Munster look to maintain good form against Cardiff

Anthony Foley’s men are four points off the Pro12 playoff places

Munster number eight Robin Copeland on the charge against Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Munster number eight Robin Copeland on the charge against Newport Gwent Dragons. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

 

Cardiff v Munster, Cardiff Arms Park, Friday, 7.15pm

Munster make five changes for their visit to Cardiff with James Cronin and Mike Sherry returning to the pack and Dave Foley slotting in to partner captain Billy Holland in the secondrow.

Robin Copeland comes in at number eight forcing a backrow reshuffle, while winger Ronan O’Mahony has overcome his hamstring complaint to join the back three. Academy secondrow and Kerry native Seán McCarthy will make his Pro12 debut if he comes off the bench.

While Cardiff have won just once in their last four league outings, Munster are looking for their third win in a row. They haven’t lost in the Cardiff Arms Park since 2009, a streak Foley would dearly wish to continue.

Swing

These are the matches Munster need to win if they want to belong in the playoff mix. They are just four points shy of fourth-placed Ulster and there’s really just a one match swing in it.

Second Captains

Foley will travel buoyed by the fact his short-term future with the club is secure having signed a one-year contract during the week.

USA secondrow Cam Dolan starts for Cardiff and is one of six changes to the Cardiff side that lost to Glasgow last time out. Four of those changes are in the pack.

“We know the size of the challenge; Munster have been one of the best sides in the Guinness PRO12 and Europe over a number of years so it’s a big test,” said Cardiff coach Danny Wilson.

CARDIFF: D Fish; A Summerhill, G Smith, R Lee-Lo, B Scully; R Patchell, L Williams; B Thyer, M Rees (c), S Ma’afu, CDolan, J Turnbull, M Cook, E Jenkins, J Navidi. Replacements: K Dacey, T Davies, T Filise, L Reed, M Vosawai, L Jones, J Evans, G Evans

MUNSTER: A Conway; D Sweetnam, F Saili, R Scannell, R O’Mahony; I Keatley, D Williams; J Cronin, M Sherry, J Ryan; D Foley, B Holland (C) J O’Donoghue, D O’Callaghan, R Copeland. Replacements: N Scannell, D Kilcoyne, S Archer, S McCarthy, J Coghlan, C Sheridan, J Holland, D Johnston.

Referee: D Wilkinson (IRFU)

Verdict: Munster

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