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Leamy Plays Centre Role For Munster

28th March 2008 By Munster Rugby

Munster have finalised their starting side for tonights Magners League clash with Connacht at the Sportsground (7.30pm) and have partnered Denis Leamy with Lifeimi Mafi in the centre.

Munster have finalised their starting side for tonights Magners League clash with Connacht at the Sportsground (7.30pm) and have partnered Denis Leamy with Lifeimi Mafi in the centre.

With doubts about Rua Tipoki, he is named on the bench, added to the continued absence through injury of Barry Murphy (hamstring) and given that Keith Earls has just recovered from hamstring trouble, coach Declan Kidney uses Leamy in the centre on this occasion.

He was also forced to reshuffle his pack after Mick O’Driscoll failed to recover from a back strain picked up in training earlier in the week. Donnacha Ryan now partners Donncha O’Callaghan in the second row with James Coughlan brought onto the bench.

Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett, L Mafi, D Leamy, I Dowling; P Warwick, P Stringer; T Buckley, J Flannery, J Hayes; D O’Callaghan, D Ryan; A Quinlan, D Wallace, A Foley capt. Replacements: F Sheahan, M Horan, P O’Connell, J Coughlan, T O’Leary, R O’Gara, R Tipoki.

Connacht: G Duffy; M Mostyn, M Deane, K Matthews, D Riordan; A Dunne, C O’Loughlin; B Wilkinson, A Flavin, R Morris; D Gannon, A Farley capt; J Muldoon, J O’Connor, C Rigney. Replacements: J Fogarty, B McGovern, A Browne, L Casserly, C McPhillips, T Nathan, D Yapp.

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