Duncan Williams to make his 100th Pro12 appearance for Munster this weekend

The team sees five changes ahead of the Ulster game

BY Newstalk 12:34 Thursday 27 October 2016, 12:34 27 Oct 2016

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Rassie Erasmus has made five changes for Friday's return to Guinness Pro12 action against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

One change is made to the pack with Jack O'Donoghue starting at number 8 while across the backline Duncan Williams and Ian Keatley form the half-back partnership with Ronan O'Mahony and Andrew Conway both returning to the back-three. Tomorrow's game will also see Williams make his 100th Pro12 appearance.

Should they feature from the bench, academy hooker Vincent O'Brien and Young Munster scrum-half Abrie Griesel will make their senior debuts for the province.

Achieving interprovincial success with Munster U20 last season, O'Brien represented Ireland at this year's World Rugby U20 Championship while Griesel, a former South Africa U20 representative, has trained with the squad in recent months.

A number of internationals are unavailable for selection, and in managing player load Tyler Bleyendaal will also miss the round 7 encounter.

Munster team and replacements to face Ulster:

(15-9): Andrew Conway; Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams.

(1-8): Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O'Mahony Capt., Tommy O'Donnell, Jack O'Donoghue.

Replacements (16-23): Vincent O'Brien, Brian Scott, Stephen Archer, Darren O'Shea, Robin Copeland, Abriel Griesel, Alex Wootton, Dan Goggin.


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