Gallagher Returns At Full-Back For In-Form Munster – Irish Rugby


The Munster group chosen to host Connacht at Thomond Park on Friday (kick-off 6pm) reveals 9 adjustments to the aspect that defeated Ulster final week.

As they appear to make it three derby wins on the trot within the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup, the Reds make 9 adjustments to the beginning XV.

The fit-again Matt Gallagher, Damian de Allende, Ben Healy, Craig Casey, James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland and CJ Stander all come into the aspect.

Gallagher makes his first begin since injuring his shoulder towards Zebre in November. The 21-year-old is called at full-back having made his return to motion off the bench in March.

Wingers Andrew Conway, who ran within the sixth and remaining strive towards Ulster, and Shane Daly are retained. De Allende joins Dan Goggin within the centre.

Academy out-half Ben Healy, who turns 22 subsequent month, begins on his seventeenth look of the season with Casey additionally resuming at scrum half.

Cronin, Marshall and John Ryan kind the entrance row trio this week, with the retiring Billy Holland making his 246th Munster look at lock alongside Jean Kleyn.

Captain Peter O’Mahony has Stander and Gavin Coombes for firm within the again row, whereas Conor Murray is in line to make his a hundred and fiftieth Munster look off the bench.

Jack O’Donoghue, Joey Carbery, who kicked 10 factors within the current victory over Leinster, and Keith Earls present further firepower among the many replacements.

Talking about Munster’s progress within the new competitors, head coach Johann van Graan stated: “It’s good to get a whole efficiency (close to final week’s win over Ulster). We transformed our alternatives.

“I believed our breakdown work was glorious on either side of the ball. That’s an enormous a part of our DNA and one thing that we are going to hold going again to. I believed a few of our part assaults and choices have been very, excellent.

“The one factor that we shouldn’t miss (singling out) when you have a look at our final two video games is our defence. We conceded three factors towards Leinster and 10 versus Ulster.

“Towards two sides that received 14 out of 16 matches within the league part the identical as ourselves, so we conceded 13 factors within the final 160 minutes. There’s a lot to be constructive about.”

MUNSTER (v Connacht): Matt Gallagher; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Damian de Allende, Shane Daly; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland, Gavin Coombes, Peter O’Mahony (capt), CJ Stander.

Replacements: Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Tadhg Beirne, Jack O’Donoghue, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Keith Earls.

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