Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Ospreys in the Liberty Stadium on Sunday with Tyler Bleyendaal, Mark Chisholm and Francis Saili joining academy player Stephen Fitzgerald in making their first PRO12 starts.
Bleyendaal made his debut for the province against Treviso last weekend when coming off the bench after 55 minutes and this week he makes his first PRO12 start joining Cathal Sheridan in the half-backs.
In total Foley makes 8 changes to the starting XV for Sunday’s round 2 encounter which kicks off at 2.30pm.
In the front row returning international Dave Kilcoyne makes his first appearance of the season scrumming down alongside Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer who is promoted from the bench for his 99th appearance for the province.
Munster’s newest signing Mark Chisholm will make his debut for the province when he lines out next to Dave Foley while the only change to the backrow sees Robin Copeland introduced at number 8.
Francis Saili has successfully completed all of his return to play protocols and makes his PRO12 debut in joining academy player Rory Scannell in the centre partnership. Scannell’s academy colleague Stephen Fitzgerald is another to make his competitive debut and the 19-year-old is named on the wing joining Andrew Conway and Felix Jones in the back three. Jones takes over the captaincy role this week.
In the replacements hooker Duncan Casey is included in his first match-day squad of the season while Jordan Coghlan is in line to make his Munster PRO12 debut if sprung from the bench.
Munster: Felix Jones Capt.; Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Stephen Fitzgerald; Tyler Bleyendaal, Cathal Sheridan; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Mark Chisholm, Dave Foley; Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Jordan Coghlan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, David Johnston.