Flanker John Hodnett will make his Munster debut in their Guinness PRO14 match against the Southern Kings tomorrow evening.

A Grand Slam winner with Ireland under-20s last season, he's been selected in a back-row which also includes Jack O’Donoghue and Arno Botha.

Mike Haley, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly make up the back three.

Chris Farrell joins Dan Goggin in midfield with JJ Hanrahan selected at out-half and Neil Cronin in the nine shirt for the game at Cork's Irish Independent Park.

James Cronin, Niall Scannell, and John Ryan form an all Irish international front-row with Fineen Wycherley and captain Billy Holland in the second-row.

Holland skippers the side on the occasion of his 226th appearance for the province.

Two Academy players are among the replacements, prop Keynan Knox and out-half Ben Healy.

Munster go into tomorrow evening's game four points behind Conference leaders Edinburgh.

Munster v Southern Kings: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Chris Farrell, Dan Goggin, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Neil Cronin; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, John Hodnett, Arno Botha.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Keynan Knox, Gavin Coombes, Chris Cloete, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

 

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