Jerry Flannery has returned to the Munster squad ahead of tomorrow’s Magners League meeting with Ulster in Thomond Park. (kick-off 7.30pm)
Flannery has had dreadful luck with injuries in 2010; the dynamic hooker has struggled with a persistent calf injury for the most part, but the Shannon man has been included for the New Year’s Day battle with Ulster.
Ronan O’Gara is rested so Paul Warwick switches from full back to out half to partner Peter Stringer at half back with Scott Deasy filling the number fifteen slot.
Young lock Ian Nagle starts alongside Mick O’Driscoll in the second row with Donnacha Ryan moving to blindside in place of Alan Quinlan who suffered a dislocated elbow last Monday night against Connacht.
Meanwhile, Ulster coach Brian McLaughlin has named his side for the trip to Limerick.
Rory Best returns from the fractured cheekbone injury he sustained during the Autumn International series to captain a much changed side.
Following last Monday's defeat to Leinster, McLaughlin has rung the changes.
Jamie Smith replaces Adam D’Arcy at full back while Ian Whitten and exciting young centre Luke Marshall come into the three-quarter line.
Paul Marshall partners Paddy Wallace at half-back while Bryan Young and Declan Fitzpatrick come into the front row.
Jamie Smith; Tommy Seymour, Ian Whitten, Luke Marshall, Simon Danielli; Paddy Wallace, Paul Marshall; Bryan Young, Rory Best (C), Declan Fitzpatrick, Tim Barker, Ryan Caldwell, TJ Anderson, Willie Faloon, Robbie Diack
Replacements: Andi Kryiacou, Tom Court, BJ Botha, Neil McComb, Chris Henry, Ian Porter, Paddy Jackson, David McIlwaine
Scott Deasy; Doug Howlett, Keith Earls, Sam Tuitupou, Denis Hurley; Paul Warwick, Peter Stringer; Wian du Preez, Damien Varley, Peter Borlase; Ian Nagle, Mick O'Driscoll; Donnacha Ryan, Niall Ronan, Denis Leamy (C)
Replacements: Jerry Flannery, Darragh Hurley, Tony Buckley, Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell, Tomas O'Leary, Lifeimi Mafi, Barry Murphy.