Ian Nagle picked up a shoulder knock against London Irish so Billy Holland will partner Mick O'Driscoll in the engine room and Coughlan's return means a switch for Peter O'Mahony from 8 to the blindside flank. Nagle's injury is not serious and he is expected to be in contention for the game the following week against Glasgow.
Included on what looks a particularly strong bench are Tomas O'Leary and John Hayes who are bound to be pressed into action at some stage of the evening.
Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, D Barnes, L Mafi, D Hurley; I Keatley, P Stringer; M Horan, M Shery, S Archer; B Holland, M O'Driscoll; P O'Mahony, N Ronan, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Varley, W Du Preez, J Hayes, D Foley, T O'Donnell, T O'Leary, S Deasy, S Zebo.
Referee: Stefano Penne
Asst Referees: David Wilkinson & Brian MacNiece(IRFU).
Citing Comm: Eugene Ryan (IRFU).
TMO: Seamus Flannery (IRFU).
Tickets are on sale for this game online here and from the following locations: ticket offices in Cork (Tramore Rd.) & Limerick (Thomond Park); the Munster Rugby Store, Maylor Street; Ticketmaster Outlet, Merchants Quay; Mahers Sports, Oliver Plunkett Street; Cummins Sports, Douglas Shopping Centre.
Tickets will be on sale on Match Day at Musgrave Park, from 12 midday outside the Dolphin Gate.