The Munster team has been named for the sold-out URC Interpro derby against Leinster on St Stephen’s Day (7.35pm).
While the Leinster game is sold-out, there are still tickets available here for the Champions Cup clash against Northampton in January.
There are four personnel changes and one positional switch to the side that faced Exeter Chiefs last week with three Academy players in the 23-man squad.
Tighthead prop Oli Jager makes his first start for Munster on his third appearance for the province.
Dave Kilcoyne joins Jager in the front row on his first start of the campaign with Academy lock Edwin Edogbo returning from injury to take his place in the second row. It will be Edogbo’s seventh start of the campaign.
In the backline, Simon Zebo comes into the side at full-back for his second appearance of the season with Shane Daly moving to the left wing.
Calvin Nash keeps his place on the right wing with the centre and half-back partnerships unchanged.
Scrum-half Craig Casey and out-half Jack Crowley start together once again with Alex Nankivell and Antoine Frisch in midfield.
Hooker Diarmuid Barron captains the side and packs down with Kilcoyne and Jager in the front row.
Edogbo and Gavin Coombes partner up in the second row with Coombes set for his 10th appearance of the campaign having started all of Munster’s games so far this year.
The back row of Tom Ahern, John Hodnett and Jack O’Donoghue is unchanged.
Eoghan Clarke, Jeremy Loughman and Stephen Archer are the front row replacements with Academy back-row Brian Gleeson and Alex Kendellen completing the forward cover.
Paddy Patterson, Academy out-half Tony Butler and Seán O’Brien are the backline replacements.
In line with IRFU player management guidelines, Tadhg Beirne and Conor Murray were unavailable for selection having featured in all five games since returning from international duty.
The duo also played in all five matches of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup campaign in France.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Dave Kilcoyne, Diarmuid Barron (C), Oli Jager; Edwin Edogbo, Gavin Coombes; Tom Ahern, John Hodnett, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Eoghan Clarke, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Brian Gleeson, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Tony Butler, Seán O’Brien.
Hear from Head Coach Graham Rowntree and Craig Casey ahead of the game.
Upcoming Home Games
URC Round 8: Tuesday, December 26
Munster v Leinster, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; SOLD OUT
Champions Cup Round 4: Saturday, January 20
Munster Rugby v Northampton Saints, Thomond Park, 5.30pm; Buy tickets here
Saturday, February 3
Munster Rugby v Crusaders, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, 5pm; SOLD OUT
URC Round 11: Friday, March 1
Munster v Zebre Parma, Musgrave Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here
URC Round 13: Saturday, March 30
Munster v Cardiff Rugby, Thomond Park, 7.35pm; Buy tickets here
URC Round 16: Saturday, May 11
Munster v Connacht, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here
URC Round 18: Saturday, June 1
Munster v Ulster, Thomond Park, 5.15pm; Buy tickets here