Coughlan to skipper Munster against Connacht

James Coughlan will lead a much changed Munster side when they resume their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign against Connacht in Galway on Saturday (5.15pm).

Coughlan to skipper Munster against Connacht

James Coughlan will lead a much changed Munster side when they resume their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign against Connacht in Galway on Saturday (5.15pm).

Coughlan, who won his 100th cap in Vicarage Road last Sunday, in just one of five players who started against Saracens listed to line-out this weekend.

Saturday’s fixture will see the return from injury of Denis Hurley, Tommy O'Donnell and Sean Dougall who had a run out against his old club Rotherham Titans in the British and Irish Cup last Friday.

Hurley starts at fullback with Johne Murphy and Luke O’Dea occupying the wings. Casey Laulala and James Downey resume their centre partnership while a new look half-back pairing of Peter Stringer and Ian Keatley completes the backline.

Dave Kilcoyne joins Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer in a youthful front row. Donncha O’Callaghan will lock down alongside Billy Holland in the engine room.

Captain Coughlan will keep company with Paddy Butler and O’Donnell in the back row.

Munster (v. Connacht): D Hurley; J Murphy, C Laulala, J Downey, L O'Dea; I Keatley, P Stringer; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, S Archer; D O'Callaghan, B Holland; P Butler, T O'Donnell, J Coughlan capt.

Replacements: S Henry, W du Preez, BJ Botha, D Foley, S Dougall, D Williams, JJ Hanrahan, D Barnes.

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