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Donncha O'Callaghan back for Munster's Edinburgh clash

Updated: Friday, 19 Oct 2012 15:28 | Comments

Donncha O'Callaghan returns to partner 
Paul O'Connell in the second row
Donncha O'Callaghan returns to partner Paul O'Connell in the second row

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Munster welcome back Donncha O'Callaghan for their Heineken Cup clash with Edinburgh at Thomond Park on Sunday (12.45).

The lock returns to partner Paul O'Connell, while Mike Sherry starts ahead of Damien Varley in the only changes up front.

The injury to Ronan O'Gara (hamstring) means a start at 10 for Ian Keatley with Denis Hurley moving back into the full-back berth .

Munster (v Edinburgh): Denis Hurley; Doug Howlett capt, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Mick Sherry, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell; Donnacha Ryan, Sean Dougall, Peter O'Mahony.

Replacements: Damien Varley, Marcus Horan, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Paddy Butler, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Felix Jones.

Munster face an Edinburgh side who were trounced at home in their opening game by Saracens but it would seem very naive to gauge Edinburgh's ability on that one performance.

"They'll come to Thomond Park, hopefully thinking they're coming in under the radar after that loss" - Rob Penney

Ahead of the game coach Rob Penney said: "They did some really good things against Saracens.

"If you look at that game closely you'd be remiss to disregard their display totally. Because they did some really good things."

"They got, and I know it's very un-Edinburgh like, but they got beaten up a few times at some breakdown situations and a couple of times at set-piece."

"So undoubtedly they'll be doing some work in that area. And they'll come to Thomond Park, hopefully thinking they're coming in under the radar after that loss.

"But we're certainly doing as much diligent research as we've done in any other game to ensure that we're as prepared as we can be. And I think there's two sides hurting a bit, it could be fireworks."

Full commentary on Munster v Edinburgh on Sunday Sport Extra on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, LW 252 and rte.ie from 12.30 on Sunday 21 October.

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