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Back in business: Munster call on big guns for Glasgow visit
Ronan O’Gara, Donnacha Ryan and Keith Earls go straight back into the side, but the game has come too soon for both Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony.

MUNSTER HEAD COACH Rob Penney has been able to recall six Irish internationals for this Saturday’s home Pro12 encounter with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.

Three backs and three forwards involved in the win over Argentina go straight into the southern provinces starting line-up, but a ‘knock’ to Conor Murray’s knee has forced Penney to omit the scrum-half.

Keith Earls’ inclusion means Casey Laulala will start from the bench as James Downey lines out in midfield. The Kiwi will have Ian Keatley alongside him as Ronan O’Gara resumes his familiar role at number 10.

JJ Hanrahan, who last week kicked a late penalty to salvage a losing bonus point against the Scarlets at Musgrave Park, is left out of the squad.

Up front, the scrum will be anchored by James Coughlan, returning after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin injury. CJ Stander will make his first start for the province on the blindside as Peter O’Mahony is give a week out of the firing line.

Dave Kilcoyne starts at loose-head prop ahead of a second row pairing still missing Paul O’Connell.

Munster (v Glasgow): F Jones; D Howlett (capt) K Earls, J Downey, S Zebo; R O’Gara, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, BJ Botha; D O’Callaghan, D Ryan; CJ Stander, T O’Donnell, J Coughlan.

Replacements: D Varley, W du Preez, S Archer, B Holland, P Butler, P Stringer, I Keatley, C Laulala.

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