O’Mahony and Zebo back for PRO12 semi-final

O’Mahony and Zebo back for PRO12 semi-final

Munster have been been bolstered by the return of captain Peter O’Mahony and winger Simon Zebo to the starting XV for their PRO12 semi-final play-off match against Ospreys tomorrow.

The two have both recovered from the minor injuries that kept them out of last weekend’s rout of Dragons, and are two of a total of four changes to the team.

Captain Peter O'Mahony starts for Munster.

Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer both also return and join Eusebio Guinazu in the front row.

Captain O’Mahony starts at six, so Donnacha Ryan moves back to the second row to partner Paul O’Connell. Paddy Butler and CJ Stander are unchanged at seven and eight respectively.

Felix Jones remains at full-back with Keith Earls and the returning Zebo on the wings.

Andrew Smith and Denis Hurley continue their centre partnership while Ian Keatley remains at ten with Conor Murray alongside him in the half-backs.

Munster report that over 15,000 tickets have been sold already for the afternoon match, that number could increase dramatically with the news that it could be O’Connell’s final appearance in a Munster jersey at Thomond Park.

Munster v Ospreys on May 23 at Thomond Park - kick-off 2.30pm.

Munster team in full: Felix Jones; Keith Earls, Andrew Smith, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Eusebio Guinazu, Stephen Archer; Donnacha Ryan, Paul O'Connell; Peter O'Mahony - capt., Paddy Butler, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Duncan Casey, John Ryan, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, JJ Hanrahan, Ronan O'Mahony.

Ospreys team in full: Dan Evans, Jeff Hassler, Ben John, Josh Matavesi, Eli Walker, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Nicky Smith, Scott Baldwin, Dmitri Arhip, Tyler Ardron, Alun Wyn Jones - capt., Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Dan Baker.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Marc Thomas, Aaron Jarvis, Rory Thornton,James King, Tom Habberfield, Sam Davies, Jonathan Spratt.

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