Munster are back in Guinness PRO14 action this weekend as we travel to Italy for a clash with Benetton in Treviso. Guinness Pro14: Benetton v Munster, Stadio Monigo, Treviso, Kick-off: 6pm local time (5pm Irish). On TV: Live on eir Sport.
Munster seek to return to winning ways after last week’s disappointing defeat by Leinster and extend their 11-point lead atop Conference B against the winless Benetton in Treviso this evening. Only Mike Haley and Gavin Coombes are retained from last week’s line-up, the latter switching to ‘8’, as Ben Healy is handed the outhalf jersey and JJ Hanrahan is joined by Damian de Allende on the bench.
Academy prop Josh Wycherley and his brother Fineen start together for the first time with the Scannell brothers, Niall and Rory, and Coombes cousins Gavin and Liam.
Summer signing from Leinster, Roman Salanoa, makes his first start, and understudying the former Leinster scrumhalf Nick McCarthy is Paddy Patterson, the on-loan Leinster academy player.
Billy Holland assumes the captaincy alongside Fineen Wycherley, in the absence of the suspended Jean Kleyn, with Thomas Ahern, the athletic 6ft 9in, 20-year-old Academy lock from Waterford, in line for his fourth appearance.