Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has rung the changes for Saturday’s GUINNESS PRO12 round 19 clash with Glasgow Warriors at Irish Independent Park (kick-off 7.35pm).
There are ten changes to the side that defeated Toulouse in the Champions Cup last week, with the province also including no less than six Ireland internationals on a strong bench.
James Cronin, who makes his 80th appearance in red, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer make up a new front row, with Dave O’Callaghan coming in to join captain Billy Holland in the second row.
Jean Deysel will make his first appearance for the province having been named in a new-look back row. The South African is joined by number 8 Jack O’Donoghue and the Academy’s Conor Oliver whose rich form in the Munster ‘A’ jersey sees him start at openside flanker.
Duncan Williams and current PRO12 Golden Boot leader, Tyler Bleyendaal, continue at half-back, while in midfield, the return of Francis Saili sees him start alongside Jaco Taute for the first time.
In completing the changes, the Championship’s top try scorer to date, Ronan O’Mahony, and full-back Andrew Conway both rejoin Darren Sweetnam in the back-three. Should he appear off the bench, Rory Scannell will win his 50th Munster cap.
Supporters are advised to buy tickets online ahead of Saturday’s encounter with less than 300 tickets now remaining. Prices – €;20 (adults), €;7 (juniors), €;7 (students) and €;40 (family tickets).
Purchase tickets online here, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 061 421103.
MUNSTER (v Glasgow Warriors): Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Jaco Taute, Ronan O’Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Billy Holland (capt), Jean Deysel, Conor Oliver, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Donnacha Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Angus Lloyd, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo.