Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus makes one change to the side that defeated Benetton Rugby for this evening’s Guinness PRO14 clash with Cheetahs at Thomond Park – kick-off 5.15pm.
Ian Keatley come in for Tyler Bleyendaal at out half with second row Billy Holland taking charge as captain this weekend. Following strong performances in round one in Cork, the Greencore Munster Academy duo of loosehead Liam O’Connor and blindside Seán O’Connor both retain their starting positions.
On the bench Erasmus includes five returning internationals with Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo all likely to see their first action of the new season.
Fullback Andrew Conway, impressive at Irish Independent Park last weekend, will make his 100th Guinness PRO14 appearance, as will Dave Kilcoyne should he appear off the bench.
15. Andrew Conway, 14. Darren Sweetnam, 13. Chris Farrell, 12. Jaco Taute, 11. Alex Wootton, 10. Ian Keatley, 9. Duncan Williams.
1. Liam O’Connor, 2. Rhys Marshall, 3. Stephen Archer, 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Billy Holland (captain), 6. Seán O’Connor, 7. Tommy O’Donnell, 8. Jack O’Donoghue.
16. Niall Scannell, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. John Ryan, 19. Fineen Wycherley, 20. Robin Copeland, 21. James Hart, 22. Rory Scannell, 23. Simon Zebo.