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Munster name squad for Italian newcomers

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TONY MCGAHAN  has named his first competitive Munster squad for Saturday’s opening Magners League match against Italian side Aironi.

Marcus Horan and John Hayes are both in the 27-man squad after injury, with the two Ireland internationals likely to feature from the bench.

McGahan sounded a cautious note ahead of the match.

“they’d be coming to Munster to make a really strong statement about their approach to the competition. They’ve recruited well, brought in a lot of experienced players. There’s probably not a lot of pressure on them to get a result, but Munster away first up, they’ve nothing to lose, they can make a really strong statement to the rest of the opposition where they’re going to be for this year.”

Aironi, one of the two new Italian teams in the Magners League, play their first ever match in the Magners League against Munster.

Munster Squad (27) D Hurley, F Jones, D Barnes, D Howlett, S Tuitupou, J Murphy, I Dowling, P Warwick, S Deasy, D Williams, P Stringer, W du Preez, Dave Ryan, M Horan, J Hayes, T Buckley, D Fogarty, D Varley, M O’Driscoll, I Nagle, B Holland, D Ryan, N Ronan, A Quinlan, P O’Mahony, T O’Donnell, D Leamy

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