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Published: 14:21 | 28/4/16

Changes for Connacht and Munster


There are five changes to the Munster team for Friday's Guinness PRO12 clash with Edinburgh.

Head coach Anthony Foley has made just one change to the backs with Andrew Conway coming into the back three, joining Keith Earls on the wing as Simon Zebo remains at full-back.

Rory Scannell and Francis Saili continue their partnership in midfield as Conor Murray and Johnny Holland start in the half-back line.

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, Dave Foley and Dave O'Callaghan all return to the starting XV.

Kilcoyne and Scannell join Stephen Archer in the front row as Foley starts alongside Billy Holland in the second row. O'Callaghan comes in at number six with his return resulting in CJ Stander switching to number 8. Tommy O'Donnell completes the back row.

Munster (XV v Edinburgh): S Zebo; A Conway, F Saili, R Scannell, K Earls; J Holland, C Murray, D Kilcoyne, N Scannell, S Archer, D Foley, B Holland, O'Callaghan, T O'Donnell, CJ Stander.

Replacements: M Sherry, J Cronin, J Ryan, R Copeland, J O'Donoghue, D Williams, I Keatley, R O'Mahony.

Pat Lam, meanwhile, has made ten changes to the Connacht team that defeated Munster.

Tiernan O'Halloran starts at full-back and is joined in the back three by Niyi Adeolokun and Fionn Carr, with Rory Parata named in the centre alongside Peter Robb. Jack Carty and Fionn Carr team up in the half-back line.

Ronan Loughney and Rodney Ah You start in a front row alongside hooker Tom McCartney as Quinn Roux and Andrew Browne lock down in the second row.

Jake Heenan returns from injury to join Eoin McKeon and John Muldoon in the back row.

Connacht (XV v Treviso): T O'Halloran; N Adeolokun, R Parata, P Robb, F Carr; J Carty, J Cooney; R Loughney, T McCartney, R Ah You, Q Roux, A Browne, S O'Brien, J Heenan, E McKeon.

Replacements: D Heffernan, JP Cooney, F Bealham, A Muldowney, J Muldoon, C Blade, AJ MacGinty, R Henshaw.

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