Foley rings the changes as he names his Munster team to face Leicester

The Munster manager has decided to make nine changes to the side that last to the Newport Gwent Dragons

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Conor Murray. Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

A difficult task awaits Munster this weekend in the European Champions Cup, and after two losses on the bounce in the Pro12, Anthony Foley has decided to make a number of changes.

The head coach has switched nine players after the loss to Newport Gwent Dragons, as he looks set to act on his comments in the wake of that game where he said he was going to "stop the rot". 

Those are harsh words from the coach, but he also has a number of his first choice players back in the fold to help push the squad on to another level. 

&In the front row James Cronin and BJ Botha return to scrum down on either side of hooker Niall Scannell who makes his first European appearance this weekend.

The returning Donnacha Ryan joins Dave Foley in the second row while Robin Copeland and CJ Stander are named alongside Dave O'Callaghan in the back row.

A changed half-back pairing sees Conor Murray and Ian Keatley renew their partnership after Murray successfully rehabbed a bruised bone he sustained during the round one encounter against Treviso.

The further changes to the backline see Francis Saili, Keith Earls and Andrew Conway all named. Francis Saili starts with Denis Hurley in midfield while Simon Zebo is joined by Keith Earls and Andrew Conway in the back three.

The team in full is:

(15-9): Andrew Conway; Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Denis Hurley, Simon Zebo; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray;

(1-8): James Cronin, Niall Scannell, BJ Botha; Dave Foley, Donnacha Ryan; Robin Copeland, Dave O'Callaghan, CJ Stander (Captain)

Replacements: (16-23) Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Mark Chisholm, Jack O'Donoghue, Tomás O'Leary, Tyler Bleyendaal, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.