He was also forced to reshuffle his pack after Mick O'Driscoll failed to recover from a back strain picked up in training earlier in the week. Donnacha Ryan now partners Donncha O'Callaghan in the second row with James Coughlan brought onto the bench.
Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett, L Mafi, D Leamy, I Dowling; P Warwick, P Stringer; T Buckley, J Flannery, J Hayes; D O'Callaghan, D Ryan; A Quinlan, D Wallace, A Foley capt. Replacements: F Sheahan, M Horan, P O'Connell, J Coughlan, T O'Leary, R O'Gara, R Tipoki.
Connacht: G Duffy; M Mostyn, M Deane, K Matthews, D Riordan; A Dunne, C O'Loughlin; B Wilkinson, A Flavin, R Morris; D Gannon, A Farley capt; J Muldoon, J O'Connor, C Rigney. Replacements: J Fogarty, B McGovern, A Browne, L Casserly, C McPhillips, T Nathan, D Yapp.