Tuesday 27 June 2017

Donnacha Ryan to make first Munster start in 13 months against Treviso

Donnacha Ryan
Donnacha Ryan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Munster second row Donnacha Ryan will make his first appearance for Munster since march 2014 after he was named in the team to face Treviso Irish Independent Park tomorrow.

Head coach Anthony Foley made three changes to the side that defeated Edinburgh at Murrayfield almost a fortnight ago.

Two changes to the pack see Stephen Archer start in the front row, alongside Dave Kilcoyne and Duncan Casey, with Ryan coming in to partner Billy Holland in the second row. Since his return from a foot injury in March, Ryan has featured twice from the bench in the PRO12 and completed his first 80 minutes when lining out for Munster 'A' against the Ulster Ravens last week.

Peter O'Mahony joins Tommy O'Donnell and CJ Stander in the back row with O'Donnell set to win his 100th cap in the red of Munster.

The inclusion of Academy player Rory Scannell is the final change to the starting line-up, in a backline that sees Conor Murray and Ian Keatley remain at half-back, Scannell joins Andrew Smith in the midfield while Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Felix Jones all continue in the back three.

Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Billy Holland, Donnacha Ryan; Peter O'Mahony - capt., Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

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