Nine Munster changes to tackle Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

Nine Munster changes to tackle Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

Dan Goggin continues in the centre for Munster

THERE are nine changes to the Munster team to face Guinness PRO14 Conference A rivals Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday night.

Head Coach Johann van Graan has opted for change in all sectors for the tie, which has a 6.35pm start, Irish time, and it live on Sky Sports.

From the side that defeated the Southern Kings 39-22 in George last Saturday night, Simon Zebo, Andrew Conway, Sam Arnold, Darren Sweetnam, Brian Scott, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony, Jack O’Donoghue and Robin Copeland all come into the line-up.

Zebo starts at full-back with Conway and Sweetnam on either flank while in the centre Arnold joins Dan Goggin, who scored his first Munster try last week.

JJ Hanrahan moves from full back to out half for the clash with James Hart at scrum-half.

Versatile prop Brian Scott makes his second start of the season, his first at loosehead, as Niall Scannell and John Ryan maintain their places in the front row with Ryan set to make his 120th appearance for the province.

Holland returns to partner Gerbrandt Grobler in the engine room and it’s all change in the back row as captain O’Mahony, O’Donoghue and Copeland are all back in the starting team.

Rhys Marshall, Dave Kilcoyne and Stephen Archer provide the front row cover with Dave O’Callaghan and Conor Oliver completing the forward replacements.

Conor Murray, Ian Keatley and Rory Scannell are the backline substitutes.

Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, James Hart; Brian Scott, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Gerbrandt Grobler, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony, Jack O’Donoghue, Robin Copeland. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Conor Oliver, Conor Murray, Ian Keatley, Rory Scannell.