Munster lose Bok prop to injury

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:15
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Munster will have to make do without the services of Springbok prop BJ Botha in the opening rounds of the Pro12 season.

Munster will have to make do without the services of Springbok prop BJ Botha in the opening rounds of the Pro12 season.

Botha suffered a grade two medial ligament injury to the right knee on Friday night against London Irish and is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of four weeks.

The news comes as a cruel blow ahead of Munster’s Pro12 opener against Edinburgh this weekend but head coach Rob Penney said it presents an opportunity for the younger props in the squad to make a name for themselves.

"We're lucky that we have some good young talent coming through and it's exciting that these younger players will get a chance to show what they're worth," said Penney, who indicated that a number of returning internationals should be available for consideration this week.

Ivan Dineen, who was a late withdrawal from Friday’s squad after taking a knock to his calf, returned to full training on Wednesday as did Keith Earls, who took part in full contact training following on from his recovery from a shoulder injury.

Andrew Conway, who sustained a dead leg against Gloucester, will continue his recovery for the remainder of the week while James Downey continues to rehab his quad tear - both will not be available for Saturday’s encounter.

Felix Jones (shoulder) and Luke O’Dea (wrist) continue with their rehabilitation while Conor Murray, Paul O’Connell and Simon Zebo advance with their pre-season training.

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
PRO12
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Team P W D L Pts
Munster 22 19 0 3 86
Leinster 22 18 0 4 85
Scarlets 22 17 0 5 77
Ospreys 22 14 0 8 69
Ulster 22 14 1 7 68
Glasgow Warriors 22 11 0 11 58
Cardiff Blues 22 11 1 10 53
Connacht 22 9 0 13 44
Edinburgh 22 6 0 16 31
Treviso 22 5 0 17 23
Dragons 22 4 0 18 23
Zebre 22 3 0 19 19