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7 changes in Munster team to face Dragons

Academy prop Josh Wycherley makes his first start for the province.

Josh Wycherley is set for his first start.
Josh Wycherley is set for his first start.
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

THERE ARE SEVEN changes in the Munster team set to face Dragons at Rodney Parade on Sunday (kick-off: 2pm).

After beating Cardiff Blues in Thomond Park on Monday night, Academy prop Josh Wycherley has been handed his first start alongside fellow youngster Keynan Knox, with Kevin O’Byrne at hooker.

Jean Kleyn, captain Billy Holland and Chris Cloete also feature, in addition to last week’s try scorers Jack O’Donoghue and Gavin Coombes.

Scrum-half Craig Casey starts his fourth successive game, linking up with out-half JJ Hanrahan.

Rory Scannell switches to outside centre, with Damian de Allende coming in at 12.

Matt Gallagher starts at full-back, with Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam on the wings, while Academy prospects Jake Flannery and Thomas Ahern are among the substitutes, with the latter potentially in line to make his debut.

Munster team to face Dragons:

15. Matt Gallagher
14. Calvin Nash
13. Rory Scannell
12. Damian de Allende
11. Darren Sweetnam
10. JJ Hanrahan
9. Craig Casey

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1. Josh Wycherley
2. Kevin O’Byrne
3. Keynan Knox
4. Jean Kleyn
5. Billy Holland (captain)
6. Jack O’Donoghue
7. Chris Cloete
8. Gavin Coombes


16. Diarmuid Barron
17. James Cronin
18. Stephen Archer
19. Thomas Ahern
20. Tommy O’Donnell
21. Nick McCarthy
22. Jake Flannery
23. Jack O’Sullivan.

Pragmatists Bernard Jackman and Murray Kinsella join the deludedly optimistic Gavan Casey to look ahead to the big one in Paris:

Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud

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