12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Ronan O'Gara will provide back-up amongst the replacements alongside his Grand Slam colleagues Tomas O'Leary, Marcus Horan and David Wallace.
Ian Dowling and Doug Howlett have retained their places in the back-line but Barry Murphy teams up with fellow Limerick man Keith Earls in the centre while Denis Hurley takes up position at full-back.
MUNSTER (v Connacht): Denis Hurley; Doug Howlett, Barry Murphy, Keith Earls, Ian Dowling; Paul Warwick, Peter Stringer; Federico Pucciariello, Denis Fogarty, Tony Buckley, Mick O'Driscoll (capt), Donnacha Ryan, Nick Williams, Niall Ronan, Denis Leamy.
Replacements: Michael Essex, Marcus Horan, Billy Holland, David Wallace, Tomas O'Leary, Ronan O'Gara, Lifeimi Mafi.