Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has made six changes for Friday’s GUINNESS PRO12 encounter with Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium (kick-off 7.35pm). Peter O’Mahony returns to captain the province with his back row colleague Tommy O’Donnell set for his 100th PRO12 appearance.
A Tipperary native and a product of the Greencore Munster Academy, Tommy O’Donnell’s Championship debut saw him introduced from the bench against the Scarlets in September 2007.
There are four personnel changes in the pack for the new PRO12 leaders. Niall Scannell returns at hooker, Jean Kleyn and Billy Holland start together in the second row and Peter O’Mahony comes back in at blindside flanker. The Munster captain’s return sees Jack O’Donoghue make the positional switch to number 8.
The final two personnel changes are at half-back and in midfield with Ian Keatley and Rory Scannell starting at out half and inside centre respectively. Consequently, Jaco Taute reverts to the outside centre position.
Named among the replacements, Donnacha Ryan is another player to make his return from international action, while scrum half Te Aihe Toma could make his competitive debut for the province.
MUNSTER (v Glasgow Warriors): Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Bill Holland; Peter O’Mahony (capt), Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Thomas du Toit, Stephen Archer, Donnacha Ryan, Robin Copeland, Te Aihe Toma, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton.