International commitments have removed Donncha O'Callaghan from the equation and his place goes to former Australian international Tom Bowman.
With Jim Williams returning to duty, Gaffney shifts David Wallace to open side from the number 8 berth he manned so well against Ulster. Wallace was outstanding in that position last week but should be just as effective in the number 7 shirt forming a formidable back-row alongside Williams and Denis Leamy.
In the backs, Rob Henderson is recalled to form a midfield partnership with Shaun Payne while there is gas aplenty in the back three selection of Mossy Lawlor, Anthony Horgan and Christian Cullen.
Munster: Christian Cullen, Mossy Lawlor, Shaun Payne, Rob Henderson, Anthony Horgan; Paul Burke, Mike Prendergast; Frank Roche, James Blaney, Gordon McIlwham; Trevor Hogan, Tom Bowman; Denis Leamy, David Wallace, Jim Williams, capt. Replacements Mike Storey, Denis Fogarty, Tom Hayes, Stephen Keogh, Eoin Reddan, Jason Holland, Mike Mullins/Martin McPhail Newport-Gwent Dragons: Kevin Morgan' Gareth Wyatt, Nathan Brew, Sione Tuipulotu, Ben Breeze; Craig Warlow, Gareth Baber; Rod Snow, James Richards, Chris Anthony; Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli; Jamie Ringer, Jason Forster (c) Richard Bryan. Replaceemnts. (from) Kieran Crawford Adam Black, Rhys Thomas, Rhys Oakley Steve Winn, Jonathan Bryant, James Ireland,