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All You Need To Know | Munster v Zebre

20th February 2020 By The Editor

All You Need To Know | Munster v Zebre

Darren Sweetnam makes a return to the match-day squad. INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Munster take on Zebre at the Stadio Giovanni Mari, Milan, on Friday night in Round 12 of the Guinness PRO14.

Munster take on Zebre at the Stadio Giovanni Mari, Milan, on Friday night in Round 12 of the Guinness PRO14.

Find out all you need to know ahead of #ZEBvMUN below.

Munster News

Team Announcement

Training Gallery

Squad Update

Where?

Stadio Giovanni Mari, Milan

When?

Friday, 8.35pm local/7.35pm Irish

Broadcast

Live on eir Sport

Did you know?

The Stadio Giovanni Mari in Legnano becomes the 46th different venue to be used for a Guinness PRO14 match.

The Italians have lost only one of their last four home games in all tournaments: 8-13 to local rivals Benetton in round 8.

Team Line-Ups

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Niall Scannell (c), John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Arno Botha, Chris Cloete, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Gavin Coombes, Tommy O’Donnell, Neil Cronin, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam.

Zebre: Junior Laloifi; Paula Balekana, Jamie Elliott, Tommaso Boni (c), Pierre Bruno; Francois Brummer, Joshua Renton; Daniele Rimepelli, Massimo Ceciliani, Eduardo Bello, Mick Kearney, Ian Nagle, Maxime Mbandà, Jimmy Tuivaiti, Renato Giammarioli.

Replacements: Matteo Luccardi, Riccardo Burgnara, Matteo Nocera, Leonard Krumov, George Biagi, Nicolò Casilio, Pescetto Paolo, Enrico Lucchin.

Preview

Having hit top gear against the Kings last time out Munster, who lie second in Conference B, will be keen to back up that result when they travel to Zebre on Friday.

Head Coach Johann van Graan has made six changes to the side that defeated Southern Kings in Cork last week.

Hooker Niall Scannell will captain the side for the first time.

Tommy O’Donnell and Darren Sweetnam are in line for a return to action with both named in the replacements after overcoming respective hamstring injuries.

It will be a proud day for the Scannell/O’Sullivan family as Niall gets to lead his brother Rory and cousin Jack out on the field for the first time.

Match Officials

Referee: Dan Jones (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Manual Bottino (FIR) , Rhys Jones (WRU)

TMO: Sean Brickell (WRU)

Final 5 Home Games

Saturday, February 29

Munster v Scarlets, Thomond Park, 5pm; Buy tickets here

Friday, March 27

Munster v Benetton Rugby, Irish Independent Park, 7.35pm; Buy Early Bird tickets here (Early bird closes on February 26)

Saturday, April 11

Munster v Cardiff Blues, Thomond Park, 3pm; Buy Early Bird tickets here (Early bird closes on March 2)

Saturday, April 25

Munster v Glasgow Warriors, Thomond Park, 5pm; Buy Early Bird tickets here (Early bird closes on March 2)

Weekend of May 29/30

Munster v Connacht, Thomond Park; Buy Early Bird tickets here (Early bird closes on March 2)

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