Munster name much-changed team to face Cardiff in Guinness PRO14

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent

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Munster name much-changed team to face Cardiff in Guinness PRO14

Calvin Nash is named on the wing for Munster in Saturday night's Guinness Pro14 clash with Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park, 7.35pm

HEAD Coach Johann van Graan has rung the changes for Munster’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Cardiff Blues on Saturday night at the Cardiff Arms Park, 7.35pm.

There are 11 changes to the side that defeated Ospreys last time out with the quartet of Jack O’Donoghue, Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly retaining their places in the starting line-up.

Waterford-man O’Donoghue, who is the only forward to remain in situ, captains the side for the second time in his career.

The all-new starting front row sees Jeremy Loughman and Kevin O’Byrne scrum down with Academy prop Keynan Knox on his first Guinness PRO14 start.

Darren O’Shea and Fineen Wycherley form the second row partnership, with Chris Cloete and Arno Botha completing the back row with O’Donoghue.

Alby Mathewson and JJ Hanrahan are the starting half-backs. Sammy Arnold makes his first start of the season as he joins Dan Goggin in midfield.

Alex Wootton is the new face in the back three as he overcomes a knee injury to make his first appearance on the wing since March.  With Wootton’s return and Nash on the opposite flank, Daly makes the positional switch for his first start at full-back this week.

Conor Oliver is set to make his first appearance of the season off the bench.

MUNSTER: Shane Daly; Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Keynan Knox; Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea; Jack O’Donoghue (Capt), Chris Cloete, Arno Botha. Replacements:  Diarmuid Barron, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Jed Holloway, Conor Oliver, Nick McCarthy, Tyler Bleyendaal, Rory Scannell.