Munster face Ulster in their last round game of the season on Saturday in Thomond Park, and with the squad's strength in depth Munster Head Coach Rob Penney has made a total of 10 personnel changes to the starting line-up that comprehensively defeated Edinburgh last weekend.
In the front row Dave Kilcoyne and Damien Varley come in for James Cronin and Duncan Casey respectively with John Ryan retaining his place at tight-head. Duncan Casey, who was replaced after 30 minutes against Edinburgh, met with a specialist yesterday and is undergoing surgery today on his right shoulder.
Dave Foley teams up with Paul O'Connell in the second row while Paddy Butler moves from 8 to 6 with Sean Dougall and no.8 James Coughlan completing the back row.
Duncan Williams starts alongside Ian Keatley in the half backs, while the midfield sees the return of James Downey and Casey Laulala. Simon Zebo switches back to the 11 jersey with Gerhard van den Heever on the opposite wing, and Felix Jones occupies the full back position having sat out last weekend's Edinburgh encounter.
Munster: Felix Jones; Gerhard van den Heever, Casey Laulala, James Downey, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley Capt., John Ryan; Dave Foley, Paul O'Connell; Paddy Butler, Sean Dougall, James Coughlan. Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, James Cronin, Alan Cotter, Billy Holland, Tommy O'Donnell, Conor Murray, JJ Hanrahan, Keith Earls.
Munster v Ulster, Saturday May 10th, ko 6.30pm: Tickets are on sale for this game, available online from munsterrugby.ie, and will be on sale on match-day from the Mobile Ticket Unit at Hassett's Cross from 9am and from the West Stand Ticket booth from 4.30pm.
Fans will have the opportunity to bid farewell and acknowledge retiree Niall Ronan when he is pitch-side for a pre-match Q&A and at half-time the Munster Rugby Supporters Club will present a cheque for €140,000 to the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy.
Head Coach Anthony Foley has named a strong side to face Connacht in Round 18 of the Guinness PRO12 at Thomond Park tomorrow (5.15pm), again naming Denis Hurley as captain and including a number of returning internationals in the side.