rugby

Among the three positions that Munster coach Declan Kidney has yet to finalise ahead of the clash tomorrow with Leinster at Thomond Park, is the full back berth where Shaun Payne and Christian Cullen are vying for inclusion.

Among the three positions that Munster coach Declan Kidney has yet to finalise ahead of the clash tomorrow with Leinster at Thomond Park, is the full back berth where Shaun Payne and Christian Cullen are vying for inclusion.

The Leinster side announced today for the Magner’s League game against Munster featured Felipe Contepomi as a possible starter just a little over four weeks since he injured a knee playing with Argentina. Contepomi is bracketed with Jonathan Sexton at out-half in a Leinster side that has yet to finalise who will start in six positions. It is unlikely that the actual composition of the Leinster side will be known until the regulatory one hour before kick-off.

For their part Munster have still to decide on who will start at full back, outside centre and loose-head prop. With eight of the side away in Portugal last week for warm weather training, the side will have their first run out together this evening at the Captains Run in Limerick.

Munster: Christian Cullen/Shaun Payne; John Kelly, Barry Murphy/Lifeimi Mafi, Trevor Halstead, Ian Dowling; Ronan O’Gara, Peter Stringer; Darragh Hurely/Ferderico Pucciariello, Frank Sheahan,John Hayes; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell capt; John O’Sullivan, David Wallace, Denis Leamy; Replacements: AN Other, Hurley/Pucciariello, Chris Wyatt, James Coughlan, Tomas O’Leary, Jeremy Manning, Murphy/Mafi.

Leinster: Girvan Dempsey; Shane Horgan / Luke Fitzgerald, Brian O’Driscoll capt, Gordon D’Arcy, Denis Hickie / Rob Kearney; Jonathan Sexton / Felipe Contepomi, Guy Easterby; Ronan McCormack, Bernard Jackman, Stanl Wright; Trevor Hogan, Malcolm O’Kelly / Owen Finegan; Cameron Jowitt / Stephen Keogh, Keith Gleeson, Stephen Keogh / Jamie Heaslip.

Referee: Alan Lewis.

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