Holland at out-half again as Munster make five changes

Holland at out-half again as Munster make five changes

MUNSTER head coach Anthony Foley has again placed his faith in Johnny Holland as the starting out-half for Friday night’s crucial Guinness Pro12 clash with Edinburgh at Musgrave Park, 7.35pm.

Holland, who also started the key interpro fixtures with Leinster and Connacht, will partner Conor Murray at half-back, with the more experienced Ian Keatley listed among the replacements.

Foley makes five changes in personnel from the side which lost to Connacht for the most important game of his coaching career. 

Munster’s starting team shows four changes in the pack with Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Dave Foley and Dave O'Callaghanall retuning to the line-up.

Kilcoyne and Scannell join Stephen Archer in the front row, Foley overcomes an ankle injury to partner Billy Holland in the second row, while back row O'Callaghan has rehabbed knee bruising to start at 6. Captain CJ Stander reverts to number 8, with Tommy O'Donnell remaining at 7.

The final change comes in the back-three where Andrew Conway joins Keith Earls and full-back Simon Zebo.

Double Munster Player of the Year nominee Rory Scannell partners Francis Saili in midfield

MUNSTER: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Johnny Holland, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Dave Foley, Billy Holland; Dave O'Callaghan, Tommy O'Donnell, CJ Stander (Capt). Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, John Ryan, Robin Copeland, Jack O'Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Ronan O'Mahony.