O’Donnell, O’Mahony and Zebo out for Munster

O’Donnell, O’Mahony and Zebo out for Munster

Munster go into their crucial PRO12 match against Newport Gwent Dragons without a number of regular starters.

Tommy O’Donnell has been ruled out of action for the next 6-8 weeks after tearing a hamstring during last week’s draw with Ulster.

Ian Keatley picks up his 100th cap for the province on Saturday.

Captain Peter O’Mahony has been withdrawn from the squad after picking up a knock at training yesterday, so Denis Hurley will captain the side in Cork tomorrow.

Winger Simon Zebo has failed to recover from back spasms in time to play., while hooker Duncan Casey also misses the game due to back pain.

John Ryan and BJ Botha come into the front row on either side of Eusebio Guinazu, and Billy Holland returns to the the second row alongside Paul O'Connell.

Donnacha Ryan makes the switch to six this weekend and is joined in the back row by Paddy Butler at 7. Last weekend's Man of the Match CJ Stander retains his place at number eight.

Ian Keatley earns his 100th Munster cap this weekend - he starts at ten and is joined in the half-backs by Conor Murray.

O’Donnell, O’Mahony and Zebo out for Munster

Ian Keatley picks up his 100th cap for the province on Saturday.

Felix Jones is a named at full-back with Keith Earls and Ronan O’Mahony on the wings, while Andrew Smith is at outside centre, partnered with Hurley at 12.

Munster v Newport Gwent Dragons at Musgrave Park on Saturday May 16 - kick-off 3pm.

Munster: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley - capt., Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha; Billy Holland, Paul O'Connell; Donnacha Ryan, Paddy Butler, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Sean Dougall, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Andrew Conway.

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