Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his 23 for the St. Stephen’s Day clash against Leinster in Thomond Park and makes eight changes to the starting XV that lined out against Glasgow Warriors last Saturday.
The returning trio of Duncan Casey, CJ Stander and Tommy O’Donnell all start this week with Casey joining John Ryan and Stephen Archer in the front row.
Munster's most capped player Donncha O’Callaghan is promoted from the bench this week and starts next to Billy Holland while in the backrow Robin Copeland retains his place at 8 with Stander and O’Donnell coming in at 6 and 7.
Duncan Williams and Ian Keatley renew their half-back pairing as Hurley, Howard and Conway stay as they were with Ronan O’Mahony coming in on the wing, and Felix Jones at fullback as he captains the side for the third time.
In the replacements Garryowen scrum-half Neil Cronin is included in his second PRO12 match-day squad and is in line to make his debut if sprung from the bench.
Those not available for selection this week through the national player management programme included Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray and Simon Zebo.
Munster: Felix Jones Capt.; Andrew Conway, Pat Howard, Denis Hurley, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland, CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha, Dave O’Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Neil Cronin, JJ Hanrahan, Johne Murphy.
Please note this game is sold-out, with no tickets available to purchase on match-day.