James Hart handed first start as Munster name team to face Zebre
Scrum-half James Hart has been handed his first start for Munster in the province's trip to Parma to play Zebre on Sunday.
With first-choice scrum-half Conor Murray unavailable through international duty, and backup Duncan Williams out with a shoulder injury, Hart has been afforded a rare start in the halves.
The 26-year-old joined Munster from Racing 92 during the summer but has only played four games so far this season.
Meanwhile Ireland international Darren Sweetnam returns to the side in a back three featuring Simon Zebo and Alex Wootton, while Jack O'Donoghue makes his return from a minor ankle injury sustained against the Dragons earlier this month.
The forward pack remains unchanged from the 49-6 trouncing of Newport Gwent at Irish Independent Park three weeks ago with Billy Holland set to captain the side from the second-row.
On the bench scrum-half Jack Stafford could be in line to make his Munster debut should he receive some time off the pine with fellow academy teammates Calvin Nash and out-half Bill Johnston also among the replacements.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Sam Arnold, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, James Hart; Liam O’Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott, Ciaran Parker, Darren O’Shea, Sean O’Connor, Jack Stafford, Bill Johnston, Calvin Nash.
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