Head Coach Anthony Foley has named Peter O’Mahony and Damien Varley in his 23-man squad to face Leinster for tomorrow night’s round 5 Guinness PRO12 encounter at the AVIVA, ko 6.30pm.
Foley has made a total of eight changes to the starting line-up that faced Ospreys last weekend in Thomond Park, and in the replacements there is a welcome return for Munster’s squad captain Peter O’Mahony and Damien Varley.
Having successfully rehabbed from a double shoulder procedure squad captain Peter O’Mahony returns to a match-day squad for the first time since the Heineken Cup quarter final against Toulouse in April. While hooker Damien Varley is also included after rehabbing an ongoing foot injury and he is in line to make his first appearance of the season.
In the front row James Cronin and Stephen Archer come in at loose-head and tight-head respectively, while Duncan Casey makes his fourth consecutive start at hooker.
Dave Foley also returns to the starting line-up and partners Paul O’Connell in the second row.
The back row sees CJ Stander make the positional switch to blindside this week and he is joined by Tommy O’Donnell on the opposite flank and number 8 Robin Copeland who features in his first PRO12 Interpo derby encounter.
In the half backs, Conor Murray and Ian Keatley remain in situ from last weekend while Denis Hurley resumes his centre partnership with Andrew Smith who is promoted from the bench.
Andrew Conway retains his place on the wing and he is joined by Simon Zebo and Captain Felix Jones in the back three.
Munster: Felix Jones (Capt.), Andrew Conway, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Paul O’Connell; CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Damien Varley, Dave Kilcoyne, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Gerhard van den Heever.