In naming his side for Sunday’s round 10 PRO12 encounter against Leinster (5.15pm) Head Coach Anthony Foley makes four changes to the starting XV that lined out against Leicester last Sunday, and the squad has been further boosted by the return of Tommy O’Donnell who is included in the replacements.
After sustaining a traumatic injury in the form of a hip dislocation in Ireland’s World Cup warm-up game against Wales in August Tommy O’Donnell makes an earlier than expected return to the match-day squad this weekend thanks to the efforts of Munster’s medical and fitness staff, and the player’s exceptional commitment to his rehabilitation programme.
After successfully completing his return to play protocols for concussion BJ Botha also returns this week and starts next to Mike Sherry and James Cronin in the front row, while Donnacha Ryan is back in the second row after last week’s late withdrawal due to illness, joining fellow Tipperary-lock Dave Foley.
The final change in the forwards sees Jack O’Donoghue introduced at openside with Robin Copeland and Captain CJ Stander as they were.
There is only one change to the backline with Tyler Bleyendaal making his second start at 10, and the New Zealander joins Conor Murray in the halfbacks.
The mid-field pairing of Denis Hurley and Francis Saili, and back three of Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway all remain in situ.
On the injury front Dave O’Callaghan met with the specialist yesterday for an adductor injury and it has been confirmed that the backrow will be side-lined for approximately six weeks.
Munster: Andrew Conway; Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Mike Sherry, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Donnacha Ryan; Robin Copeland, Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander Capt.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, Tomás O’Leary, Rory Scannell, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.
With over 22000 tickets sold at this stage, tickets are available to buy online here.
Tickets will also be available to purchase from the stadium on match-day, from midday at the Ticketmaster van in the Fan Zone Plaza, and from 3.15pm at the West Stand Ticket Booth.
Ticket prices start from €;20 for Adults, €;60 for Families or €;10 for Students and Juniors.
The Charity Match
This match is Munster's annual Charity Match – with Munster supporting its official charities for the season –Children's Medical & Research Foundation Crumlin, and HEADWAY. One euro from every match programme sold will be donated to the charities, so your support is greatly welcome. The charities will also be presented with signed Munster jerseys at half time by members of the squad.