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Back in action.
The Munster team has been named for Saturday night’s Guinness PRO14 clash against Edinburgh at Murrayfield (7.35pm).
There are nine changes to the side that defeated Benetton last time out as Billy Holland captains the team on his 240th appearance for the province.
Holland joins Ronan O’Gara on 240 Munster appearances and is now joint second on the all-time list behind record-holder Donncha O’Callaghan (268 appearances).
Five of the players who signed contract extensions with the province this week are among the 23-man squad.
Andrew Conway returns to the side for his first appearance since December and is one of four returning Ireland internationals in the starting backline along with Craig Casey, Shane Daly and Chris Farrell.
Mike Haley is named at full-back with Conway and Daly on either flank. Damian de Allende is partnered by Farrell in the centres with JJ Hanrahan in the half-backs with Casey.
James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Holland in the engine room. Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete and Gavin Coombes form the back row.
Rory Scannell, who has made 138 appearances for the province, is in line to make his 100th PRO14 appearance off the bench.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Sullivan, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.