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Ian Keatley comes in for Bleyendaal for Saturday’s game

(Ian Keatley, right, with Damian Varley)
YOUNG Munster’s Ian Keatley will start for the province tomorrow. It is the only change made by Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus from the side that defeated Benetton Rugby for the Guinness PRO14 clash with Cheetahs at Thomond Park (5.15pm).
Keatley comes in for Tyler Bleyendaal at out half with second row Billy Holland taking charge as captain this weekend. Following strong showings in round one, the Greencore Munster Academy duo of loosehead Liam O’Connor and blindside Sean O’Connor retain their starting positions.
In naming a strong bench, Erasmus includes no less than five returning internationals with Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo all likely to see their first action of the new season.
Fullback Andrew Conway will make his 100th Guinness PRO14 appearance, as will Kilcoyne should he appear off the bench.
Munster: Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam, Chris Farrell, Jaco Taute, Alex Wootton; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams; Liam O’Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland – capt.; Sean O’Connor, Tommy O’Donnell, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, John Ryan, Fineen Wycherley, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo.
Cheetahs: Clayton Blommetjies; Sergeal Petersen, Francois Venter (Captain), William Small-Smith, Makazole Mapimpi; Robbie Petzer, Shaun Venter; Charles Marais, Jacques du Toit, Johan Coetzee; Rynier Bernardo, Reniel Hugo;Paul Schoeman, Henco Venter,Niell Jordaan
Replacements, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Ox Nche, Tom Botha, Armandt Koster, Gerhard Olivier, Tian Meyer, Ali Mgijima, Ryno Benjamin.
Tickets will be available from the ticket office in Thomond Park on matchday from 9am, and are also available to buy online on Ticketmaster.ie.
Ticket prices from: Adults €20; Families €40; Juniors €7.

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