Munster v Scarlets preview & team news

Reigning champions Munster will look to extend their unbeaten run to 12 games when they welcome Welsh side Scarlets to Musgrave Park on Saturday (kick off 7.45pm).

Furthermore Tony Gahan’s side has not lost at Musgrave Park since they were defeated by Glasgow in May 2008, a run that also stretches back 12 games.

McGahan has made five changes to his starting XV from the side that beat the Glasgow last weekend; Mike Sherry comes into the side in place of Damien Varley who has flown out to New Zealand as cover for the injured Jerry Flannery while Marcus Horan, Dave Foley, Tom Gleeson and Denis Hurley also come in.

Danny Barnes misses out with a hand injury but is expected to be fit for the clash against the Blues next weekend while BJ Botha comes in on the bench the clash.

The Scarlets meanwhile could be forgiven for being distracted as they approach their 5000th game although with that clash against Leinster not for another week, the region will need to focus on game 4,999th first as they look to secure their first win in Ireland since 2009 when they beat Connacht.

The Scarlets will be without full-back Dan Evans who has a broken hand and he joins captain Matthew Rees (neck surgery) on the Scarlets injury list.

Wing and full-back Andy Fenby could return for the side on Saturday, while wing Nick Reynolds will undergo a fitness test ahead of the trip to Ireland.

The Welsh region have not beaten Munster since knocking the two-time European champions out of the Heineken Cup quarter-finals at the old Stradey Park in March 2007.

Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, T Gleeson, L Mafi, D Hurley; I Keatley, P Stringer; M Horan, M Sherry, J Hayes; D Foley, M O’Driscoll; P O’Mahony capt, N Ronan, J Coughlan.

Replacements: D Fogarty, W du Preez, BJ Botha, B Holland, T O’Donnell, D Williams, S Deasy, S Zebo.


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