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Hanrahan returns ahead of Racing clash

Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 4:22pm

JJ Hanrahan and Rhys Marshall have returned to Munster Rugby training this week. The boost comes ahead of Munster's European clash with Racing 92 at Thomond Park on Saturday.

Kerryman Hanrahan missed last week's bonus-point win over Ospreys at Liberty Stadium with a hamstring injury while Marshall had been sidelined with a knee issue but has made progress with his rehabilitation.

Tyler Bleyendaal started as outhalf for Munster last weekend following injuries to Hanrahan and Joey Carbery, however Hanrahan could be in line to start this weekend after recovering from his hamstring issue.

Carbery is continuing to rehab an ankle injury while Dave Kilcoyne is also ruled out with a calf injury. Meanwhile Chris Cloete is continuing with the return to play protocols after the South African failed a HIA during Munster's Pro14 win over Ulster almost two weeks ago.

The province also confirmed this week that Saturday’s clash against Racing 92 will be Alby Mathewson’s final game at Munster with the scrum-half departing after making a big impact since joining in August 2018. Initially only signing for a short-term stay, Mathewson stayed with Munster for 15 months, becoming a player and fan favourite during his time with the team. Taking to Twitter, he said: “Just want to say thank you to the whole Munster Rugby organisation for having me. I’m lucky to have played for such a world class and historical club. Love my team mates and will miss them a lot. Thanks Limerick for having me. To all the supporters you guys are unreal.”

Thomond Park will host a number of familiar faces on the opposing side on Saturday. Former Munster players Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan now both ply their trade with Racing in Paris with Zebo welcoming his third child this week with girlfriend Elvira Fernandez, a boy called Noah.

Kick-off at Thomond Park on Saturday 23 November is at 5.30pm.

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