Munster Rugby Head Coach Johann van Graan has made 12 changes to his starting team for Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final Qualifier against Edinburgh at Thomond Park, which has a 3.15pm kick-off.
Simon Zebo returns at full-back in his final game for Munster at Thomond Park as the Corkman will play with Racing 92 in France next season.
Recently-named Munster Rugby Player of the Year Keith Earls and Andrew Conway start on either wing with Rory Scannell starting at inside centre to partner Sammy Arnold.
JJ Hanrahan, who played a crucial role in Munster’s 24-24 draw with Ulster last weekend in Limerick, is retained at out-half, while Conor Murray will partner him in the half-backs this time.
Man of the Match against Ulster, James Cronin, is named at loosehead with Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer, both of whom made an impact off the bench last Saturday, returning to the starting lineup.
Jean Kleyn and Billy Holland will start in the second row, with Munster Rugby captain Peter O’Mahony, Waterford’s Jack O’Donoghue and South African-born Ireland international CJ Stander making up the back row.
On the bench, Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne and Ciaran Parker provide front row cover with the soon to depart Gerbrandt Grobler and Robin Copeland expected to make their final Munster appearances at Thomond Park when, as expected, they will be introduced from the bench. James Hart, Ian Keatley and Darren Sweetnam complete the replacements.
15. Simon Zebo, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Sammy Arnold, 12. Rory Scannell, 11. Keith Earls, 10. JJ Hanrahan, 9. Conor Murray.
1. James Cronin, 2. Rhys Marshall, 3. Stephen Archer, 4. Jean Kleyn, 5. Billy Holland, 6. Peter O’Mahony (captain), Jack O’Donoghue, 8. CJ Stander.
16. Mike Sherry, 17. Dave Kilcoyne, 18. Ciaran Parker, 19. Gerbrandt Grobler, 20. Robin Copeland, 21. James Hart, 22. Ian Keatley, 23. Darren Sweetnam.
The winning side in this Guinness Pro14 Semi-Final Qualifier will face European Champions Cup finalists Leinster Rugby in the Guinness PRO14 semi-final at the RDS on Saturday, 19TH May.