Munster coach Anthony Foley focused on Glasgow and not Paul O’Connell move to France

Paul O'Connell with Head Coach Anthony Foley
Paul O'Connell with Head Coach Anthony Foley

Munster coach Anthony Foley is not allowing individual milestones to effect the way the team approach Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 final at Kingspan Stadium, Belfast (6.30pm).

Irish legend Paul O’Connell will play his last game for the Province and BJ Botha will make his 100th appearance with Munster when they face Glasgow Warriors in Saturday’s Celtic League showpiece.

Foley said: “We do not want it to be about people around the squad. If everyone does their job then we will sign off on a few things quite nicely.”

Munster are without Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony, but Foley said: “injuries are one of those things in the game. They are big names but a squad has got us to the final, so those stepping in will make the most of their opportunity”.

Glasgow skipper Johann Strauss said losing to Leinster in the final in Dublin last year was something they could draw on “we are still very excited about playing in another final, but it is a lot calmer in the build up this year.

“We know the task ahead. Munster finished second in the league campaign and we will have to be better than we have anytime this season if we are to take that extra step and win a trophy.”

TEAMS: Glasgow: Hogg, Seymour, Vernon, Horne, van der Merwe, Russell, Pyrgos, Reid, Hall, de Klerk, Nakarawa, Gray, Harley, Wilson, Strauss (captain). Replacements: Brown, Yanuyanutawa, Welsh, Kellock, Fusaro, Matawalu, Weir, Lamont.

Munster: Jones; Earls, Smith, Hurley (captain), Zebo; Keatley, Williams; Kilcoyne, Guinazu, Botha; Holland, O’Connell; Ryan, Butler, Stander. Replacements: Casey, Cronin, Archer, Dougall, O’Donoghue, Sheridan, Hanrahan, O’Mahony.