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McGahan rings changes as Horan in line to win 200th cap

Reds travel to Wales to take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow with the Ireland man in line for a milestone appearance.

Marcus Horan: milestone.
Marcus Horan: milestone.
Image: INPHO/Billy Stickland

MUNSTER HAVE NAMED their side to face Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

And, after he made 13 changes last time out, head coach Tony McGahan has continued to ring the changes.

Just eight of those who faced Edinburgh start in Wales tomorrow.

Marcus Horan will win his 200th cap as he is one of two forwards retained from last week; Donncha O’Callaghan is the other. Paul O’Connell and James Coughlan are named on the bench.

“They’re always a tough side to take on, no matter where you play them but in their own back yard, more so,” said Donnacha Ryan, who will partner O’Callaghan.

“And I don’t think it matters what side they put out,” Ryan continues in reference to international duties that sees them shorn of their stars, “they’ll still play the same brand of rugby. Physical when they want to be and expansive when they can.”

Munster: Denis Hurley; Doug Howlett, Will Chambers, Danny Barnes, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Tomas O’Leary; Marcus Horan, Damien Varley, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan, Donnacha Ryan; Denis Leamy, Niall Ronan, Peter O’Mahony.

Replacements: Denis Fogarty, Wian du Preez, Stephen Archer, Paul O’Connell, James Coughlan, Conor Murray, Ronan O’Gara, Johne Murphy.

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