Conway returns as Munster name strong team to face Edinburgh

Andrew Conway will start for Munster for the first time since the 13th of December this Saturday evening away to Edinburgh (KO 19:35).

Guinness PRO14, Irish Independent Park, Cork 15/2/2019 Munster vs Isuzu Southern Kings Munster’s Darren Sweetnam celebrates scoring a try with Andrew Conway Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

The winger is one of four Ireland squad members involved this weekend as Craig Casey, Chris Farrell and Shane Daly also feature. Gavin Coombes was released from the international set-up last week and starts at number eight for Johann Van Graan’s side.

Billy Holland captains the side on what will be his 240th appearance for Munster, drawing him level with Ronan O’Gara. Only Donnacha O’Callaghan has played for the province more often (268 appearances).

Jean Kleyn returns from suspension to partner the 35 year-old in the second row where they will support the strong scrummaging frontrow of James Cronin, Niall Scannell and John Ryan.

The ever reliable Rory Scannell is in line to make his 100th PRO14 appearance off the bench.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; JJ Hanrahan, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Fineen Wycherley, Jack O’Sullivan, Nick McCarthy, Ben Healy, Rory Scannell.

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