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Munster name Simon Zebo at full-back in strong-looking Munster team

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Simon Zebo's upbeat, positive nature will help him through the lonely moments in the gym

Simon Zebo's upbeat, positive nature will help him through the lonely moments in the gym

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Simon Zebo's upbeat, positive nature will help him through the lonely moments in the gym

James Coughlan will captain a strong Munster side in tomorrow's RaboDirect PRO12 clash against Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park (ko 7:15pm).

There are nine changes to the team that beat Edinburgh three weeks ago with two players making their Thomond Park debuts.

South African flier Gerhard van den Heever and back row forward Barry O'Mahony start their first games for Munster at the famous Limerick venue.

Simon Zebo comes in at full-back for his first start since injuring his foot in October with Johne Murphy keeping his place on the left flank.

Denis Hurley comes back into the side to partner Casey Laulala in the centres with Duncan Williams and JJ Hanrahan returning to form the half-back combination.

Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey and Stephen Archer make up the front row with Donncha O'Callaghan and Dave Foley in the second-row. Barry O'Mahony is joined in the back row by CJ Stander and captain James Coughlan to complete the starting XV.

Munster: Simon Zebo, Gerhard van den Heever, Casey Laulala, Denis Hurley, Johne Murphy; JJ Hanrahan, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Duncan Casey, Stephen Archer; Donncha O'Callaghan, Dave Foley; CJ Stander, Barry O'Mahony, James Coughlan (Capt.).

Replacements: Ger Slattery, James Cronin, John Ryan, Billy Holland, Sean Dougall, Cathal Sheridan, Ian Keatley, Andrew Conway.

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