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Sweetnam set for his first start as Munster change 8 for Zebre trip

James Cronin released by Ireland for tomorrow’s Pro12 clash.

Darren Sweetnam starts on the right wing.
Darren Sweetnam starts on the right wing.
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DARREN SWEETNAM WILL make his first competitive start when Munster travel to Zebre in the Pro12 tomorrow.

With the bulk of his star names away on international duty, Anthony Foley has been forced to make eight changes.

One Ireland international who has been made available is James Cronin who starts at loosehead.

Niall Scannell, Mark Chisholm, Jack O’Donoghue and Robin Copeland are the other changes in the forwards, while Tomás O’Leary comes in at scrum-half and the fit-again Andrew Conway starts at full-back.

Dave O’Callaghan is named among the replacements as he continues his comeback from an adductor injury.

Kick-off in the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi is at 2pm Irish time.


15. Kayle Van Zyl
14. Dion Berryman
13. Tommaso Boni
12. Matteo Pratichetti
11. Michele Visentin
10. Kelly Haimona
9. Luke Burgess

1. Andrea De Marchi
2. Oliviero Fabiani
3. Pietro Ceccarelli
4. Gideon Koegelenberg
5. Marco Bortolami (c)
6. Emiliano Caffini
7. Johan Meyer
8. Jean Cook


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16. Emiliano Coria
17. Bruno Postiglioni
18. Guillermo Roan
19. Federico Ruzza
20. Filippo Cristiano
21. Giulio Toniolatti
22. Mils Muliaina
23. Ulrich Beyers


15. Andrew Conway
14. Darren Sweetnam
13. Francis Saili
12. Rory Scannell
11. Ronan O’Mahony
10. Ian Keatley
9. Tomás O’Leary

1. James Cronin
2. Niall Scannell
3. John Ryan
4. Dave Foley
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Billy Holland (c)
7. Jack O’Donoghue
8. Robin Copeland


16. Mike Sherry
17. Dave Kilcoyne
18. Mario Sagario
19. Dave O’Callaghan
20. Shane Buckley
21. Duncan Williams
22. Cian Bohane
23. Gerhard van den Heever

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