De Allende on board as Munster heads to South Africa

The traveling group from Munster left Ireland for South Africa on Sunday ahead of the province’s next two-game tour of the United Rugby Championship.

Munster take on the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria this Saturday at 2.05pm Irish time (4.05pm local time).

Johann van Graan’s side will then face the Emirates Lions the following Saturday (March 19) in Johannesburg at 12:00 noon Irish time (2:00 p.m. local).

September 4, 2021; Munster head coach Johann van Graan before a challenge match between Munster XV Red and Munster XV Gray at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jack O’Donoghue will captain the 33-man traveling squad which includes six members of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.

Academy Forwards Scott Buckley (hooker), Marc Donnelly (to support), Cian Hurley (lock), Eoin O’Connor (lock) and alex kendellen (back row) travels with scrum-half Paddy Patterson.

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Shannon RFC Aran Hehirwho joined the team as scrum-half cover in recent weeks, is also part of the traveling squad.

A positive step for Damien d’Allende sees the center traveling with the team to South Africa as he recovers from an abdominal injury.

Jeremy Loughman did not travel after being called up to the senior Ireland squad for the first time with Craig Casey and Gavin Combes return to the international camp.

Forwards (17): Stephen Archer, Diarmuid Barron, Scott Buckley, Chris Cloete, Mark Donnelly, John Hodnett, Cian Hurley, Alex Kendellen, Jean Kleyn, Keynan Knox, Eoin O’Connor, Jack O’Donoghue (C), Jack O’Sullivan, John Ryan , Niall Scannell, Fineen Wycherley, Josh Wycherley.

Back (16): Liam Coombes, Neil Cronin, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly, Damian de Allende, Chris Farrell, Jake Flannery, Matt Gallagher, Dan Goggin, Mike Haley, Ben Healy, Aran Hehir, Calvin Nash, Paddy Patterson, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo.

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