Guinness PRO14 rugby returns and Rassie Erasmus has named his side to face Connacht at the Sportsground on Friday night with three changes made to the side that defeated Racing 92 in the Champions Cup.
In the front five John Ryan and Mark Flanagan are promoted from the bench this week, with Ryan joining Dave Kilcoyne and Rhys Marshall in the front row as Flanagan links up with his second row partner Billy Holland once again. Holland has started every game this season, playing the full 80 in each game, bar a 10 minute sin binning period against Glasgow.
The international back row trio of captain Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander complete the pack.
The half-back pairing of Conor Murray and Ian Keatley continue as they were and the only change to the backline is a straight swop as Andrew Conway takes the place of Darren Sweetnam to start on the wing, joining Keith Earls and Simon Zebo in the back three.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls, Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Mark Flanagan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Sean McCarthy, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Darren Sweetnam.