Kilcoyne to make first start against Scarlets

Munster Academy prop Dave Kilcoyne will make his first competitive start for the province when Tony McGahan’s men take on the Scarlets in tomorrow evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 meeting in Llanelli (6.30pm).

Munster Academy prop Dave Kilcoyne will make his first competitive start for the province when Tony McGahan’s men take on the Scarlets in tomorrow evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 meeting in Llanelli (6.30pm).

Kilcoyne's only other involvement at this level was back in December when he came off the bench in the 69th minute of Munster's game against Connacht in Galway.

McGahan has made one backline change which comes at scrum-half with Conor Murray coming in for London Irish bound Tomas O'Leary.

Up front, Paul O'Connell makes his return as Donncha O'Callaghan drops to the bench.

Mick O'Driscoll, who announced that he is to retire at season end, partners O'Connell in the second row.

The back-row remains the same with BJ Botha coming back into the front-row ahead of Stephen Archer.

The Scarlets welcome back George North who is back at full fitness, Jonathan Davies (centre) is out with a groin injury and is replaced by Stephen Jones with the Scarlets opting to put as much senior experience and game intelligence on the field as possible.

Jones played at 12 last weekend in Aironi for the injured Davies and the Scarlets will be looking to his vision and leadership in midfield this crucial game.

Alongside Jones is bright young centre talent Adam Warren who put in some eye-catching performances in the early part of the season.

Matthew Rees takes the reigns as Captain once again and tight head Prop Deacon Manu is back fit after a spell out with concussion with young Prop Rhodri Jones switching back to loosehead for what is expected to be a big physical battle up front.

Munster: F Jones; L O'Dea, J Murphy, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, C Murray; D Kilcoyne, M Sherry, BJ Botha; M O'Driscoll, P O'Connell capt; D Ryan, T O'Donnell, P O'Mahony.

Replacements: D Varley, W du Preez, S Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, P Butler, T O'Leary, S Deasy, I Dineen.

Scarlets: L Williams, G North, A Warren, S Jones, S Lamont, R Priestland, G Davies, R Jones, M Rees (c), D Manu, S Timani, D Day, A Shingler, J Turnbull, B Morgan.

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