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Tommy O'Donnell back in full training as Munster prepare for hit-out against Connacht

JJ Hanrahan has stepped up his recovery from a shoulder injury and Peter O’Mahony has begun his pre-season prep.

O'Donnell sets himself to tackle Denis Buckley last year.
O'Donnell sets himself to tackle Denis Buckley last year.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

MUNSTER AND CONNACHT have added a closed training match to their pre-season schedules before their Pro14 warm-up fixtures commence next week.

The southern province will go to Galway for Friday’s hit-out before travelling to face Donncha O’Callaghan and Peter Stringer’s Worcester Warriors on Thursday 24 August.

Openside Tommy O’Donnell should feature in both contests as the province reports he has returned to full training after an ankle injury picked up in the Pro12 final defeat to Scarlets in May.

O’Donnell’s return to full fitness is timely with Conor Oliver still being assessed for a shoulder injury and Lions Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander just getting their pre-season prep started – today for O’Mahony and next week for Stander.

Fans with a Peter O'Mahony flag O'Mahony captained the Lions in the first Test of their series in New Zealand this summer. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Outside the pack, Conor Murray will also return to the fold next week. JJ Hanrahan has stepped up his recovery from a shoulder injury to take part in modified training, while Simon Zebo has resumed full training after picking up a knee problem during the second Test of Ireland’s summer tour.

JJ Hanrahan Hanrahan returns after a spell with Northampton Saints. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Rassie Erasmus’ men begin the season at home to Treviso in Cork on 1 September before a tough block of games that features the Cheetahs’ first visit to Thomond Park, trips to face the Ospreys, Glasgow and an inter-pro clash with Leinster in the Aviva Stadium.

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