Team News: Casey and Healy start at halfback for Munster against Connacht

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BILLY Holland will captain a strong Munster team this evening as the men in red welcome Connacht to Thomond Park (19:45 KO, Eir Sport 1)

A win for Munster against Andy Friend’s side would secure them a place in the Guinness PRO14 final.

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Johann Van Graan has gone with a strong XV that includes Ireland squad members Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Shane Daly and Craig Casey.

James Cronin and Niall Scannell are joined in the frontrow by Stephen Archer who will his 224th appearance for the province. The retiring Billy Holland pairs Fineen Wycherley in the second row while the in-form Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete and Gavin Coombes make up the backrow.

Munster will start with an exciting backline as youngsters Craig Casey and Ben Healy are selected at halfback. Rory Scannell comes in for Damian De Allende at inside centre and will partner the bruising Chris Farrell. Mike Haley, Andrew Conway and Shane Daly complete the team in the back three.

Munster: Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Chris Farrell, Rory Scannell, Shane Daly; Ben Healy, Craig Casey; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; Fineen Wycherley, Billy Holland (C); Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, John Ryan, Jean Kleyn, Jack O’Sullivan, Nick McCarthy, Joey Carbery, Damien de Allende.

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