McGahan makes 10 changes for Edinburgh clash

The Munster starting XV for Friday's clash with Edinburgh in Murrayfield, shows 10 changes from the one that ran out against Cardiff Blues last weekend.

The Munster starting XV for Friday's clash with Edinburgh in Murrayfield, shows 10 changes from the one that ran out against Cardiff Blues last weekend.

Two positional changes see Johne Murphy switching to the number 14 shirt with Scott Deasy now at full-back and Tommy O'Donnell switch back-row flanks to accommodate the inclusion of Niall Ronan to his familiar openside position.

The only forced change is at number 8 where a neck injury rules James Coughlan out with Paddy Butler filling in at the base of the scrum.

Doug Howlett is rested after involvement in the pre-season games and four RaboDirect PRO12 games on the bounce. The same applies to Billy Holland, although he will travel with the squad as cover.

Tom Gleeson, Peter Stringer, Denis Fogarty, John Hayes and Dave Foley all played off the bench last weekend and this time around get into pole position.

Foley makes just his second start of the season alongside Mick O'Driscoll who will be winning his 192nd Munster cap.

It is an experience that 23-year-old Foley is looking forward to.

"Micko is obviously a massive influence," he said. "Not just for me, for all around him. You can learn a huge amount from him. It is great at this stage of a fella's career to be paired with him. He really is a huge figure for us.

“When he refers to us, you'd assume he's talking about his fellow 20-somethings. Of the match day 23, 10 are 23 or under and they've been led to four consecutive wins by Peter O'Mahony (just turned 22), who this time around takes a breather on the bench. Foley is equally enthusiastic about the Cork Con man.

"He's another who exerts a huge influence."

Munster: S Deasy; J Murphy, T Gleeson, L Mafi, D Hurley; I Keatley, P Stringer; W du Preez, D Fogarty, J Hayes; D Foley, M O'Driscoll; T O'Donnell, N Ronan, P Butler. Replacements: M Sherry, J Ryan, S Archer, I Nagle, P O'Mahony, D Williams, D Barnes, S Zebo.

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