Head Coach Anthony Foley has named his side to face Benetton Treviso at Irish Independent Park tomorrow afternoon (ko 3.05pm), with Donnacha Ryan set to make his first start since returning from injury and Tommy O’Donnell in line to win his 100th cap for the province.
Foley makes just three changes to the side that defeated Edinburgh at Murrayfield almost a fortnight ago.
Two changes to the pack sees Stephen Archer start in the front row, alongside Dave Kilcoyne and Duncan Casey, with Donnacha Ryan coming in to partner Munster Player of the Year nominee Billy Holland in the second row. Since his return from a foot injury in March, Ryan has featured twice from the bench in the PRO12 and completed his first 80 minutes when lining out for Munster ‘A’ against the Ulster Ravens last week.
Once again Peter O’Mahony joins Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander in the back row with O’Donnell set to win his 100th cap in the red of Munster. The Tipperary native and Stander are also in the running for Munster Player of the Year.
The inclusion of academy player Rory Scannell is the final change to the starting line-up, in a backline that sees Conor Murray and Ian Keatley remain at half-back, Scannell joins Andrew Smith in the midfield while Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Felix Jones all continue in the back three.
Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Eusebio Guinazu, John Ryan, BJ Botha, Donncha O’Callaghan, Dave O’Callaghan, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Ronan O’Mahony.