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Saturday 10 December 2016

Reds chase high five

Ireland international Tommy O'Donnell has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a torn hamstring as Munster aim for five points at Irish Independent Park.

This is a cruel personal and collective blow to Munster as their first-choice back row is disrupted with Paddy Butler coming in to join the versatile Donnacha Ryan and CJ Stander.

They will probably be able to cope well enough today. This may not be the case in the semi-final and the final, should it come to that.

Former Connacht out-half Ian Keatley will wear his 100th cap for Munster and Paul O'Connell will play in Cork for the first time this season.

Munster: F Jones; K Earls, A Smith, D Hurley (capt), R O'Mahony; I Keatley, C Murray; J Ryan, E Guinazu, BJ Botha, B Holland, P O'Connell, D Ryan, P Butler, CJ Stander.

Dragons: J Tovey; T Prydie, T Morgan, J Dixon, H Amos; D Jones, J Evans; B Stankovich, H Gustafson, B Harris, C Hill, R Landman (capt), N Crosswell, N Cudd, T Faletau.

Verdict: Munster.

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