Munster make five changes ahead of Cardiff Blues game

Four of the changes come in the pack

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Munster's Ian Keatley and Tavis Knoyle of Cardiff Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Head Coach Anthony Foley makes five changes from the side that defeated Dragons for tomorrow night's Pro12 Round 12 re-fixture away to Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff Arms Park.

James Cronin and Mike Sherry both return to the starting XV and join John Ryan in the front row with Dave Foley resuming his partnership in the second row with Billy Holland who again captains the side.

The return of Robin Copeland at number 8 sees Jack O'Donoghue switch to blindside and Dave O'Callaghan move to openside. In the final change, winger Ronan O'Mahony has successfully overcome a hamstring complaint to re-join the back-three.  Darren Sweetnam remains on the opposite flank as does Andrew Conway at full-back.

In the final change, winger Ronan O'Mahony has successfully overcome a hamstring complaint to re-join the back-three.  Darren Sweetnam remains on the opposite flank as does Andrew Conway at full-back.

Duncan Williams and Ian Keatley again take charge at half-back with Rory Scannell and Francis Saili continuing in midfield.

Should he feature from the bench, academy second row Sean McCarthy will make his first Pro12 appearance. McCarthy has made 12 appearances for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup and started every game of this season's campaign.

Munster team and replacements to face Cardiff Blues:

(15-9): Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam, Francis Saili, Rory Scannell, Ronan O'Mahony; Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams.

(1-8): James Cronin, Mike Sherry, John Ryan, Dave Foley, Billy Holland (capt), Jack O'Donoghue, Dave O'Callaghan, Robin Copeland.

Replacements (16-23): Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Sean McCarthy, Jordan Coghlan, Cathal Sheridan, Johnny Holland, David Johnston.