O’Connell set to make seasonal bow
Felix Jones is named on the bench for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery
Paul O’Connell. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
When introduced it will be O’Connell’s first game since breaking his arm while playing for the Lions against Australia in the first test last June.
Keith Earls shifts in from the wing to start in the number 13 jersey in a new centre partnership with Ivan Dineen. Felix Jones is also in line to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from shoulder surgery as he is named on the bench.
Munster: Johne Murphy; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Ivan Dineen, Simon Zebo; JJ Hanrahan, Cathal Sheridan; James Cronin, Damien Varley, John Ryan; Donncha O’Callaghan, Dave Foley; Peter O’Mahony (Capt.), Sean Dougall, Paddy Butler. Replacements: Mike Sherry, David Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Paul O’Connell, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Ian Keatley, Felix Jones.