Laulala in for injured Earls

Rob Penney has made just one change to his starting XV for the return game against Saracens in Vicarage Road on Sunday with Casey Laulala coming into the side in place of the injured Keith Earls.

Laulala in for injured Earls

Rob Penney has made just one change to his starting XV for the return game against Saracens in Vicarage Road on Sunday with Casey Laulala coming into the side in place of the injured Keith Earls.

Earls trained in Limerick on Tuesday but later complained of groin trouble and so was withdrawn from the squad with Laulala resuming the centre partnership he enjoyed with James Downey for the Racing Metro and Edinburgh games.

Earlier in the week Penney had expressed concern over Simon Zebo, BJ Botha, Dave O'Callaghan as well as Earls, but the Limerick born centre is the only fresh casualty ahead weekend with the other three players coming through training this morning in Cork.

Earls’ injury has seen Luke O'Dea withdrawn from the British & Irish squad for tonight's game against Rotherham Titans with the winger set to travel to London tomorrow to join the senior squad.

James Coughlan will win his 100th cap at Vicarage Road and he will line out alongside Dave O’Callaghan and Peter O’Mahony in the back row.

Munster: F Jones; D Howlett capt, C Laulala, J Downey, S Zebo; R O'Gara, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, BJ Botha; D O'Callaghan, D Ryan; Dave O'Callaghan, P O'Mahony, J Coughlan.

Replacements: D Varley, W du Preez, S Archer, B Holland, P Butler, D Williams, I Keatley, L O'Dea.

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