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Rassie makes three changes for Connacht as Zebo starts for Munster at fullback

John Ryan, Mark Flanagan and Andrew Conway come in.

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RASSIE ERASMUS HAS named his team for Friday’s Guinness Pro14 inter-pro against Connacht, with the side showing three changes to the one which defeated Racing 92 last weekend.

Two of the changes come in the front five with John Ryan and Mark Flanagan promoted from the bench, while Andrew Conway comes in as a direct replacement for Darren Sweetnam on the wing.

The international back row trio of captain Peter O’Mahony, Tommy O’Donnell and CJ Stander provide real steel to the Munster pack for tomorrow evening’s clash at the Sportsground [KO 7.35pm, TG4].

Simon Zebo, who this week announced his decision to leave Munster at the end of this season, is retained at fullback while half-back pairing Conor Murray and Ian Keatley continue as they were.

Munster travel to Galway having won four of their first six Pro14 games, a string of results which sees them sit second behind Glasgow in Conference A.

Munster (v Connacht):

15. Simon Zebo
14. Andrew Conway
13. Chris Farrell
12. Rory Scannell
11. Keith Earls
10. Ian Keatley
9. Conor Murray

1. Dave Kilcoyne
2. Rhys Marshall
3. John Ryan
4. Mark Flanagan
5. Billy Holland
6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
7. Tommy O’Donnell
8. CJ Stander.


16. Kevin O’Byrne
17. Liam O’Connor
18. Stephen Archer
19. Sean McCarthy
20. Jack O’Donoghue
21. Duncan Williams
22. JJ Hanrahan
23. Darren Sweetnam.

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