Team News: Munster opt for experience in Zebre dead-rubber

Munster Rugby have named their side to take on Zebre in the final game of the season.

14 May 2021; Peter O’Mahony of Munster during the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup match between Munster and Connacht at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It was yesterday confirmed that Munster would not have the chance to qualify for the Rainbow Cup Final after Benetton were handed a walk-over versus Ospreys. However, the men in red must still fulfill their fixture against Zebre tomorrow evening to conclude the season.

Head Coach Johann van Graan said: “We’re looking forward to our final game of the season.

“Ideally, we would love to still be in with a chance to play for a final but it’s not to be and while guys were disappointed, we still have a competitive game to play.

“No different to any opportunity we get, the lads will want to play for each other and put in a performance and finish the season out on a high.

“We’ve again mixed the side with a good balance of experienced and younger players so it’s another 80 minutes of rugby, and with some players competing for Irish selection also there are plenty of motivating factors.

“For CJ and Mike it was just a case of running out of time and it’s important they and their injuries take the time to heal following last weekend’s accident.”

Munster: Matt Gallagher; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Liam Coombes; Joey Carbery, Craig Casey; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Liam O’Connor, Roman Salanoa, Thomas Ahern, Billy Holland, Nick McCarthy, Jake Flannery, Chris Cloete.

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