Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his squad for the opening round of the Guinness PRO12 against Edinburgh Rugby in Thomond Park on Friday night, ko 7.35pm.
Ireland’s Simon Zebo makes a return to provincial action on Friday night and he is joined by Emerging Ireland duo Andrew Conway and Ian Keatley in the starting XV, while their touring colleagues Dave Foley and Tommy O’Donnell are named in the replacements.
In making their competitive Munster debuts in Thomond Park on Friday night hooker Kevin O’Byrne, back-row Shane Buckley and centre Andrew Smith all start.
Foley has made six changes to the side that lined out against London Irish in Waterford last week with BJ Botha returning to the front row while Shane Buckley takes the place of Robin Copeland at no. 8.
Johne Murphy, Andrew Smith and Ronan O’Mahony retain their places in the backline but make the positional switches with Smith and Murphy linking up in the centre partnership while O’Mahony moves to fullback.
In sustaining a knee injury against London Irish Cian Bohane underwent a scan during the week and has been ruled out of action for the immediate future, he will now meet with the specialist for further assessment.
Munster: Ronan O’Mahony; Andrew Conway, Johne Murphy, Andrew Smith, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Kevin O’Byrne, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan Capt., Billy Holland, CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, Shane Buckley. Replacements: Duncan Casey, Alan Cotter, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Tommy O’Donnell, Cathal Sheridan, Johnny Holland, Ivan Dineen.
Tickets are available for the game online here and from the Munster Rugby ticket offices in Musgrave Park and Thomond Park.
Tickets will be on sale on match-day from the Mobile Ticket Office in the new Fan Zone Plaza from 9am. Please note that the North and South Terraces will remain closed for this game.