Wednesday 21 February 2018

Donnacha Ryan makes eagerly awaited return for Munster

Donnacha Ryan
Donnacha Ryan

Donnacha Ryan looks set for his first appearance of the season after being named on the bench for Munster's clash with the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

Anthony Foley makes three changes from the side that defeated the Glasgow Warriors at Irish Independent Park last weekend.

In the tight five, Dave Kilcoyne comes into the starting front row at loosehead alongside Eusebio Guinazu and BJ Botha, while Donncha O'Callaghan and Billy Holland form the second row partnership for the fourth successive game.

The back row sees Dave O'Callaghan return at 6 with Sean Dougall and CJ Stander continuing at 7 and 8 respectively.

There are no changes in the half backs and midfield with Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, captain Denis Hurley and Keith Earls all retaining their starting positions.

With JJ Hanrahan remaining in situ at full-back, Felix Jones comes into the back three on the right wing alongside Ronan O'Mahony on the opposite flank.

Following the successful rehabilitation of a right foot injury sustained against Benetton Treviso in March of last year, the bench sees the welcome inclusion of Donnacha Ryan in a matchday 23 for the first time this season.

Munster: (15-9) JJ Hanrahan; Felix Jones, Keith Earls, Denis Hurley – capt., Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; (1-8) Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha; Donncha O'Callaghan, Billy Holland, Dave O'Callaghan, Sean Dougall, CJ Stander.

Replacements: (16-23) Kevin O'Byrne, John Ryan, Stephen Archer, Donnacha Ryan, Jack O'Donoghue, Neil Cronin, Andrew Smith, Andrew Conway.

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