Monday 26 September 2016

Munster make just two changes for the trip to Treviso

Published 22/01/2016 | 12:51

Munster's Keith Earls, left, and Conor Murray in action during squad training. University of Limerick, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Munster's Keith Earls, left, and Conor Murray in action during squad training. University of Limerick, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has made two changes to his team from the side that beat Stade Francais at Thomond Park last weekend for the trip to Treviso on Sunday (kick-off 1pm Irish time).

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There is nothing at stake for either team with both having been eliminated earlier in the competition.

For Munster's 150th European Cup game the Ryan duo of John and Donnacha are introduced in the pack with John named at tight-head after it was confirmed earlier today the prop will remain with the province until at least June 2019.

Munster's seven representatives that were included in Ireland's 6 Nations squad earlier this week are all named with the welcome return of James Cronin in the match-day 23 after rehabbing an ankle ligament injury sustained against Leinster in December.

The other change to the front five sees Mark Chisholm makes way for Donnacha Ryan this week with the Ireland international joining fellow Tipperary-lock Dave Foley in the second row.

The backrow of Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell and Captain CJ Stander remains in situ.

With no changes in the back-line Conor Murray and Ian Keatley link up once again in the half-backs with the Rory Scannell and Francis Saili pairing in midfield and a back three of Ronan O'Mahony, Keith Earls and Simon Zebo.

The Munster fullback went on to share the honours of Munster's leading try scorer last weekend, equalling Anthony Horgan's tally of 41 tries.

Munster: (15-9) Simon Zebo, Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; (1-8) Dave Kilcoye, Mike Sherry, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Donnacha Ryan; Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander Capt.

Replacements: (16-23) Niall Scannell, James Cronin, Mario Sagario, Mark Chisholm, Robin Copeland, Jack O'Donoghue, Tomás O'Leary, Gerhard van den Heever.

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