Paul O'Connell to make seasonal bow from the bench this weekend
Paul O'Connell will make his opening appearance in munster Rabodirect Pro12 clash with the Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave Park but it will be from the bench.
The giant lock is included among the replacements for Saturday evening's game alongside Felix Jones who returns from a shoulder injury.
Following a promising first outing in the league against Edinburgh James Cronin has been selected to start at loosehead prop alongside Damien Varley and John Ryan in the front row.
Keith Earls shifts in from the wing to start in the number 13 jersey in a new centre partnership with Ivan Dineen.
Munster team to face the Newport Gwent Dragons: (15-9) Johne Murphy; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Ivan Dineen, Simon Zebo; JJ Hanrahan, Cathal Sheridan; (1-8) James Cronin, Damien Varley, John Ryan; Donncha O’Callaghan, Dave Foley; Peter O’Mahony (C), Sean Dougall, Paddy Butler.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, David Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Paul O’Connell, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Felix Jones.