Munster Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side for tomorrow’s Guinness PRO12 encounter away to Zebre at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi – KO 3pm (2pm Irish). Eight changes are made to the side that defeated Treviso last weekend with Darren Sweetnam set to make his first competitive start.
Five of those changes are seen in the pack. Following his inclusion in the Ireland 6 Nations squad, James Cronin has been made available to the province this weekend and returns to the starting line-up at loosehead, as does Niall Scannell at hooker, with John Ryan remaining at tighthead.
Mark Chisholm resumes his partnership with Dave Foley in the second row, while in the back row Jack O’Donoghue and Robin Copeland come in to join Billy Holland who makes his third consecutive start at blindside. Having just signed a new two-year deal with the province, Holland will also captain the side this weekend.
The first of three changes across the backline comes at scrum-half with Tomás O’Leary partnering Ian Keatley in the half-backs. Elsewhere, Andrew Conway has recovered from a hip-pointer to start at full-back and following a run of strong performances for Munster A in this season’s British and Irish Cup, Darren Sweetnam will make his first PRO12 start on the right wing.
No change on the opposite flank with last weekend’s man of the match Ronan O’Mahony staying put, and Rory Scannell and Francis Saili again take charge of the midfield.
Dave O’Callaghan makes a return to the matchday squad amongst the replacements after successfully rehabbing an adductor injury.
Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Tomás O’Leary; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Mark Chisholm; Billy Holland – capt., Jack O’Donoghue, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Mario Sagario, Dave O’Callaghan, Shane Buckley, Duncan Williams, Cian Bohane, Gerhard van den Heever.
Zebre v Munster, Guinness PRO12 Round 13, Saturday January 30th at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi – KO 3pm (2pm Irish).
This game will be televised on TG4.
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