Wallaby second row Chisholm handed Munster debut

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Wallaby second-row Mark Chisholm will make his Munster debut in Sunday's Guinness PRO12 clash with Ospreys at Liberty Stadium, 2.30pm
WALLABY second-row, Mark Chisholm will make his Guinness PRO12 debut for Munster in Sunday’s fixture against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, 2.30pm.

WALLABY second-row, Mark Chisholm will make his Guinness PRO12 debut for Munster in Sunday’s fixture against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, 2.30pm.

Chisholm joined Munster on a two-year deal this summer from Bayonne. The 33 year-old played for Super Rugby side Brumbies on 102 occasions, and won 58 caps for Australia between 2004 and 2010, scoring six tries.

Three more players, Tyler Bleyendaal, Francis Saili and Stephen Fitzgerald, have been handed their first PRO12 starts by Munster head coach Anthony Foley

Bleyendaal made his debut for the province against Treviso last weekend when coming off the bench and this weekend the exciting out-half makes his first PRO12 start joining Cathal Sheridan in the half-backs.

In total, head coach Foley makes eight changes to the starting XV for Sunday’s Round 2 encounter with the Ospreys in Swansea.

In the front row, returning international Dave Kilcoyne makes his first appearance of the season scrumming down alongside Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer who is promoted from the bench for his 99th appearance for the province.

Debutant Chisholm will partner Dave Foley in the second row, while the only change to the backrow sees Robin Copeland introduced at number 8.

New Zealander Saili has successfully completed all of his return to play protocols and makes his PRO12 debut in joining academy player Rory Scannell in the centre partnership. Nineteen-year-old academy player Fitzgerald is named on the wing joining Andrew Conway and Felix Jones in the back three. Jones takes over the captaincy role this week.

In the replacements, hooker Duncan Casey is included in his first match-day squad of the season while Jordan Coghlan is in line to make his Munster PRO12 debut if sprung from the bench.

MUNSTER: Felix Jones (Capt); Andrew Conway, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Stephen Fitzgerald; Tyler Bleyendaal, Cathal Sheridan; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Mark Chisholm, Dave Foley; Dave O’Callaghan, Jack O’Donoghue, Robin Copeland. Replacements: Duncan Casey, James Cronin, BJ Botha, Jordan Coghlan, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, David Johnston.