Arnold and Marshall start for Munster against Treviso

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Arnold and Marshall start for Munster against Treviso

MUNSTER have made seven changes from the side which defeated the New Zealand Maoris for Saturday’s Guinness PRO12 with Treviso at Thomond Park, 2pm.

Centre Sam Arnold and hooker Rhys Marshall will make their first starts for the province in the Pro12 fixture which is not being televised live.

Back-rower Tommy O'Donnell will once again captain the side following the province’s victory over the Maoris.

Among the returning international contingent for the Round 9 clash are Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Jack O'Donoghue, and Billy Holland.

Dave Foley and centre Arnold have overcome their respective elbow and knee injuries to take their places in the starting line-up.

Named amongst the replacements, prop Thomas du Toit and scrum half Angus Lloyd are included in their first matchday squads, with second row Jean Kleyn also included after successfully rehabbing an ankle injury.

An all-new front row sees Kilcoyne and Ryan start on either side of New Zealand hooker Marshall.

In the second row, the fit-again Foley returns to partner Darren O'Shea in the PRO12 for the first time, while in the back row, O'Donnell reverts to openside, O'Donoghue comes in at blindside with Robin Copeland continuing at number 8.

O'Donnell will make his 99th Pro12 appearance this weekend.

Duncan Williams and Tyler Bleyendaal resume their partnership in the half backs with another new pairing seen in midfield where debutant Arnold starts alongside Jaco Taute.

There are no further changes with Ronan O'Mahony, Darren Sweetnam and fullback Andrew Conway again forming the back three.

MUNSTER: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Jaco Taute, Ronan O'Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Dave Foley, Darren O'Shea; Jack O'Donoghue, Tommy O'Donnell - capt., Robin Copeland. Replacements: Niall Scannell, Thomas du Toit, Stephen Archer, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland, Angus Lloyd, Ian Keatley, Alex Wootton.