Tommy O’Donnell returns to Munster side for Glasgow trip

Donnacha Ryan and James Cronin also back for fixture against Pro 12 champions

Tommy O’Donnell has been named in Munster’s starting line-up for Friday night’s trip to play Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

Tommy O’Donnell has been named in Munster’s starting line-up for Friday night’s trip to play Glasgow. Photograph: Inpho

 

Tommy O’Donnell, Donnacha Ryan and James Cronin have all been made available for Munster’s trip to play Glasgow Warriors on Friday night.

The trio havebeen released from Ireland duty so they can feature for the province, with Anthony Foley’s side in danger of slipping out of the Pro 12 top six.

O’Donnell, who started Ireland’s draw with Wales and came on as a first half substitute for Sean O’Brien in the defeat to France, comes into the pack along with Ryan.

They are two of five changes to the first team made by Foley, with Niall Scannell coming in at hooker, Tomás O’Leary starting at scrumhalf and academy centre David Johnston joining Rory Scannell in midfield.

Defending champions Glasgow have also been able to recall a number of internationals, with Sean Lamont and Duncan Weir returning to their starting line-up.

The fixture has been moved to Kilmarnock’s football ground, Rugby Park, with Scotstoun currently waterlogged.

Munster: Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, David Johnston, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Tomás O’Leary; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland - capt.; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, Robin Copeland.

Replacements: Mike Sherry, James Cronin, Mario Sagario, Dave Foley, Conor Oliver, Duncan Williams, Johnny Holland, Cian Bohane.

Glasgow Warriors: Peter Murchie, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Glenn Bryce, Peter Horne, Sean Lamont, Duncan Weir, Ali Price; Gordon Reid, James Malcolm, Sila Puafisi, Tim Swinson, Leone Nakarawa, Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro, Josh Strauss.

Replacements: Cammy Fenton, Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Zander Fagerson, Greg Peterson, Simone Favaro, Grayson Hart, Fraser Lyle, Rory Hughes

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