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Pro12 team news: Paulie back for Munster's game against the Dragons

Rob Penney makes a total of 12 changes from the side which beat the Cardiff Blues last weekend.

O'Connell: played 80 minutes in the 24-22 defeat to New Zealand on Sunday.
O'Connell: played 80 minutes in the 24-22 defeat to New Zealand on Sunday.
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PAUL O’CONNELL WILL start just his second Pro12 game of the season when Munster face the Newport Gwent Dragons tomorrow evening.

Coach Rob Penney has continued his rotation policy with a total of 12 changes but O’Connell is the only international to return from Sunday’s defeat against the All Blacks.

Keith Earls, James Downey and Ian Keatley are all fit again following injuries while South African winger Gerhard van den Heever, signed from Western Province in the summer, will make his long-awaited debut.

Billy Holland will captain the side at Rodney Parade. Kick-off is at 7.15pm.

Munster: Felix Jones; Gerhard van den Heever Keith Earls James Downey Denis Hurley; Ian Keatley Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell; Billy Holland (c), CJ Stander, James Coughlan
Replacements: Damien Varley, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Ian Nagle, Barry O’Mahony, Cathal Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, Ivan Dineen.

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