Tomás O'Leary and Lifeimi Mafi return to Munster action for the first time in almost two months for Friday night’s Magners League game with the Dragons at Rodney Parade. (kick-off 7.05pm)
O’Leary, who has recovered from a broken thumb, links up with Paul Warwick at half-back while Mafi, who has completed a seven-week suspension for a dangerous tackle, must contend with a spot on the bench as Barry Murphy and Sam Tuitupou retain the centre spots.
Promising loosehead Dave Ryan, younger brother of ex-Toulon and Newcastle prop Tim, starts in the front row alongside Mike Sherry and John Hayes; who was released from the international training squad this week.
Billy Holland and Ian Nagle continue their second row partnership that destroyed the Australian line-out two weeks ago.
UL Bohemians flanker Niall Ronan gets a rare start in the backrow for the Reds.
J Murphy; D Howlett capt, B Murphy, S Tuitupou, D Hurley; P Warwick, T O'Leary; D Ryan, M Sherry, J Hayes; B Holland, I Nagle; T O'Donnell, N Ronan, J Coughlan.
Subs: S Henry, W du Preez, P Borlase, B Hayes, P O'Mahony, C Murray, S Deasy, L Mafi.