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O'Connell returns, Henshaw back to centre as Munster and Connacht shuffle pack for inter-pro clash

Conor Murray is one of two scrum-halves on the Munster bench.

Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

ROB PENNEY HAS made nine changes and Pat Lam seven for tomorrow’s inter-pro meeting between Connacht and Munster in Galway.

Paul O’Connell is one of four changes to Munster pack as he lines up alongside his long-term second row partner Donncha O’Callaghan.

In the absence of James Coughlan, Paddy Butler joins the back row as number eight and Damien Varley takes up captaincy duty.

Conor Murray is named as the out-half cover on the bench with another scrum-half Gerry Hurley named back-up to Duncan Williams.

Lam, meanwhile, has rang the changes after a run of four games with the same starting XV ended in crushing defeat away to Ulster last Friday night.

Willie Faloon will make his first appearance in seven months in a back row including John Muldoon and Eoin McKeon.

Robbie Henshaw will line out at centre as the entire back three is changed to allow Danie Poolman, Matt Healy and Darragh Leader enter the fray.

Recent London Irish signing Conor Gilsenan looks set to make his first appearance for the western province as the back row has been named on the bench.

Connacht: Darragh Leader; Danie Poolman,  Robbie Henshaw, Eoin Griffin; Matt Healy, Miah Nikora, Kieran Marmion: Ronan Loughney. Jason Harris-Wright.  Rodney Ah You; Mick Kearney,   Andrew Browne;  John Muldoon (captain),  Willie Faloon, Eoin McKeon.

Replacements: Jack Dinneen, Denis Buckley, Finlay Bealham, Aly Muldowney, Conor Gilsenan, Frank Murphy, Dan Parks, Dave McSharry.

Munster:  Denis Hurley; Gerhard van den Heever, Johne Murphy, James Downey, Andrew Conway; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, John Ryan; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell; CJ Stander, Sean Dougall, Paddy Butler.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Alan Cotter, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, Gerry Hurley, Conor Murray, Ronan O’Mahony.

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