Munster captain O’Mahony to sit out Murrayfield clash

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Edinburgh Rugby’s European hopes received a boost today when Munster announced that they would be resting captain Peter O’Mahony for tomorrow’s Murrayfield showdown, despite the Irish club repeatedly stating that the Test back row did not suffer concussion against Leinster last week.

In an unusual step, Munster said on their website: “All protocol regarding return to play has been followed and Peter has progressed normally in this regard.

“However, due to the heavy schedule in the upcoming weeks, including Rabo, Heineken and possible international involvement, a decision to omit Peter has been made.”

Munster team to face Edinburgh at Murrayfield tomorrow: Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Donncha Ryan, Paul O’Connell (captain), Paddy Butler, Niall Ronan, James Coughlan. Subs: Damien Varley, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Denis Hurley.

• What was once a major North Edinburgh rugby rivalry will be rekindled tomorrow when Leith entertain Trinity Accies in East Division Two at Quarryholes.

The teams have not met since a Cup tie in 1996, while their previous league encounter was two years before that.