Munster include Keatley and Bleyendaal in side to face Glasgow

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Ian Keatley will start at out-half, while Tyler Bleyendaal switches to inside centre, in the Munster side to face champions Glasgow Warriors in their Guinness PRO12 clash at Thomond Park on Friday, 6pm
IAN Keatley starts at out-half and Tyler Bleyendaal at inside centre as Anthony Foley accommodates both play-makers in Munster’s starting line-up to face Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO12 at Thomond Park on Friday evening, 6pm.

IAN Keatley starts at out-half and Tyler Bleyendaal at inside centre as Anthony Foley accommodates both play-makers in Munster’s starting line-up to face Glasgow Warriors in the Guinness PRO12 at Thomond Park on Friday evening, 6pm.

New Zealander Bleyendaal switches to the number twelve jersey for the first time where he will be partnered by Munster Academy member David Johnston on his second league start.

Ian Keatley will partner Duncan Williams at half-back in the clash which is a repeat of last season’s PRO12 final which the Warriors won convincingly at Kingspan Stadium.

In total, head coach Foley makes eight personnel changes from the side that defeated Ospreys over a fortnight ago for the round three clahs with the Scottish side. Full-back Felix Jones will again captain the side.

An all new front row sees James Cronin and Stephen Archer start on either side of Duncan Casey with Archer and Casey both making their first starts of the season. Archer also draws ever closer to the 100 cap milestone for the province and will make his 99th Munster appearance this weekend.

Mark Chisholm and Dave Foley again form the second-row partnership with the reintroduction of CJ Stander at number 8 the only change in the back row. Dave O’Callaghan and Jack O’Donoghue continue at 6 and 7 respectively.

The only change in the back-three sees Gerhard van den Heever make his first PRO12 appearance of the season, starting on the left wing. Andrew Conway continues on the right wing.

Tickets from €20 for Adults and €7 for Juniors can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.ie, from the Munster Rugby Ticket Offices at Thomond Park and Musgrave Park or by calling 0818 719 300.

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