Munster have Keith Earls and Conor Murray back for trip to face Dragons

Munster have Keith Earls and Conor Murray back for trip to face Dragons
Conor Murray starts at scrum-half.

Rassie Erasmus has made six personnel changes to the Munster side that were beaten by Cardiff Blues for tomorrow’s PRO12 encounter against Newport Gwent Dragons in Rodney Parade

Returning internationals Conor Murray and Keith Earls are both in the starting XV, while Ireland colleagues Donnacha Ryan and CJ Stander also make their first starts of the season.

The side includes a number of new combinations with Jean Kleyn and Donnacha Ryan packing down in the second row, Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal in the half-backs, and Dan Goggin and Keith Earls in the midfield partnership, all starting alongside each other for the first time.

It's a case of as you were in the front row with James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan starting together for the third successive round. Last week's back three of Ronan O'Mahony, Darren Sweetnam and Andrew Conway also remain in situ.

Captain Billy Holland makes the positional switch to blindside flanker this week, with Jack O'Donoghue moving to openside flanker as CJ Stander completes the starting pack at eight.

Newport Gwent Dragons v Munster, Guinness PRO12 Round 3, Saturday, September 17, Rodney Parade - kick off - 5.15pm.

Munster team: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Keith Earls, Dan Goggin, Ronan O'Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Donnacha Ryan; Billy Holland Capt., Jack O'Donoghue, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Duncan Casey, Dave Kilcoyne, Brian Scott, Dave O'Callaghan, Conor Oliver, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Colm O'Shea.

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