The Munster side has been named by Head Coach Johann van Graan for Friday night’s Champions Cup clash against Gloucester at Kingsholm (7.45pm, live on BT Sport).
Peter O’Mahony captains Munster with six changes to the side that defeated Connacht last weekend.
Chris Farrell keeps his place after receiving positive news on a knee scan this week.
Mike Haley, Rory Scannell, Conor Murray, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer and CJ Stander all come into the side.
Haley starts at full-back with Andrew Conway and Keith Earls on the wings.
Scannell and Farrell form the centre partnership with Murray and Joey Carbery in the half-backs.
Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and Archer pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.
O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and Stander make up the Munster back row.
Rhys Marshall returns from injury and is named among the replacements with the hooker set to make his first appearance since October’s clash against Gloucester.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Peter O’Mahony (C), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Dan Goggin.
Find out all you need to know ahead of the game here.
Check out the best training pics from this week here.
Read the latest Squad Update here.
Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan, captain Peter O’Mahony and full-back Mike Haley all spoke to the media this week, hear the thoughts of the trio ahead of Friday night’s game below.
Referee: Romain Poite
Assistant Referees: Cyril Lafon & Stephane Boyer
TMO: Denis Grenouillet
Next Home Game
For the second time this season Thomond Park has sold out two weeks in advance of a fixture, with Munster’s Round 6 Champions Cup clash against Exeter Chiefs set for a capacity crowd of 26,267 on Saturday, January 19 (5.30pm).
See full details here.
6 Nations Rugby In Cork
Six Nations rugby comes to Cork for the first time in the coming months as the Ireland U20s host England and France at Irish Independent Park.
Friday, February 1, 2019
Ireland U20s v England U20s, Irish Independent Park, 7.15pm; Buy tickets here
Friday, March 8, 2019
Ireland U20s v France U20s, Irish Independent Park, 7.15pm; Buy tickets here