Munster squad to face Cardiff Blues named

Munster squad to face Cardiff Blues named

The Munster squad to face Cardiff Blues in round eight of the RaboDirect PRO12 has been named today.

Felix Jones, Donncha O'Callaghan, James Coughlan, Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer have all been released from the Irish camp with Jones starting at full-back and the latter among the replacements.

Munster Head Coach Rob Penney has made five changes to the side that beat Ospreys in Munster's last outing at Thomond Park.

Dave Kilcoyne drops to the bench with James Cronin coming into the front row alongside BJ Botha and Damien Varley who captains the side.

The only other change in the forwards sees Billy Holland return to the side ahead of Donncha O'Callaghan and he joins fellow lock Dave Foley in the starting XV.

There are three changes in the backs with Cathal Sheridan coming in for Duncan Williams at scrum half and JJ Hanrahan will earn his 20th cap for Munster as he replaces the injured Ian Keatley at out-half.

The centre partnership of Ivan Dineen and former Cardiff Blue Casey Laulala remains intact withAndrew Conway coming back into the side.

Academy player Johnny Holland is named on the bench and could make his first RaboDirect PRO12 appearance for Munster, the 22-year-old out-half plays his club rugby with Cork Con and featured in the SEAT Series against Gloucester and London Irish but has yet to make his competitive bow.

The returning Denis Hurley is also named among the replacements after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Ian Nagle is on the comeback trail too and, although he has not been named in the Munster squad, could feature for Cork Con this weekend.

Munster: Felix Jones; Andrew Conway, Casey Laulala, Ivan Dineen, Johne Murphy; JJ Hanrahan, Cathal Sheridan; James Cronin, Damien Varley, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Billy Holland; Dave O'Callaghan, Sean Dougall, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, James Coughlan, Duncan Williams, Johnny Holland, Denis Hurley.

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