Munster gear up for Thomond Park finale

Brian Gleeson celebrating Ireland's third try against England on their way to winning the under-20 Six Nations Grand Slam.

CAPTAIN Peter O’Mahony and Conor Murray, fresh from their heroics in helping Ireland secure a Grand Slam, will not feature with Munster in Saturday’s final home URC fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.15pm).

The pair have been given a well-deserved break and will return to provincial camp after the weekend. However, fellow internationals Craig Casey, Gavin Coombes, Jack Crowley, Dave Kilcoyne, and Roman Salanoa re-joined Graham Rowntree’s fold earlier in the week. 

With final placings for next year’s Champions Cup now based on URC league standing, Munster are in need of the precious league points.

Also on international duty at the weekend was Ben Healy, who featured in Scotland’s win over Italy at Murrayfield. 

On the injury front, both Tom Ahern and Mike Haley have resumed full training. Continuing to rehab are: Niall Scannell (shoulder), Liam Coombes (thigh), Jeremy Loughman (thigh), Keith Earls (calf), Tadhg Beirne (ankle), Liam O’Connor (neck), Chris Moore (neck), Eoin O’Connor (shoulder), Paddy Kelly (head), Jack Daly (knee), and Andrew Conway (knee).

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Ireland also won the Under-20 Grand Slam over the weekend,  awith 36-24 win over England at Musgrave Park. The team included Garryowen’s Brian Gleeson, who was named player of the match), Ruadhán Quinn of Old Crescent, and Danny Sheahan (UCC).

Action resumes in the AIL on Saturday. In Division 1A, recent Munster Senior Cup winners Young Munster host UCD at Tom Clifford Park, Shannon tackle Cork Constitution at Temple Hill, and Garryowen visit Lakelands Park to play Terenure College.

The Cookies, who are fourth in the table standings, are Limerick’s flagbearers for qualification into the knock-out stages. 

Elsewhere, UL Bohemian are away to Ballymena at Eaton Park, Old Crescent entertain Blackrock College at Takumi Park, and Bruff are at Holmpatrick to meet Skerries.