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First Heineken Cup Starts For Sherry & O’Donnell

6th April 2012 By Munster Rugby

In making seven changes from the side that started against Leinster last weekend, Tony McGahan hands first Heineken Cup starts to hooker Mike Sherry and wing-forward Tommy O’Donnell.

In making seven changes from the side that started against Leinster last weekend, Tony McGahan hands first Heineken Cup starts to hooker Mike Sherry and wing-forward Tommy O’Donnell.

Sherry has three Heineken Cup appearances off the bench to his credit all from last season while O’Donnell only appearance at this level was when he replaced James Coughlan in the 77th minute of Munster’s game against Scarlets in Thomond Park Stadium back in December.

It's also a first Heineken Cup start for Felix Jones whose European competition experience has been confined to Munster's Amlin Challenge Cup games last season

In the backs, there are two changes where a return from injury by Denis Hurley and Conor Murray sees Johne Murphy and Tomas O’Leary slip to the bench.

Up front Wian du Preez starts his seventh consecutive Heineken Cup game and Donnacha Ryan and Paul O’Connell return from injury.

In the back row, Peter O’Mahony switches from seven to six and O’Donnell is preferred to David Wallace who is named on the bench.

Munster: F Jones; D Hurley, K Earls, L Mafi, S Zebo; R O’Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, M Sherry, BJ Botha; D Ryan, P O’Connell; P O’Mahony, T O’Donnell, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Varley, M Horan, S Archer, D O’Callaghan, D Wallace, T O’Leary, I Keatley, J Murphy.

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