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Three debutants to start as Munster name youthful side for season opener

Anthony Foley’s men face Treviso in the Guinness Pro12 tomorrow night.

David Johnston is one of three players who'll make their first competitive appearance for Munster tomorrow night in Cork.
David Johnston is one of three players who'll make their first competitive appearance for Munster tomorrow night in Cork.
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THERE’LL BE COMPETITIVE debuts for John Madigan, David Johnston and Shane Monahan when Munster welcome Benetton Treviso to Musgrave Park tomorrow night (7.45pm) for their first game of the 2015/16 Guinness Pro12 season.

The trio have been rewarded for their positive showings during Munster’s pre-season campaign, while Tyler Bleyendaal is also in line to make his first competitive appearance in a red shirt after being named among the replacements by head coach Anthony Foley.

Having recently come back from injury, Mike Sherry returns to Pro12 action for the first time since November 2013, with CJ Stander wearing the captain’s armband and Dave Foley set to win his 50th cap for the province.

After missing out on Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad, Felix Jones returns from international duty to start at full-back.

Munster (v Benetton Treviso)

15. Felix Jones
14. Andrew Conway
13. David Johnston
12. Rory Scannell
11. Shane Monahan
10. Ian Keatley
9. Duncan Williams

1. James Cronin
2. Mike Sherry
3. BJ Botha
4. John Madigan
5. Dave Foley
6. Dave O’Callaghan
7. Jack O’Donoghue
8. CJ Stander (c)

Replacements:

16. Niall Scannell
17. John Ryan
18. Stephen Archer
19. Robin Copeland
20. Shane Buckley
21. Cathal Sheridan
22. Tyler Bleyendaal
23. Cian Bohane

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