Mick O’Driscoll, Niall Ronan and Marcus Horan, who all played in Ireland’s game against Scotland last Saturday have been released back to Munster and will travel with the squad to France tomorrow for a training camp that concludes with the first of three pre-season matches.
Ronan started the game in Murrayfield while Horan and O’Driscoll were introduced as second half substitutes and they are joined for the trip to France by their current international squad colleagues,Damien Varley and Peter Stringer.
Also included in the 31 strong squad are newcomers BJ Botha and Ian Keatley along with Under 20 International JJ Hanrahan and former squad member Gerry Hurley who provides the cover at scrum-half in place of the absent Tomas O’Leary and Conor Murray.
Munster play La Rochelle on Friday at the 12,352 capacity Stade Marcel-Delflandre(7pm). They have further games against London Wasps (Fri 19th Cork) and London Irish (Fri 26th Limerick) before their opening RaboDirect Pro12 game v Dragons (Musgrave Park Sat Sept 3rd).
Munster Squad. D Hurley, S Zebo, D Howlett, J Murphy, S Deasy, JJ Hanrahan, D Barnes, L Mafi, I Keatley, D Cusack, G Hurley, P Stringer, D Williams, D Hurley, W du Preez, BJ Botha, M Horan, P Borlase, S Archer, D Varley, D Fogarty, M Sherry, M O’Driscoll, I Nagle, Dave O’Callaghan, P Butler, B Holland, N Ronan, J Coughlan, T O’Donnell, P O’Mahony.