Munster and Ulster name teams for Thomond Park clash
Alby Mathewson makes his Munster debut, as Andrew Warwick set to win 100th cap
Alby Mathewson during Munster training at UL. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Captain Peter O’Mahony, O’Donnell and CJ Stander complete the side.
Meanwhile Ulster prop Andrew Warwick will reach the 100 cap milestone, with fellow Ballymena RFC clubman Adam McBurney selected for his first start of the season beside him at hooker. Ross Kane completes the front row.
Alan O’Connor will captain the side from the secondrow, with Iain Henderson returning to partner him in the engine room.
John Cooney returns from the scalp laceration sustained in the win over Southern Kings a fortnight ago to join Billy Burns at halfback. Angus Curtis will also earn his first start of the season, as he is given the nod to partner Darren Cave in midfield.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Alby Mathewson; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Tadhg Beirne, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (capt), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander.
Ulster: Peter Nelson; Craig Gilroy, Darren Cave, Angus Curtis, Angus Kernohan; Billy Burns, John Cooney; Andrew Warwick, Adam McBurney, Ross Kane; Alan O’Connor (capt), Iain Henderson; Matthew Rea, Nick Timoney, Jean Deysel.