Johann van Graan previews Munster v Benetton Treviso – Kick off 7pm Friday

Munster Head Coach Johann van Graan, Alby Mathewson and Darren O’Shea spoke to the media this week ahead of Friday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash away to Benetton Rugby.

van Graan confirmed that Irish international Joey Carbery is unlikely to be fit for Munster’s Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens on April 20, and there will be lots of changes to the team to face Benetton Rugby, away, on Friday.

There are 11 changes to the side that defeated Cardiff Blues at Irish Independent Park last week.

JJ Hanrahan starts at out-half and will make his 100th Munster appearance with tighthead prop Stephen Archer making his 150th PRO14 appearance.

Mike Haley, Darren Sweetnam, Billy Holland and Chris Cloete are retained from last week’s line-up with Holland captaining the side.

Three Academy players are included in the squad as Shane Daly and Gavin Coombes are named in the starting XV with Alex McHenry in line to make his senior debut off the bench.

Haley starts at full-back with Sweetnam and Daly on either flank as Dan Goggin and Sammy Arnold partner up in the centres.

Alby Mathewson and Hanrahan are named in the half-backs.

Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall and Archer start in the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Holland in the engine room.

Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete and Coombes complete the starting XV.

Dave O’Callaghan is among the replacements and set to make his first PRO14 appearance since September after recently returning from injury.

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