Munster make wholesale changes

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster hooker Mike Sherry is facing six months on the sidelines due to  a knee injury
JJ Hanrahan is to start at No10 for Munster’s trip to face Glasgow Warriors in the top of the table round six clash on Friday night in Scotstoun Stadium.

JJ Hanrahan is to start at No10 for Munster’s trip to face Glasgow Warriors in the top of the table round six clash on Friday night in Scotstoun Stadium.

Andrew Conway, Ivan Dineen and Ronan O’Mahony return to senior action for the PRO12 after impressing for the Munster A side in the last two weeks.

Rob Penney starts with a new front row for Friday’s encounter with James Cronin making his third league start as he lines up next to Mike Sherry and Stephen Archer, and CJ Stander joins Sean Dougall and Peter O’Mahony in the backrow.

“Due to the short turn-around and the travel and intensity of the last three weeks, and the importance of the next two weeks, there is a bit of freshening up in the group and this is why we’ve made a few changes,” said Penney.

“Glasgow are top of the table, semi-finalists who probably should have been in the final last year and they are the form team in the Rabo in at least the last nine months. It doesn’t get more difficult than playing them at their home ground and it’s as big as it gets in the Rabo at this time of the year.” said the Head Coach.

Munster: Johne Murphy; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Ivan Dineen, Ronan O’Mahony; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony Capt., Sean Dougall, CJ Stander. Replacements: Damien Varley, Dave Kilcoyne, BJ Botha, Billy Holland, James Coughlan, Cathal Sheridan, James Downey, Casey Laulala.