16 Apr 14
Munster trained in the sunshine at UL yesterday, ahead of Saturday evening's crucial derby away to Connacht in the RaboDirect PRO12.
Sean Dougall returns to a senior starting XV side for the first time since March and is joined by Dave O'Callaghan and Paddy Butler in the backrow. Ian Keatley joins Laulala in the centre partnership while JJ Hanrahan and Cathal Sheridan form the half-back pairing.
Academy player Ronan O'Mahony gets his second Rabo start while Academy prop James Cronin is named in the replacements for his potential second outing also. Cian Bohane, if called upon, will make his Rabo debut on Friday night.
Munster: D Hurley; R O'Mahony, C Laulala, I Keatley, J Murphy; JJ Hanrahan, C Sheridan, D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, J Ryan; B Holland, P O'Connell; Dave O'Callaghan, S Dougall, P Butler. Replacements: D Varley, J Cronin, BJ Botha, I Nagle, N Ronan, D Williams, C Bohane, F Jones.
Munster play Zebre at 7.45pm Italian time and the game will only be broadcast on SportItalia, and not in Ireland. Munster Rugby plan to tweet updates here.