The other talking point is the omission of Mick Galwey entirely from the Munster squad for the first time since Munster played their first game in the competition in 1995.
Alan Gaffney has yet to finalise his bench with James Blaney (bronchial) and Denis Leamy (thigh) both needing to be pased fit before finalising his replacements.
. Munster. Jeremy Staunton; Anthony Horgan, Mike Mullins, Jason Holland, Mossie Lawlor; Ronan O'Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frank Sheahan, John Hayes; Paul O'Connell, Donncha O'Callaghan; Jim Williams (capt), Alan Quinlan, Anthony Foley.
Replacements: James Blaney/John Fogarty, Simon Kerr, Mick O'Driscoll, Eddie Halvey/Denis Leamy, Mike Prendergast, Killian Keane, Colm McMahon.