ONLY a week out from the Champions Cup away to Cell C Sharks – injury has ruled-out Antoine Frisch of this evening’s crucial URC outing with Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park, 5.15pm.
In a brief statement, a Munster Rugby spokesman said: “Antoine is unavailable due to a low-grade leg injury, but is expected to return to training next week.”
The team shows three changes to the starting XV that beat Scarlets last time out as Mike Haley, Jack Crowley and Dave Kilcoyne come into the side.
Haley starts at full-back for the first time since January on his return from an ankle injury with in-form wingers Calvin Nash and Shane Daly starting on either flank.
A new centre partnership sees Crowley and Malakai Fekitoa team up in midfield for the first time with Paddy Patterson and Joey Carbery in the half-backs for the fourth successive game.
Kilcoyne, Diarmuid Barron and Roman Salanoa pack down in the front row with Jean Kleyn and Fineen Wycherley combining for the fourth game in-a-row in the engine room.
The back-row of captain Jack O’Donoghue, John Hodnett and Gavin Coombes is again unchanged.
In the replacements, Scott Buckley, Stephen Archer, Craig Casey, Rory Scannell and Simon Zebo join the squad with RG Snyman set for his second appearance of the season.
Munster: Mike Haley; Calvin Nash, Malakai Fekitoa, Jack Crowley, Shane Daly; Joey Carbery, Paddy Patterson; Dave Kilcoyne, Diarmuid Barron, Roman Salanoa; Jean Kleyn, Fineen Wycherley; Jack O’Donoghue (captain), John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.
Replacements: Scott Buckley, Josh Wycherley, Stephen Archer, RG Snyman, Alex Kendellen, Craig Casey, Rory Scannell, Simon Zebo.