Limerick Rugby

Graham relies on ‘star-studded’ bench to tame Warriors

THE ‘golden bench’ ploy has been put in place  once again as Munster name their match-day squad for their URC semi-final against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park on Saturday (6pm). 
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There are four personnel changes and one positional switch to the side that beat Ospreys in last week’s quarter-final.
Mike Haley and Alex Nankivell come into the backline as Simon Zebo moves to the wing with Fineen Wycherley and Jack O’Donoghue starting in the pack.
Haley, Shane Daly and Zebo are named in the back three as Nankivell returns from an ankle injury to renew his centre partnership with Antoine Frisch.
Craig Casey and Jack Crowley are the starting half-backs for the fifth game in succession.
Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer pack down in an unchanged front row with Fineen Wycherley and captain Tadhg Beirne in the engine room. Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett and Jack O’Donoghue complete the side.
On the subs bench Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan and Oli Jager provide the front row back-up with RG Snyman, Gavin Coombes and Alex Kendell encompleting the forward cover. Conor Murray and Seán O’Brien are the backline replacements in the 6/2 set-up.
On the injury front, Calvin Nash was unavailable due to a leg knock.
Munster: Mike Haley; Shane Daly, Antoine Frisch, Alex Nankivell, Simon Zebo; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Tadhg Beirne (C); Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett, Jack O’Donoghue.
Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan, Oli Jager, RG Snyman, Gavin Coombes, Conor Murray, Seán O’Brien, Alex Kendellen.

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