Saturday 18 November 2017

Zebo, Jones and O'Donnell back for Munster while Marmion returns for Connacht

Simon Zebo and Felix Jones return to the Munster team
Simon Zebo and Felix Jones return to the Munster team
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Anthony Foley welcomes back internationals Simon Zebo, Felix Jones and Tommy O'Donnell while Connacht coach Pat Lam has made four personnel changes for the inter-pro at Thomond Park.

Round 18 of the Guinness PRO12 at Thomond Park tomorrow (5.15pm) sees the clash of the two Irish sides and Foley makes five changes to the starting line-up that lost to Ospreys in the last round of the competition.

Two changes in the front row see John Ryan and Stephen Archer come in to start on either side of Eusebio Guinazu, with Donncha O'Callaghan and Billy Holland remaining in situ in the second row.

The return of Tommy O'Donnell at openside is the only change to the back row with Dave O'Callaghan and CJ Stander continuing at 6 and 8 respectively.

Duncan Williams and Ian Keatley again team up in the half-backs, while Andrew Smith makes his first start since returning from injury, doing so outside captain Denis Hurley in the midfield.

The return of Smith sees Keith Earls move to the right wing with Simon Zebo returning to the opposite flank. 

Felix Jones completes the back-three, reverting to full-back for this weekend's clash.

Lam has made four personnel changes to his team with Tiernan O’Halloran moving to fullback to accommodate the introduction of Darragh Leader on the right wing, while there is a renewed halfback pairing in the shape of Kieran Marmion and Jack Carty.

Eoghan Masterson is named at openside flanker, joining up with captain John Muldoon and number eight George Naoupu.

Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley – capt., Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu, Stephen Archer; Donncha O'Callaghan, Billy Holland; Dave O'Callaghan, Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

Connacht: Tiernan O’Halloran; Darragh Leader, Danie Poolman, Craig Ronaldson, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion; Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Rodney Ah You, Mick Kearney, Aly Muldowney; John Muldoon (captain), Eoghan Masterson George Naoupu

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