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For the first time in 13 long months, Donnacha Ryan starts for Munster
The second row replaces Paul O’Connell who missed training with a shoulder issue this week.

MUNSTER COACH ANTHONY Foley has been able to name Donnacha Ryan in his starting line-up for the first time since becoming head coach.

Foley was in charge of the forward pack when Ryan last started a game for Munster, that day the opposition was also Treviso, but Ryan suffered a problematic toe injury that has restricted him to just two appearances off the bench this year.

Ryan is one of three changes to Munster’s starting line-up for the visit of Treviso to Cork.

Stephen Archer is the second change to the pack while academy starlet Rory Scannell starts in the centre alongside Andrew Smith.

Munster (v Treviso TG4, 15.05)

15. Felix Jones
14. Keith Earls
13. Andrew Smith
12.Rory Scannell
11. Simon Zebo
10. Ian Keatley
9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Duncan Casey
3. Stephen Archer
4. Billy Holland
5. Donnacha Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony (capt)
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander.

Replacements:
16. Eusebio Guinazu
17 John Ryan
18 BJ Botha
19 Donncha O’Callaghan
20 Dave O’Callaghan
21 Duncan Williams
22 JJ Hanrahan
23. Ronan O’Mahony.

Treviso:

15. Jayden Hayward
14. Andrea Pratichetti
13. Luca Morisi
12. Enrico Bacchin
11. Ludovico Nitoglia
10. Sam Christie
9. Edoardo Gori

1. Matteo Zanusso
2. Davide Giazzon
3. Rupert Harden
4. Marco Fuser
5. Corniel Van Zyl
6. Paul Derbyshire
7. Francesco Minto
8. Matthew Luamanu

Replacements:
16. Albert Anae
17. Jose Francisco Novak
18. Romulo Acosta
19. Meyer Swanepoel
20. Nicola Cattina
21. Marco Lazzaroni
22. Simone Ragusi
23. James Ambrosini

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