Munster (v Zebre)

Guinness PRO12 Editor

25 Oct 2012


Five days after making his Heineken Cup debut off the bench for Munster in the game against Edinburgh, JJ Hanrahan will return to Thomond Park Stadium to make his first senior start when Italian side Zebre visit tomorrow night (7.45pm).

The twenty year old has been named as centre (inside) partner to Casey Laulala in a Munster starting XV that shows nine changes from the one that started last Sunday.

One of those changes is positional, Donnacha Ryan moving from blindside to lock in place of Paul O'Connell, while five others, including Hanrahan, were involved off the bench last weekend.

So this time around, Felix Jones starts ahead of Denis Hurley at full-back Duncan Williams for Conor Murray at scrum-half, while in the pack, Stephen Archer is in ahead of BJ Botha and Paddy Butler now wears the number 8 jersey with Peter O'Mahony who had it the last day operating at blindside tomorrow night.

Munster: Felix Jones; Luke O'Dea, Casey Laulala, JJ Hanrahan, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, Stephen Archer; Donncha O'Callaghan, Donncha Ryan; Dave O'Callaghan, Peter O'Mahony, Paddy Butler. Replacements: Damien Varley, Marcus Horan, BJ Botha; Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell; Conor Murray, Johne Murphy, Denis Hurley.


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