10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
Connacht coach Steph Nel has reshuffled his side somewhat with Shane Moore brought in to partner Darren Yapp in the centre and Gavin Duffy on the wing, Mark McHugh at full-back.
Paul O'Connell returns to the Munster second row after recovering from surgery. That means Mick O'Driscoll drops to the bench while Killian Keane is at full back and Colm McMahon is on the right wing.
Munster. Killian Keane; Colm McMahon, Mike Mullins, Jason Holland, Mossie Lawler; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frank Sheahan, John Hayes; Paul O'Connell, Donncha O'Callaghan; Jim Williams,(capt) Alan Quinlan, Anthony Foley.
Connacht: Mark McHugh; Gavin Duffy, Darren Yapp, Shane Moore (capt.), Ted Robinson; Eric Elwood, Chris Keane; Ronan McCormack, Marnus Uijs, Peter Bracken; Damian Browne, Rowen Frost; Paul Neville, John O'Sullivan, John O'Connor. Replacements: F. Boiroux; Jerry Flannery; Michael Swift; Eric Peters; Eoin Reddan; James Norton; Wayne Munn.