The Munster team to face Edinburgh in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter at Meggetland (kick-off 5pm) shows 11 changes to the side that started against Toulon last weekend.
After the Ospreys' defeat to Zebre last night Munster are now guaranteed a RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final place along with Leinster and Glasgow Warriors.
But Rob Penney's men will continue to battle for home advantage in the play-offs with the Edinburgh challenge up first this weekend.
A new-look front row sees James Cronin and John Ryan pack down either side of hooker Duncan Casey. Having featured last weekend against Toulon, Cronin makes his first start for the province since the Benetton Treviso game in March.
The familiar duo of Paul O'Connell and Donncha O'Callaghan combine in the second row, while Tommy O'Donnell and Paddy Butler return to the back row alongside blindside flanker CJ Stander.
Last time out in the league Butler impressed with a man-of-the-match performance against Connacht, securing the bonus point try at the Sportsground.
After an excellent rehab on a groin injury, JJ Hanrahan suffered no ill-effects from the last 20 minutes of the Heineken Cup semi-final in Marseille and starts alongside Conor Murray in the half-backs.
Denis Hurley and Johne Murphy, both of whom signed new contracts with Munster this week, form the centre partnership. Meanwhile, Simon Zebo switches to full-back with Andrew Conway and Gerhard van den Heever introduced on the wings.
The province take a strong bench to Scotland that includes five of last weekend's starting team, and Luke O'Dea is named in his first senior squad of the season after overcoming a string of injuries.
MUNSTER (v Edinburgh): Simon Zebo, Gerhard van den Heever, Johne Murphy, Denis Hurley, Andrew Conway; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Duncan Casey, John Ryan, Donncha O'Callaghan, Paul O'Connell (capt), CJ Stander, Tommy O'Donnell, Paddy Butler.
Replacements: Damien Varley, David Kilcoyne, Alan Cotter, David Foley, James Coughlan, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Luke O'Dea.
Leinster Rugby have this morning introduced their coaching team for the season ahead in the Tallaght Stadium, the venue for their upcoming Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly against Ulster on Saturday, 30th August.
Speaking during Connacht's training trip to Ballinrobe RFC, captain John Muldoon said: "It's great to see the jerseys and the people coming out to support us today. Long may it continue because we're not a Galway team, we're a Connacht team and that's what we want to push and that's why we come out on these days out."
Young hooker David Heffernan, who extended his current deal with Connacht in April, enjoyed a trip back to his native Mayo as Pat Lam's men held an open training session at Ballinrobe RFC earlier this week.
Rob Murphy caught up with Connacht head coach Pat Lam after their bonus point win at home to Benetton Treviso. The westerners have been in resurgent form of late, picking up three straight league victories and 14 points from a possible 15.
Connacht head coach Pat Lam was left to rue turnovers and poor defence after they went down 19-12 to Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12. He said the November international break 'couldn't come at a better time for us' as they look to come back 'refreshed' and with more players back fit from injury lay-offs.
Speaking to LTV, Leinster back rower Kevin McLaughlin reflects on the draw with the Ospreys last weekend and says that with a number of players returning to action, the province are looking to 'really up our performances and get some big results' in the coming weeks.
Gordon D'Arcy says he felt 'sharp and fresh' during Leinster's opening RaboDirect PRO12 win over the Scarlets. He also told LTV that there is always room for improvement as the province gear up to host the Ospreys this weekend.
Leinster ran in three tries in the closing stages of their RaboDirect PRO12 opener to seal a bonus point and an impressive 42-19 defeat of the Scarlets. Their new head coach Matt O'Connor spoke to LTV about the game, the impact of new signing Jimmy Gopperth and how the new scrums are working out.
Rob Murphy spoke to Connacht head coach Pat Lam who took a number of positives from their 25-16 RaboDirect PRO12 victory over Zebre, but he admitted they 'still have a bit to work on' ahead of this week's trip to the Cardiff Blues.
Irish Rugby TV spoke to former Ireland flanker Simon Easterby at the RaboDirect PRO12 launch in Belfast, as the Scarlets head coach prepares his squad to host defending champions Leinster in next Friday's opener.