Carbery Starts As Munster Team Named For PRO14 Clash With Scarlets

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The Munster team has been named for Friday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Scarlets at Thomond Park. There are seven changes to the side that beat Connacht and secured a place in the Guinness PRO14 final last week.

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Joey Carbery makes his first start since January 2020 having made two appearances off the bench since returning from a long-term injury last month.

Calvin Nash, Damian de Allende, JJ Hanrahan, Nick McCarthy, Jean Kleyn and Jack O’Sullivan also come into the side. Mike Haley starts at full-back with Nash and Shane Daly on either flank.

There is a new-look centre partnership with Hanrahan and de Allende starting in midfield together for the first time. Carbery is joined by scrum-half McCarthy in the half-backs.

The front row of James Cronin, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer is unchanged. Kleyn joins captain Billy Holland in the second row with Fineen Wycherley moving to the back row alongside O’Sullivan and Gavin Coombes.

Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Damian de Allende, JJ Hanrahan, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Nick McCarthy; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Sullivan, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Thomas Ahern, Alex Kendellen, Paddy Patterson, Jack Crowley, Darren Sweetnam.