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Munster name team to face Ulster in Pro14

Thursday, 20th December, 2018 12:20pm
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Munster name team to face Ulster in Pro14

Jaco Taute will skipper Munster against Ulster. PHOTO: BRIDGET DELANEY

Munster name team to face Ulster in Pro14

Jaco Taute will skipper Munster against Ulster. PHOTO: BRIDGET DELANEY

Jaco Taute captains Munster for the first time as Head Coach Johann van Graan makes 13 changes to his side from the side that lost to Castres last Saturday for this Friday's Guinness Pro14 Inter-provincial derby with Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill (7.35pm kick-off).

Mike Haley keeps his place at full-back with Darren Sweetnam returning from an injury sustained on international duty last month to start on the right wing with Alex Wootton on the opposite flank. 

Sammy Arnold keeps his place at outside centre and partners Taute in midfield with Alby Mathewson and JJ Hanrahan in the half-backs.

Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne and Stephen Archer pack down in the front row as Jean Kleyn returns from injury to partner Darren O’Shea in the engine room.

Conor Oliver makes his first start of the campaign having missed the early stages of the season through injury and is joined in the back row by Fineen Wycherley and Arno Botha. Fit-again Tommy O’Donnell takes his place among the replacements along with Academy duo Gavin Coombes and Shane Daly.

Munster: Mike Haley; Darren Sweetnam, Sammy Arnold, Jaco Taute (C), Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Darren O’Shea; Fineen Wycherley, Conor Oliver, Arno Botha.

Reps: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Gavin Coombes, Tommy O’Donnell, Neil Cronin, Bill Johnston, Shane Daly.


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