Monday 24 July 2017

Munster debut for Nash

Edinburgh will be awash with the Six Nations buzz this weekend, but away from the bright lights of Murrayfield Munster will be looking to reclaim their place at the top of the Pro12.

Munster haven't been beaten in the league since October and, although Rassie Erasmus has been forced to make 11 changes from the side that beat Racing 92, he names a team that looks strong enough to get a result against Edinburgh this evening (7.35).

Highly-rated wing Calvin Nash had been due to start for the Ireland U-20s tonight but was recalled by Erasmus and makes his professional debut.

Having joined Connacht on loan just a few weeks ago, there is a surprise recall for loosehead Peter McCabe who makes his first start for his home province.

There is plenty of experience on the bench should Munster need it, but Erasmus will be hopeful of not having to rely on his returning internationals.

Verdict: Munster

Edinburgh - B Kinghorn; D Hoyland, C Dean, P Burleigh, T Brown; J Tovey, S Kennedy; J Cosgrove, N Cochrane (capt), M McCallum; F McKenzie, B Toolis; M Bradbury, J Hardie, C Du Preez. Reps: S McNally, D Appiah, N Beavon, L Carmichael, B Mata, S Hidalgo-Clyne, M Allan, R Scholes.

Munster - J Taute; C Nash, F Saili, D Goggin, R O'Mahony, T Bleyendaal (capt), D Williams; P McCabe, R Marshall, S Archer; J Kleyn, D Foley; D O'Callaghan, C Oliver, J O'Donoghue. Reps: K O'Byrne, D Kilcoyne, B Scott, D O'Shea, B Holland, T O'Donnell, A Lloyd, R Scannell.

REF - B Whitehouse (WRU)

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