THE UL-Bohemian duo of JJ Hanrahan and Cathal Sheridan will start at half-back for Munster in this Friday evening’s RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Zebre in Italy (6.30pm Irish time).
Hanrahan scored a try when introduced off the replacements’ bench in Munster’s bonus point win over Edinburgh in the PRO12 at Musgrave Park last weekend.
Former Leinster winger Andrew Conway will make his first competitive start for Munster at the Stadio XXV Aprile tomorrow night.
Conway, who scored a try in the limited time he played against Gloucester in the pre-season game, makes a return from the ‘dead’ leg he sustained that day.
Donnacha Ryan will make his first appearance of the season starting next to Ian Nagle in the second row and James Downey who recovered from a quad tear picked up at training is named in the replacements. Damien Varley will captain the squad as he joins Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan in the front row.
Munster - Denis Hurley; Johne Murphy, Casey Laulala, Ivan Dineen, Andrew Conway; JJ Hanrahan, Cathal Sheridan; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley (Capt), John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Ian Nagle; CJ Stander, Tommy O’Donnell, Paddy Butler. Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Niall Ronan, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, James Downey.