Conor Murray, Donnacha Ryan, Francis Saili and Mike Sherry have all come through this week’s preparations in time to be included in Munster’s squad to take on Leicester Tigers on Saturday in Thomond Park, ko 7.45pm.
Head Coach Anthony Foley makes nine changes to the side that started against Newport Gwent Dragons last Sunday.
In the front row James Cronin and BJ Botha return to scrum down on either side of hooker Niall Scannell who makes his first European appearance this weekend.
The returning Donnacha Ryan joins Dave Foley in the second row while Robin Copeland and CJ Stander are named alongside Dave O’Callaghan in the back row.
Named at blindside, this will be Copeland’s first Champions Cup start for the province, while Stander returns to captain the side from number 8.
A changed half-back pairing sees Conor Murray and Ian Keatley renew their partnership after Murray successfully rehabbed a bruised bone he sustained during the round one encounter against Treviso.
The further changes to the backline see Francis Saili, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway all named. Francis Saili starts with Denis Hurley in midfield while Simon Zebo is joined by Keith Earls and Andrew Conway in the back three.
Mike Sherry is included in the replacements after rehabbing a knee injury he sustained in the opening round against Treviso while Tyler Bleyendaal is in line to make his European debut if sprung from the bench.
Munster: Andrew Conway; Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Donnacha Ryan; Robin Copeland, Dave O’Callaghan, CJ Stander Capt.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Mark Chisholm, Jack O’Donoghue, Tomás O’Leary, Tyler Bleyendaal, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.
1,000,000th European Cup Supporter!
Thomond Park will welcome its one millionth European Cup supporter through the turnstiles at this Saturday's game, 20 years after hosting Munster's first European game against Swansea in November 1995. In marking the occasion the Munster Rugby Ticket Office and Thomond Park will be identifying the one millionth supporter through the turnstiles on Saturday night and the lucky fan will win a pair of tickets to all of Munster's home games for the next five seasons. The selected prize-winner will also receive upgraded tickets for Saturday's game and will receive their prize on the pitch at half-time.
Tickets are available to buy from the ticket offices in Thomond Park and Irish Independent Park, online here or by calling 0818 719300. Ticket prices start from €;20 for Adults, €;60 for Families or €;10 for Students.