Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus makes four changes to tomorrow night’s historic encounter with the Maori All Blacks at Thomond Park with Tommy O’Donnell to captain Munster for the first time.
Three players are in line to make their Munster debuts. Short-term signing Te Aihe Toma is included on the bench as are the academy’s Sean O’Connor and John Foley. O’Connor was part of the Ireland side that defeated New Zealand at this year’s World Rugby U20 Championship.
Conor Oliver, Brian Scott and Dan Goggin are also included in the matchday squad completing a strong academy representation of five players.
Three changes are seen in the pack. James Cronin comes back into the front row with John Madigan making his first start of the season in forming a new second row partnership alongside Darren O'Shea. Oliver returns with captain O’Donnell and Robin Copeland making positional switches to form a new look back row. O’Donnell starts at blindside for the first time since February 2014.
The last change comes at half back where Ian Keatley comes in to partner Duncan Williams.
It's as you were across the midfield and back three. Returning from Ireland camp and again named again on the right wing, Darren Sweetnam is the only player to start everygame this season and makes his tenth consecutive start.
23 clubs and schools from across the province will be represented on the pitch tomorrow night having won the #MunsterRising Socks competition, in association with Life Style Sports. Along with seeing their colours on the big stage, winning entrants have the opportunity to lay their club or school socks out for their assigned player in the Munster dressing room before kick-off. (See confirmed clubs and schools below)
Munster XV: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; John Madigan, Darren O’Shea; Tommy O’Donnell – capt., Conor Oliver, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Peter McCabe, Brian Scott, Sean O’Connor, John Foley, Te Aihe Toma, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton.
Munster v Maori All Blacks, Friday November 11th at Thomond Park, ko 7.30pm.
Please note this game is sold out.
This game will be televised on Eir Sport.
|1||James Cronin||Highfield RFC|
|2||Niall Scannell||Presentation Brothers College (PBC)|
|3||Stephen Archer||Clonakilty RFC|
|4||John Madigan||Richmond RFC|
|5||Darren O'Shea||Killorglin RFC|
|6||Tommy O'Donnell©||Thurles RFC|
|7||Conor Oliver||Waterpark RFC|
|8||Robin Copeland||Young Munster RFC|
|9||Duncan Williams||St. Senan's RFC|
|10||Ian Keatley||Thomond RFC|
|11||Ronan O'Mahony||Castletroy College|
|12||Rory Scannell||Muskerry RFC|
|13||Jaco Taute||Ardscoil Rís|
|14||Darren Sweetnam||Bandon Grammar School|
|15||Andrew Conway||Abbeyfeale RFC|
|16||Rhys Marshall||Glenstal Abbey School|
|17||Peter McCabe||Nenagh Ormond RFC|
|18||Brian Scott||Bandon RFC|
|19||Sean O'Connor||Rockwell College|
|20||John Foley||Shannon RFC|
|21||Te Aihe Toma||Crescent College Comprehensive|
|22||Dan Goggin||St. Munchin's College|
|23||Alex Wootton||Garryowen FC|