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Donnacha Ryan misses out on crucial Munster clash with Edinburgh

Anthony Foley has made five changes for the Pro12 tie in Musgrave Park.

MUNSTER COACH ANTHONY Foley has made five changes for his side’s vital Guinness Pro12 clash with Edinburgh in Musgrave Park tomorrow [KO 7.35pm, TG4].

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Dave Foley and Dave O’Callaghan all come into the starting pack, but Ireland international Donnacha Ryan misses out on the crucial clash as he continues his recovery from concussion.

Donnacha Ryan leaves the field injured Ryan was concussed against Connacht and Leinster in recent times. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Elsewhere, Andrew Conway starts on the right wing in place of Darren Sweetnam, who drops out of the squad altogether in making way for Ronan O’Mahony on the bench.

Captain CJ Stander is back at number eight, with Jack O’Donoghue selected on the bench, while Johnny Holland continues to be preferred to Ian Keatley at out-half.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons has made three changes to his team as Sean Kennedy, Andries Strauss and Scotland international Matt Scott come into the backline after the defeat against Leinster two weekends ago.

Dougie Fife, who has been on Scotland sevens duty in recent times, returns to the Edinburgh bench.

Welshman Ian Davies will referee tomorrow’s contest in Cork.

Munster:

15. Simon Zebo
14. Andrew Conway
13. Francis Saili
12. Rory Scannell
11. Keith Earls
10. Johnny Holland
9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Niall Scannell
3. Stephen Archer
4. Dave Foley
5. Billy Holland
6. Dave O’Callaghan
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander (captain)

Replacements:

16. Mike Sherry
17. James Cronin
18. John Ryan
19. Robin Copeland
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Duncan Williams
22. Ian Keatley
23. Ronan O’Mahony

Edinburgh:

15. Blair Kinghorn
14. Damien Hoyland
13. Matt Scott
12. Andries Strauss
11. Tom Brown
10. Jason Tovey
9. Sean Kennedy

1. Alasdair Dickinson
2. Ross Ford (captain)
3. WP Nel
4. Anton Bresler
5. Ben Toolis
6. Jamie Ritchie
7. John Hardie
8. Cornell Du Preez

Replacements:

16. Stuart McInally
17. Rory Sutherland
18. John Andress
19. Alex Toolis
20. Magnus Bradbury
21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
22. Chris Dean
23. Dougie Fife

Referee: Ian Davies [WRU].

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