URC and AIL action resumes at the weekend 

A groin injury has ruled Keith Earls out of the URC quarter-final.

THE attentions of rugby supporters will revert to the United Rugby Championship (URC) and All Ireland Leagues (AIL) this weekend.

Sixth-placed Munster are set to entertain Ospreys at Thomond Park on this Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).  

It’s just one of three remaining home fixtures for Graham Rowntree’s team, the others being against Scarlets (Musgrave Park on March 3) and Glasgow Warriors (Thomond Park on March 25).

On Monday the crucial trio of Gavin Coombes, Keith Earls, and Roman Salanoa were all released back by Ireland coach Andy Farrell.

Following a recent knee procedure, Andrew Conway (31) will miss this fixture. His rehabilitation is likely to continue until season’s end.  

Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter

Also troubled with injury is Calvin Nash (ribs) and is likely to be out of action for the coming weeks. 

On a positive note, RG Snyman is close to a return to full training. 

Over on the club front, the also AIL makes a welcome return on Saturday. In Division 1A, fourth-placed Young Munster are at Clontarf (second), Shannon (ninth) host Dublin University (fifth) at Thomond Park (2.30pm), and Garryowen (bottom) are away to UCD (eight).