Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan has named an extended 30-man squad for tomorrow’s clash against London Irish at Irish Independent Park in the Kearys Renault Series 2018 (7.30pm).
Ireland international Tommy O’Donnell will captain Munster for the first time since leading the province to a win over the Maori All Blacks in November 2016.
Stephen Fitzgerald starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam on the flanks.
Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin team up in the centres with James Hart and JJ Hanrahan providing the half-back pairing.
Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne and Brian Scott make up the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Darren O’Shea in the engine room.
Dave O’Callaghan, O’Donnell and Greencore Munster Rugby Academy player Gavin Coombes form the back row.
Tipperary prop Cronan Gleeson, who has trained with the squad during pre-season, is among the front row replacements alongside Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry and Ciaran Parker.
Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn and Academy players Sean O’Connor and Jack Daly complete the forward cover.
New signings Neil Cronin and Mike Haley are among the backline replacements along with Ian Keatley and Academy trio Jack Stafford, Alex McHenry and Liam Coombes.
Cronan Gleeson, Jack Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes and Mike Haley are set to make their first senior appearances for Munster in the clash.
The game will see Munster play on the new modified 3G pitch at Irish Independent Park for the first time with the surface installed by Tralee-based company PST Sport over the summer.
The bedding-in process of the new pitch is now underway with two games to be played at the venue in the Kearys Renault Series 2018 over the next eight days.
Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, James Hart; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell (C), Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Cronan Gleeson, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn, Sean O’Connor, Jack Daly, Neil Cronin, Jack Stafford, Ian Keatley, Shane Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes, Mike Haley.
2018 Kearys Renault Series Fixtures
Friday, August 17
Munster v London Irish, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm;
Friday, August 24
Munster v Exeter Chiefs, Irish Independent Park, 7.30pm;
Buy tickets online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices in Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103.
2 Match Packs
Adult: €25 (admission to both games)
Junior: €8 (admission to both games)
Family – 2 adults and 2 juniors: €50 (admission to both games)
Individual Game Tickets
Family – 2 adults and 2 juniors: €30