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RaboDirect PRO12 match preview: Munster v Connacht

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Dave McSharry gets the nod at inside centre for Connacht.

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Paul O'Connell is back in Munster colours after a six-month lay-off.

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Munster welcome back Ireland lock Paul O'Connell as they look for their first win in four games against Connacht in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash.

O'Connell is included in the starting XV for the first time since October having recovered from a back injury.

In contrast to the hosts, who have lost their last three league matches, Connacht arrive with four wins in their last five outings.

There is just one play-off place left in the reach of Munster who must now grapple with Ospreys and Scarlets to make the top four.

Munster benefit from the late kick-off meaning they will know exactly what is expected by the time their game gets underway at Musgrave Park.

The home side make three changes to the team which drew against Ospreys last time out.

The inclusion of O'Connell sees Billy Holland demoted to the bench as Conncha O'Callaghan partners the returning Ireland international at lock.

Sean Dougall is back in the starting line-up having not played since January while Niall Ronan is named in the squad for the first time since November.

Meanwhile, Connacht have made just two changes to the team which defeated Zebre in the last round of fixtures.

Coach Eric Elwood names Dave McSharry in the back line for the first time since January's Heineken Cup clash against Zebre.

George Naoupu enters the fold to join Mick Kearney in the second row in place of Andrew Browne who switches to blindside flanker with John Muldoon starting at number eight.

Munster: 15 Felix Jones, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 James Downey, 11 Doug Hurley; 10 Ronan O'Gara, 9 Cathal Sheridan, 8 James Coughlan, 7 Sean Dougall, 6 Tommy O'Donnell, 5 Paul O'Connell, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Damien Varley, 1 David Kilcoyne.

Replacements: 16 Mike Sherry, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 BJ Botha, 19 Billy Holland, 20 Niall Ronan, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Ian Keatley, 23 Ivan Dineen.

Connacht: 15 Robbie Henshaw, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Eoin Griffin, 12 Dave McSharry, 11 Gavin Duffy (capt), 10 Dan Parks, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 John Muldoon, 7 Willie Faloon, 6 Andrew Browne, 5 George Naoupu, 4 Mick Kearney, 3 Nathan White, 2 Jason Harris-Wright, 1 Brett Wilkinson.

Replacements: 16 Adrian Flavin, 17 Denis Buckley, 18 Ronan Loughney, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Eoin McKeon, 21 Paul O'Donohoe, 22 Miah Nikora, 23 Fetu'u Vainikolo.

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19:35Ulster vs Edinburgh
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Saturday 4th October
18:30Leinster vs Munster
Sunday 5th October
14:00Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow
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Friday 10th October
19:00Benetton Treviso vs Connacht
19:35Munster vs Scarlets
Saturday 11th October
14:40Edinburgh vs Newport Gwent D'gons
15:00Zebre vs Leinster
17:05Ulster vs Glasgow
Sunday 12th October
16:00Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues
Friday 31st October
19:35Ospreys vs Connacht
19:35Glasgow vs Benetton Treviso
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TBCScarlets vs Zebre
TBCUlster vs Newport Gwent D'gons
17:15Cardiff Blues vs Munster
Friday 21st November
19:35Ulster vs Ospreys
19:35Connacht vs Zebre
19:35Scarlets vs Glasgow
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