Shaun Payne and Denis Hurley vie for the number 15 shirt following Hurley's impressive return to action last weekend. Kieran Lewis, Lifeimi Mafi and Rua Tipoki are the contenders for the centre position and if Brian Carney has recovered from the nasty cut he received against Edinburgh he will likely start on the right wing.
Up front Marcus Horan is back after soldiering with Shannon last weekend which leaves Kidney to decide between him and Federico Pucciariello while Denis Leamy and Anthony Foley will be wearing either jersey number 8 or 18 on Saturday at The Ricoh.
For Munster's Head of Fitness & Conditioning Paul Darbyshire, Saturday visit will afford him the opportunity to catch up on his old mate Shaun Edwards, the London Wasps coach, " Shaun and I came from the same amateur club, Wigan St Patricks and later I played against him when I was at Warrington he was at Wigan, so yes I know Shaun well. He was a very skilful player. Heâ00s a very determined guy whatever he puts his mind to and heâ00s done a great job at Wasps. He could be moving up to international standard and no reason why not cause heâ00s a quality coach. So looking forward to catching up with him, haven't met him in a few years."
Its Edwards who will be plotting Munster's downfall but Darbyshire expressed his satisfaction with where his squad are right now, "They're all in good spirits. There's a lot of good work been done. The internationals coming back have slotted in quite well. Obviously there's been a period of integration back into the squad but thatâ00s gone very smoothly.
With the lads coming back from the World Cup you would of course have liked maybe another week before facing into what he have to, but then itâ00s the same for every other team. Wasps are going to have players playing their first game this weekend so itâ00s the same for everybody. On that score itâ00s a pretty level playing field.
"We've tapered back training somewhat leading into the Heineken Cup games so hopefully they'll be fresh going into the next two games. But yes, everyone's buzzing an ready to go. "
Asked to pinpoint Wasps' area of strength, Darbyshire responds immediately, "Their physicality. They are very physical up front thatâ00s something we must be ready for and match. We have some very useful backs but our forwards need to get on top of their pack if we are to allow those guys space to do any damage. So whoever wins up front I think holds the key to the game." he says.
And what of playing at the Ricoh Arena. "I don't think it'll be any advantage to either side. It's going to be the same for both teams. Itâ00s a neutral venue really, I know they've played there in the past.
"Hopefully the Munster supporters will be there in their thousands. Itâ00s a great surface, itâ00s a football surface and I know the guys are looking forward to playing on it. "