Anthony Foley makes seven changes for visit of Glasgow
Connacht boss Pat Lam brings in Tiernan O’Halloran and Niyi Adeolokun for Treviso
Tiernan O’Halloran will make his first Connacht start of the season against Bennetton Treviso on Sunday. Photograph:INPHO
Anthony Foley has made seven changes for Munster’s Pro 12 fixture against Glasgow Warriors at Musgrave Park on Saturday night.
Denis Hurley is set to lead the province for the third consecutive game, while John Ryan, BJ Botha and Eusebio Guinazu all come in to form a new look frontrow.
Jack O’Donoghue and Sean Dougall come in to join CJ Stander in the backrow, and Ronan O’Mahony and JJ Hanrahan start in the back three alongside Andrew Conway.
Ian Keatley resumes his outhalf duties, while Keith Earls continues is comeback in the centre.
Ahead of the encounter at the Sportsground Lam said: “After two good performances off the bench, Tiernan (O’Halloran) certainly deserves his start on Sunday. He brought a lot of intensity when introduced in the last two games and his leadership and communication skills are a big asset in a very young back line.
Mils (Muliaina) was close to playing this week but we decided not to take the risk and so Niyi (Adeolokun) gets his opportunity on Sunday.
Munster: JJ Hanrahan; Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Denis Hurley Capt., Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; John Ryan, Eusebio Guinazu, BJ Botha; Donncha O’Callaghan, Billy Holland; Jack O’Donoghue, Sean Dougall, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Paddy Butler, Neil Cronin, Andrew Smith, Ivan Dineen.
Connacht: O’Halloran; Adeolokun, Poolman, McSharry, Healy; Ronaldson, Cooney; Buckley, McCartney, White, Roux, Muldowney, Muldoon, Heenan, Masterson.
Replacements: Delahunt, Loughney, Ah You, Kearney, Naoupu, Porter, Carty, Finn.