Tommy O'Donnell back from injury to captain Munster rugby team

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Tommy O'Donnell back from injury to captain Munster rugby team

Tommy O'Donnell returns

TOMMY O'Donnell captains Munster on his return from injury for Friday's clash against London Irish at Irish Independent Park  in Cork.

The first game in the Kearys Renault Series has a 7.30pm start.

The game will see Munster play on the new modified 3G pitch for the first time.

Ireland international O’Donnell captains Munster for the first time since leading the province to a win over the Maori All Blacks in November 2016.

New signings Neil Cronin and Mike Haley are among the replacements.

Stephen Fitzgerald starts at full-back with Calvin Nash and Darren Sweetnam on the flanks.

Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin team up in the centres with James Hart and JJ Hanrahan providing the half-back pairing.

Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne and Brian Scott make up the front row with Fineen Wycherley and Darren O’Shea in the engine room.

Dave O’Callaghan, O’Donnell and academy player Gavin Coombes form the back row.

Prop Cronan Gleeson, who has trained with the squad during pre-season, is among the front row replacements alongside Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry and Ciaran Parker.

Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn and Academy players Sean O’Connor and Jack Daly complete the forward cover.

Neil Cronin and Mike Haley are among the backline replacements along with Ian Keatley and Academy trio Jack Stafford, Alex McHenry and Liam Coombes.

Cronan Gleeson, Jack Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes and Mike Haley are set to make their first senior appearances for Munster in the clash.

MUNSTER: Stephen Fitzgerald; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam; JJ Hanrahan, James Hart; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Dave O’Callaghan, Tommy O’Donnell, Gavin Coombes. Replacements: Mike Sherry, Cronan Gleeson, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn, Sean O’Connor, Jack Daly, Neil Cronin, Jack Stafford, Ian Keatley, Shane Daly, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes, Mike Haley.