Frisch declared fit for visit of Ospreys

Munster’s Antoine Frisch in action against Edinburgh. Photo: Mark Scates.

ANTOINE Frisch has been declared fit and included in the Munster XV for Friday night’s URC quarter-final tilt with Ospreys at Thomond Park.

It is one of three personnel changes to the side that beat Ulster.

Frisch, who turned 28 at the weekend, returns from a leg injury to make his 40th Munster appearance in the only change to the backline with John Hodnett and Gavin Coombes coming into the pack.

The back three of Simon Zebo, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly is unchanged.

Seán O’Brien and Frisch form the centre partnership as O’Brien moves to inside centre.

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Craig Casey and Jack Crowley continue their half-back partnership.

Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell and Stephen Archer pack down in the front row with RG Snyman and captain Tadhg Beirne completing an unchanged front five.

Peter O’Mahony, Hodnett and Coombes start in the back row.

Ahead of the fixture, Ospreys coach Tony Booth told the BBC of his admiration of home boss Graham Rowntree.

“He’s a very competitive individual, his team represent that, and he’s taken them to the next level,” said Booth. “They’s come from adversity, there’s been parts of their season that haven’t always gone the way they would’ve like, but ended up on top.

“That tells you they’ve got a tight group, with a  lot of quality. They’re a team that know how to win, and that makes them a dangerous opponent.”

Munster: Simon Zebo; Calvin Nash, Antoine Frisch, Seán O’Brien, Shane Daly; Jack Crowley, Craig Casey; Jeremy Loughman, Niall Scannell, Stephen Archer; RG Snyman, Tadhg Beirne, captain; Peter O’Mahony, John Hodnett, Gavin Coombes.

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, John Ryan, Oli Jager, Jack O’Donoghue, Alex Kendellen, Conor Murray, Tony Butler, Mike Haley.