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Ryan and Ryan start for final pool game

PROP John Ryan and second-row Donnacha Ryan will start for Munster on Sunday in their final game of Pool 4 of the European Champions Cup against Treviso. The Corkman has just signed a three year contract with the province while also committing himself to the reds is full-back Andrew Conway (pictured) who is on a two year contract.
Munster coach Anthony Foley will be keeping his fingers crossed that his side can finish in style with a bonus point win that would put a better gloss on their European performances. He has held faith with 13 of the side that started against Stade Francais last week-end and it will be interesting to see of the Irish province can again deliver with a second fluent performance in a row. Treviso have struggled in this competition and with little to play for, a win for the visitors will be expected to win with something to spare.

Benetton Treviso v Munster Rugby
Sunday, 24 January
Kick off: 14:00
Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Referee: Alexandre Ruiz (France), Assistant ref: Cedric Marchat (France), Assistant ref: Tual Trainini (France), TMO: Philippe Bonhoure (France), Citing Commissioner: Iain Goodall (Scotland)
Benetton Treviso: Jayden Hayward; Andrea Pratichetti, Enrico Bacchin, Alberto Sgarbi, Simone Ragusi; James Ambrosini, Alberto Lucchese; Matteo Zanusso, Ornel Gega, Simone Ferrari, Marco Fuser, Jean-François Montauriol, Marco Lazzaroni, Alessandro Zanni (c), Abraham Jurgens Steyn
Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Andrea De Marchi, Salesi Manu, Tom Palmer, Marco Barbini, Tommaso Iannone, Samuel Christie, Luke McLean

Munster Rugby: Simon Zebo; Keith Earls, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Conor Murray; Dave Kilcoyne, Mike Sherry, John Ryan, Dave Foley, Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland, Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander (c)
Replacements: Niall Scannell, James Cronin, Mario Sagario, Robin Copeland, Mark Chisholm, Jack O’Donoghue, Tomas O’Leary, Gerhard van den Heever.

Head Coach Mick O’Driscoll makes just three changes from the side that suffered defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie in Round 5 of the British & Irish Cup.  Tomorrow sees Munster A bid for a place in the knock-out stages when they welcome London Scottish to CBC Lansdowne, Cork – KO 2pm.

Following his European debut against Stade Francis at Thomond Park last weekend, academy loosehead Liam O’Connor returns to the Munster A fold to start in the front row.  Hooker Kevin O’Byrne also returns to the starting line-up with Peter McCabe remaining in situ at tighthead.

In an otherwise unchanged pack, Shannon’s Lee Nicholas and the academy’s Sean McCarthy continue in the second row, as do Jordan Coghlan, Sean Doyle and captain Shane Buckley in the back row.

The final change comes on the left wing with Darren Sweetnam promoted to a starting position.

Duncan Williams and Johnny Holland remain at half-back as do Cian Bohane and Dan Goggin in mid-field, with academy winger Stephen Fitzgerald continuing on the right wing.

Academy full-back David Johnston will again take charge at full-back.

Should he feature from the bench tomorrow, academy full-back/wing Steven McMahon will make his first B&I Cup appearance.

Munster A: David Johnston; Stephen Fitzgerald, Dan Goggin, Cian Bohane, Darren Sweetnam; Johnny Holland, Duncan Williams; Liam O’Connor, Kevin O’Byrne, Peter McCabe; Lee Nicholas, Sean McCarthy; Jordan Coghlan, Sean Doyle, Shane Buckley – capt.

Replacements: Eddie Rossiter, Brian Scott, Ollie Lyons, Conor Oliver, Ryan Foley, Ned Hodson, Steven McMahon.
Munster A v London Scottish, British & Irish Cup Round 6, Saturday January 23rd at CBC Lansdowne, Cork – KO 2pm.

Tickets are available to purchase at the gate.
Ticket Prices: Adults €10; Juniors €3; Family Pack €20 (2 adults & 2 juniors)

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