Van Graan rings the changes for Edinburgh knockout game

Simon Zebo will play his last game at Thomond Park for Munster against Edinburgh. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Munster head coach Johann van Graan has made 12 changes from the side that drew with Ulster last time out for the visit of Edinburgh to Thomond Park in Saturday’s Guinness Pro14 semi final qualifier.

Van Graan has effectively named his strongest possible starting XV for the do or die game that has a 3:15 kick-off tomorrow.

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Simon Zebo returns to the full back position in what will be his final outing at Thomond Park and is flanked on the wings by Keith Earls and Andrew Conway.

Sammy Arnold and Rory Scannell are named in the centre positions with the game coming too early for Jaco Taute to return.

JJ Hanrahan is preferred to Ian Keatley at out half and Conor Murray comes in for James Hart who drops to the bench.

James Cronin, Rhys Marshall and Stephen Archer make up the front row, while Jean Kleyn is partnered by Billy Holland in the second row.

Captain Peter O’Mahony, CJ Stander and Jack O’Donoghue complete the starting lineup in the back row positions.

The winners of the Munster v Edinburgh clash will face Leinster at the RDS in the Pro14 semi final on Saturday, May 19.

MUNSTER: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Sammy Arnold, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; JJ Hanrahan, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Rhys Marshall, Stephen Archer; Jean Kleyn, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (C), Jack O’Donoghue, CJ Stander; Replacements: Mike Sherry, Dave Kilcoyne, Ciaran Parker, Gerbrandt Grobler, Robin Copeland, James Hart, Ian Keatley, Darren Sweetnam.

EDINBURGH: Blair Kinghorn; Dougie Fyfe, Mark Bennett, Chris Dean, Duhan van der Merwe; Jaco van der Welt, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Jordan Lay, Stuart McInally, Simon Berghan; Ben Toolis, Grant Gilchrest; Magnus Bradbury, Jamie Ritchie, Villiame Mata; Replacements: Neil Cochrane, Allan Dell, WP Nel, Lewis Carmichael, Cornell Du Preez, Nathan Fowles, Duncan Weir, James Johnstone.