Munster side named for Toyota Cheetahs clash

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Billy Holland PHOTO: RTE.IE

Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus makes just one change to the side that defeated Benetton Rugby for tomorrow evening’s Guinness PRO14 clash with Cheetahs at Thomond Park

That change sees Ian Keatley come in for Tyler Bleyendaal at out half with second row Billy Holland taking charge as captain this weekend. Following strong showings in round one, the Greencore Munster Academy duo of loosehead Liam O’Connor and blindside Sean O’Connor retain their starting positions.

In naming a strong bench, Erasmus includes no less than five returning internationals with Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo all likely to see their first action of the new season.

Fullback Andrew Conway will make his 100th Guinness PRO14 appearance, as will Kilcoyne should he appear off the bench.

Munster – 15 Andrew Conway, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Duncan Williams, 8 Liam O’Connor, 7 Rhys Marshall, 6 Stephen Archer, 5 Jean Kleyn, 4 Billy Holland (captain) 3 Sean O’Connor, 2 Tommy O’Donnell, 1 Jack O’Donoghue.

Replacements – 16 Niall Scannell, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 John Ryan, 19 Fineen Wycherley, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 James Hart, 22 Rory Scannell, 23 Simon Zebo.