MUNSTER coach Rob Penney is walking a tightrope down south.
He has to keep Ronan O'Gara and Ian Keatley on side as they jostle for the primary role at 10, knowing that, sooner or later, JJ Hanrahan could jump the queue. The former Rockwell College schoolboy has moved between 10 and 12 in his international career. He is a truly outstanding prospect, blessed with a natural footballer's brain. For the moment, Hanrahan will have to bide his time, starting on the shoulder of Keatley and inside Casey Laulala at inside centre.
Penney's embrace of the young and fearless sees Luke O'Dea and Simon Zebo as an exciting wing pair in front of the repaired Felix Jones. Peter O'Mahony will man the openside in a nod to Declan Kidney's wishes to see him there.
Tight-head Stephen Archer could also force Kidney's hand as he starts in the front row with Irish squad member Dave Kilcoyne. The Italians will not start any of their five internationals, therefore, don't expect a shock.
MUNSTER v ZEBRE
THOMOND PARK, TONIGHT, 7.45 (live TG4)
Munster: F Jones; L O'Dea, C Laulala, JJ Hanrahan, S Zebo; I Keatley, D Williams; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, S Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, D Ryan, Dave O'Callaghan, P O'Mahony (capt), P Butler.
Zebre: R Trevisan; D Odiete, G Garcia (capt), D Halangahu, M Pratichetti; A Chiesa, L Martinelli; S Perugini, A Manici, L Redolfini, E Caffini, J Sole, F Ferrarini, F Cristiano, A Van Schalkwyk.