Former Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam to make first PRO12 start for Munster

Former Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam to make first PRO12 start for Munster
Darren Sweetnam makes his first competitive start for Munster on the right wing.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley has named his side for tomorrow encounter with Zebre and former Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam is set to make his first competitive start.

Foley has made eight changes to the starting XV for the PRO12 game, with Sweetnam starting on the right wing. Andrew Conway has recovered from a hip-pointer to start at full-back and Ronan O’Mahony continues on the left wing.

Rory Scannell and Francis Saili continue their midfield partnership, while Tomás O'Leary comes in at scrum-half to partner Ian Keatley.

There are five changes in the pack, with James Cronin returning to the starting line-up at loosehead, and Niall Scannell at hooker. John Ryan remains at tighthead.

Mark Chisholm resumes his partnership with Dave Foley in the second row, while in the back row Jack O'Donoghue and Robin Copeland come in to join Billy Holland who makes his third consecutive start at blindside.

Having just signed a new two-year deal with the province, Holland will also captain the side this weekend.

Zebre v Munster, Guinness PRO12 Round 13, Saturday January 30th at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi - kick-off 2pm Irish time.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Tomás O'Leary; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Mark Chisholm; Billy Holland - capt., Jack O'Donoghue, Robin Copeland.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Mario Sagario, Dave O'Callaghan, Shane Buckley, Duncan Williams, Cian Bohane, Gerhard van den Heever.

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