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Munster XV (v Edinburgh)

Guinness PRO12 Editor

30 Aug 2012

No real surprises in Rob Penney’s first competitive selection, the side to play Edinburgh includes the three summer signings Casey Laulala, James Downey and Sean Dougall plus internationals Donncha O’Callaghan and Mike Sherry.

Besides the three newcomers the only uncapped player in the squad is wing forward Barry O'Mahony while Doug Howlett leads the side for the first time competitively in his new role as squad captain.

Downey and Laulala form the midfield pairing and after an impressive debut season in which he scored four tries Luke O'Dea is named on the left wing.

Up front there's a strong spine to the selection, Damien Varley propped by the South African pair Wian du Preez and BJ Botha. Donncha O'Callaghan is partnered by the hard working Billy Holland with Dougall joined in the back row by youth and experience in the shape of Paddy Butler (6) and the ever dependable James Coughlan at number 8.

RaboDirect PRO12 Edinburgh v Munster, Sat. 1st Sept., Murrayfield, ko 8pm.

Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett capt, C Laulala, J Downey, L O’Dea; I Keatley, D Williams; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D O’Callaghan, B Holland; P Butler, S Dougall, J Coughlan.
Replacements: M Sherry, M Horan, S Archer, D Foley, B O’Mahony, P Stringer, S Deasy, I Dineen.