Ben Healy Starts As Munster Team Named For PRO14 Clash With Edinburgh At Thomond Park
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The Munster side has been named for Saturday’s Round 2 Guinness PRO14 game against Edinburgh at Thomond Park. There are seven changes to the side that defeated Scarlets in the thrilling opening round encounter in Wales.
Last week’s match-winner, Academy outhalf Ben Healy, starts at 10 this weekend as he joins Craig Casey in the half backs. There is a new midfield pairing with Alex McHenry, making his first Guinness PRO14 start, named alongside Rory Scannell.
In the back three Matt Gallagher makes his Munster debut on the left-wing joining Andrew Conway and Mike Haley. Jeremy Loughman comes into the front row to pack down with Rhys Marshall and John Ryan while Fineen Wycherley joins Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.
The back-row change sees Tommy O’Donnell included with Jack O’Donoghue making the move to blindside, and CJ Stander captains the side from number 8.
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In the replacements, Roman Salanoa and academy outhalf Jack Crowley are in line to make their Munster debuts, while Conor Murray and Dan Goggin return from respective thigh and ankle injuries to be included.
Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Alex McHenry, Rory Scannell, Matt Gallagher; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne; Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (C).
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, James Cronin, Roman Salanoa, Gavin Coombes, John Hodnett, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Dan Goggin.