Tuesday 27 September 2016

Rassie Erasmus names his first Munster starting team for Scarlets clash

Published 02/09/2016 | 12:24

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and head coach Anthony Foley during training Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus and head coach Anthony Foley during training Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has named his first starting 15, making just one change from the team who beat Worcester Warriors in a friendly last week.

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Dave Foley comes in in the second row while Dan Goggin from the Munster academy retains the number 13 jersey.

James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan make up the front row with Foley coming in to partner captain Billy Holland in the second row. As you were in the back row with Dave O'Callaghan, Tommy O'Donnell and Jack O'Donoghue all remaining in situ.

Duncan Williams starts at scrum half and joins Tyler Bleyendaal in the half backs. The New Zealander will make his first PRO12 appearance since December.

Having spent two years together in the Greencore Munster Academy, Goggin will be well acquainted with his midfield partner Rory Scannell, while Ronan O'Mahony, Darren Sweetnam and full-back Simon Zebo again make up the back three.

In total, 14 of tomorrow's starting team are products of the Munster development pathway.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Billy Holland - capt.; Dave O'Callaghan

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