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JJ and James will link up for PRO14 game v Zebre

SUNDAY’S Guinness PRO14 game in Parma will give a number of Munster squad players a chance to impress their new coach. It will be Johaan Graan’s first game in charge following his appointment as replacement for Rassie Erasmus.
The game is being shown at 1.30pm Irish time, live on Sky Sports.
James Hart makes his first start for Munster at scrum-half in place of the injured Duncan Williams following his summer move from Racing 92. After scoring his first two tries for Munster off the bench against Dragons, Sam Arnold is promoted to the starting XV in place of Chris Farrell, who starts for Ireland against Argentina tomorrow.
Darren Sweetnam returns from international duty to take his place on the wing after making his Ireland debut against South Africa and scoring his first international try against Fiji.
Simon Zebo maintains his place at full-back with Alex Wootton on the left wing and Rory Scannell at inside centre as JJ Hanrahan, who was 100% off the tee with seven from seven last time out, partners Hart in the half-backs.
There are no changes to the forwards as Billy Holland captains the side having started every single game of Munster’s campaign thus far.
Academy scrum-half Jack Stafford of Shannon is in line to make his Munster debut off the bench with fellow Academy man Calvin Nash and out-half Bill Johnston also among the replacements.
Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott and Ciaran Parker provide the front row cover with Darren O’Shea set to make his second senior appearance of the campaign as Academy lock Sean O’Connor completes the forward cover.
Munster: Simon Zebo; Darren Sweetnam, Sam Arnold, Rory Scannell, Alex Wootton; JJ Hanrahan, James Hart; Liam O’Connor, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Robin Copeland.
Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Brian Scott, Ciaran Parker, Darren O’Shea, Sean O’Connor, Jack Stafford, Bill Johnston, Calvin Nash.
VIDEO: New Head Coach Johann van Graan joined the province this week linking up with Forwards Coach Jerry Flannery and Backline & Attack Coach Felix Jones in preparing the squad for Sunday’s clash.

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