The first of two changes to the pack sees hooker Niall Scannell re-join Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan in the front row. Mark Chisholm and captain Billy Holland continue in the second row while in the back row, Tommy O’Donnell returns at 7 with Dave O’Callaghan and Jack O’Donoghue switching to 6 and 8 respectively.
Simon Zebo starts on the left wing in an otherwise unchanged backline. Duncan Williams and Ian Keatleyform the half-back partnership and Rory Scannell makes his tenth consecutive start at inside centre in partnering Francis Saili in the midfield.
Winger Darren Sweetnam and full-back Andrew Conway again complete the starting XV.
If called upon from the bench, recent long-term injury returnee Johnny Holland will make his first appearance of the season.
In other news, this week saw Mario Sagario called up to the Uruguayan international squad for the Americas Rugby Championship. The Munster tighthead will start against the USA in Montevideo tomorrow.
Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Mark Chisholm, Billy Holland – capt.; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Robin Copeland, Cathal Sheridan, Johnny Holland, David Johnston.
Munster v Newport-Gwent Dragons, Guinness PRO12 Round 17, Saturday March 5th at Thomond Park – KO 7.35pm.
- Adult €15
- Family €30
- Junior €7
Tickets can be purchased online here, from the Munster Rugby ticket Offices at Irish Independent Park and Thomond Park, or by calling 0818 719 300.
This game will be televised on TG4 with live updates on twitter also by following @munsterrugby#MunVNew