Ireland stars return for Munster trip to Zebre

Ireland stars return for Munster trip to Zebre

Munster captain Peter O'Mahony has gone straight back into Munster's starting XV after last weekend's man-of-the-match performance against England.

Munster square off against Zebre in Parma on Saturday (kick-off 3pm - 2pm Irish time) and make five changes to the team.

Hooker Niall Scannell and tight-head John Ryan also return with Dave Kilcoyne joining the duo in the front-row.

Billy Holland packs down with Dave O'Callaghan in the second-row, the later making his first start in the position for Munster.

Jack O'Donoghue is also recalled to the starting line-up at number 8 after injuring his ankle against Ospreys. Tommy O'Donnell joins O'Donoghue and O'Mahony in the back-row at open side flanker.

There is only one change to the backline with Tyler Bleyendaal coming back at number 10, joining Duncan Williams at half-back.

Rory Scannell and Jaco Taute start in the centre with Ronan O'Mahony, Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway filling out the back three.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Dave O’Callaghan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Darren O’Shea, Conor Oliver, Angus Lloyd, David Johnston, Dan Goggin.

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