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10 changes to Munster side seeking home Pro12 semi as victorious 'A' players included

A win over Treviso tomorrow would guarantee that outcome.

Rassie Erasmus has made ten changes to his side following last week's heartbreaking Champions Cup defeat.
Rassie Erasmus has made ten changes to his side following last week's heartbreaking Champions Cup defeat.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

RASSIE ERASMUS HAS made ten changes to his side ahead of Munster’s return to Pro12 action this weekend.

Munster are all but secured a home Pro12 semi-final, but a win over Treviso tomorrow would guarantee that place [KO 7.05pm (6.05pm Irish time)].

Six players from the British and Irish Cup winning Munster ‘A’ squad are introduced to the side with Darren O’Shea and Conor Oliver in the starting XV.

Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott, Rory Burke and Alex Wootton have also been named in the replacements.

It’s all change in the front row, as James Cronin, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer all start while lock Darren O’Shea links up with Billy Holland in the second row pairing.

Holland captains the side for the ninth time this season, and is the only player to retain his place in the pack.

Dave O’Callaghan, Conor Oliver and Jack O’Donoghue come together to make up the back row.

This season’s leading try scorer Ronan O’Mahony and Darren Sweetnam cover the wings, and Francis Saili partners Jaco Taute in the centre.

Duncan Williams and Tyler Bleyendaal return to the half backs.

Munster:

15.Simon Zebo
14. Darren Sweetnam
13. Francis Saili
12. Jaco Taute
11. Ronan O’Mahony
10. Tyler Bleyendaal
9. Duncan Williams

1. James Cronin
2. Rhys Marshall
3. Stephen Archer
4. Darren O’Shea
5. Billy Holland (captain)
6. Dave O’Callaghan
7. Conor Oliver
8. Jack O’Donoghue.

Replacements: 

16. Kevin O’Byrne
17. Brian Scott
18. Rory Burke
19. Donnacha Ryan
20. CJ Stander
21. Angus Lloyd
22. Ian Keatley
23. Alex Wootton.

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