New Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has named his first matchday XV, writes Douglas Imrie..
The province is involved in a preseason clash with Zebre in Waterford on Friday before they take on Worcester Warriors the following week in Cork.
With a number of players still on a break after their international exertions earlier in the Summer, an opportunity is afforded to several academy players alongside new recruits and experienced heads as Erasmus assesses his options ahead of the opening Guinness Pro12 game against Scarlets on Saturday 3rd September.
Munster: Stephen Fitzgerald; Darren Sweetnam, Cian Bohane, Colm O'Shea, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; John Madigan, Billy Holland - capt., Dave O'Callaghan, Conor Oliver, Jack O'Donoghue.
Replacements: Kevin O'Byrne, Peter McCabe, John Andress, Brian Scott, Darren O'Shea, Dave Foley, Ollie Lyons, Gavin Coombes, John Poland, Conor Fitzgerald, Dan Goggin, David Johnston, Calvin Nash, Steven McMahon.
Munster v Zebre, 2016 Kearys Renault Series, Friday August 19th at the Waterford RSC, ko 7pm.