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Munster Make Four Changes For Glasgow Game

Munster Make Four Changes For Glasgow Game

Munster head coach Rob Penney has named Damien Varley as captain for Friday’s RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm).

Hooker Damien Varley retains the captaincy in a team that sees four changes to the side that started against Ulster last weekend.

Following the birth of his baby daughter, BJ Botha returns at tighthead prop to join Varley and David Kilcoyne in the front row.

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David Foley and Paul O’Connell remain in situ in the second row, as do Sean Dougall and James Coughlan in the back row with CJ Stander the only change at blindside flanker.

Conor Murray returns to the starting line-up to partner Ian Keatley at half-back, while Casey Laulala will earn his 50th cap for Munster when he lines out alongside James Downey in the centre.

The back-three sees winger Keith Earls make his first start since Munster’s Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Toulon, with Simon Zebo on the opposite wing and Felix Jones retains his place at full-back.

A speedy and successful rehab has meant that Andrew Conway returns to the matchday squad after sustaining a sprained toe against Edinburgh.

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MUNSTER (v Glasgow Warriors): Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; David Kilcoyne, Damien Varley (capt), BJ Botha, David Foley, Paul O’Connell, CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, James Coughlan.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, James Cronin, John Ryan, Donncha O’Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Andrew Conway.