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Van Graan gets started

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 8:52am

Munster will play their first game under the tutelage of new Head Coach Johann van Graan this weekend.

The South African took his first training session on Monday and faces Zebre in his first fixture in the Guinness Pro14 competition on Saturday.

Ahead of the away fixture, a number of players are continuing to progress with their rehab.

Jack O’Donoghue returned to training this week following a minor ankle injury sustained against Dragons earlier this month while Ronan O’Mahony returned to on-field training last week, as he continues his return from a fractured fibula injury.

Duncan Williams has a shoulder niggle and Tyler Bleyendaal’s neck injury is progressing well but the duo will both miss the weekend’s game in Parma.

Tommy O’Donnell (shoulder) will also miss the Zebre clash, although he is progressing well with his rehab from an AC joint injury sustained in Ireland camp.

James Cronin is rehabbing a calf muscle tear sustained while in action for the Barbarians and is expected to return next month, while Keith Earls is continuing to rehab his hamstring injury but is expected to be out for a number of weeks.

Van Graan will be without his Irish international contingent who face Argentina in the Aviva Stadium at 5.30pm on Saturday including tighthead prop John Ryan, who has returned to the Irish squad having completed his rehab on a calf injury in Munster last week.

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