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Howlett on the wing Quinlan on the bench

11th January 2008 By Munster Rugby

Doug Howlett has been named on the Munster starting XV for Sunday’s clash with Clermont Auvergne, while Alan Quinlan has been named among the replacements.

Doug Howlett has been named on the Munster starting XV for Sunday’s clash with Clermont Auvergne, while Alan Quinlan has been named among the replacements.

However, Paul O’Connell has failed in his attempt to be fit to take a part, the squad captain still troubled by the back problem that forced him to miss the afternoon session in Limerick on Wednesday.

"Paul suffered a setback during the week and is not able to train today, " explained Declan Kidney, " so in the circumstances couldn’t be included in the squad."

Anthony Horgan, who was selected to play against Ulster last weekend picked up a hamstring strain during the week and his absence opens the door for Doug Howlett to take his place on the wing.

Munster: Shaun Payne; Brian Carney, Rua Tipoki, Lifeimi Mafi, Doug Howlett; Ronan O’Gara capt, Peter Stringer: Marcus Horan, Jerry Flannery, John Hayes; Donncha O’Callaghan, Mick O’Driscoll; Denis Leamy, David Wallace, Anthony Foley.Replacements: Frank Sheahan,Tony Buckley, Donnacha Ryan, Alan Quinlan, Tomas O’Leary, Paul Warwick, Kieran Lewis,

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