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  • "should be a good marker to gauge the progress Newport dragons have made this season, hope the Italian ref is strong as munster are the masters of intimidating them (especially Mr O"connell)"
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Dragons unchanged for clash with O'Connell and Munster

Campaign Series: Dragons unchanged for clash with O'Connell and Munster Dragons unchanged for clash with O'Connell and Munster

IRELAND icon Paul O’Connell will attempt to take his All Blacks agony out on Newport Gwent Dragons when he starts for Munster at Rodney Parade tomorrow evening (kick-off 7.15pm).

Dragons director of rugby Lyn Jones has named an unchanged squad for the clash with the RaboDirect Pro12 leaders following his side’s stunning win in Glasgow last weekend.

And the Irish province – who thumped Cardiff Blues in the capital on Saturday – head to Newport with a strong side ahead of their Heineken Cup double-header with Perpignan.

The challenge will be spearheaded by lock O’Connell, who has a swift turnaround after being in the Ireland side that dramatically lost at the death to New Zealand in Dublin on Sunday.

Dragons: D Evans, M Pewtner, P Leach, R Wardle, W Harries, J Tovey, R Rees, O Evans, S Parry, F Chaparro, C Hill, R Sidoli (captain), L Evans, N Cudd, N Talei. Replacements: E Dee, A Coundley, D Way, M Screech, I Jones, W Evans, S Jones, A Smith.

Munster: F Jones; G van den Heever, K Earls J Downey D Hurley; I Keatley D Williams; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, S Archer; D O'Callaghan, P O'Connell; B Holland (captain), CJ Stander, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Varley, J Cronin, BJ Botha, I Nagle, B O'Mahony, C Sheridan, JJ Hanrahan, I Dineen.

Referee: M Mitrea (Italy)

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