DAMIEN Varley’s call up to Ireland’s World Cup squad in New Zealand has resulted in Mike Sherry being handed a starting spot in the Munster team to take on Llanelli Scarlets in Musgrave Park on Saturday night.
Tony McGahan has named five changes to his starting XV from the side that beat Glasgow last weekend and includes BJ Botha on the bench for Saturday’s. A Munster win would see them continue their 100% start to their RaboDirect Pro 12 campaign and stretch their unbeaten run to 13 games.
Danny Barnes has a slight hand injury that forces him to miss this one and his injury gives Tom Gleeson a chance to start in the centre alongside Lifeimi Mafi.
Denis Hurley starts on the wing instead of Simon Zebo while Marcus Horan comes in for Wian du Preez in the front row. Dave Foley also gets an opportunity to partner Mick O’Driscoll in the second row as Billy Holland drops to the bench.
Promising back row Peter O’Mahony again captains the side.
MUNSTER - Johne Murphy; Doug Howlett, Tom Gleeson, Lifeimi Mafi, Denis Hurley; Ian Keatley, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Mike Sherry, John Hayes; Dave Foley, Mick O’Driscoll; Peter O’Mahony (captain), Niall Ronan, James Coughlan. Replacements: Denis Fogarty, Wian du Preez, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, Duncan Williams, Scott Deasy, Simon Zebo.