The Munster side has been named ahead of Saturday’s round 6 URC clash against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium (5.15pm – live on RTÉ, Premier Sports, SuperSport, Discovery + & URC TV).
There are eight changes to the side that beat the Bulls last week with two positional switches.
The backline changes see Jack Crowley, Rory Scannell and Conor Murray start with Crowley named at full-back for the first time as Shane Daly moves to the wing.
Captain Jack O’Donoghue, Diarmuid Barron, Keynan Knox, Tom Ahern and John Hodnett all come into the forward pack.
Ahern, Barron, Crowley, Hodnett and Scannell all make their first starts of the season.
James French is among the replacements and in line to make his second senior appearance for Munster. Greencore Munster Rugby Academy duo Ruadhan Quinn and Patrick Campbell are also named in the replacements.
Shane Daly and Liam Coombes start on either flank with Jack Crowley at full-back.
Rory Scannell starts at inside centre as Dan Goggin moves to outside centre with Conor Murray and Joey Carbery in the half-backs.
Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron and Keynan Knox pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tom Ahern in the engine room.
Jack O’Donoghue captains the side from the back row with Hodnett and Gavin Coombes completing the side.
In player news, Peter O’Mahony didn’t come through training this week due to a neck complaint but will join the Ireland squad next week.
Munster: Jack Crowley; Shane Daly, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Liam Coombes; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Jeremy Loughman, Diarmuid Barron, Keynan Knox; Jean Kleyn, Tom Ahern; Jack O’Donoghue (C), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Scott Buckley, Dave Kilcoyne, James French, Jack O’Sullivan, Ruadhan Quinn, Paddy Patterson, Ben Healy, Patrick Campbell.
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